Title: Jack of Thorns (Inheritance, #1)
Author: Amelia Faulkner
Publisher: LoveLight Press
Expected Release Date: May 13, 2016
Genre: Paranormal, M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook, Paperback
Page Count: 442
Rating: 3 Stars
Florist. Psychic. Addict.
Laurence Riley coasts by on good looks and natural charm, but underneath lies a dark chasm that neither heroin nor lovers can fill. Sobriety is a pipe dream which his stalker ex-boyfriend is pushing him away from. Luckily, Laurence has powers most can only dream of. If only he could control them.
Aristocrat. Psychic. Survivor.
Quentin d’Arcy is the product of centuries of wealth, privilege, and breeding, and is on the run from all three. A chance encounter with an arresting young florist with a winning smile could make him stop. Laurence is kind, warm, and oddly intriguing but Quentin’s wild telekinesis and his fear of sex make dating a dangerous game.
When opposites attract, they collide.
Desperate to fix his rotting life, Laurence prays for aid and accidentally summons a fertility god who prefers to be called Jack. Jack is willing to help out for a price, and it’s one Laurence just can’t pay: he must keep Jack fed with regular offerings of sex, and the florist has fallen for the one man in San Diego who doesn’t want any.
If they’re to survive Jack’s wrath, Laurence and Quentin must master their blossoming feelings and gifts, but even then the cost of Laurence’s mistake could well overwhelm them both. How exactly are mere mortals supposed to defeat a god?
Jack of Thorns is the first book in the Inheritance series and contains mature themes and events which may be distressing to some readers. It has a low heat rating and an HFN ending.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
At a glance, this looked like opposites attract. A fair haired and tanned average American met dark haired and pale British aristocrat. Somehow, they struck a bond and developed a friendship. The further we went, the more it revealed they had more in common other than their psychic abilities. They were both addicts.
Their friendship was pretty much what drew me to this story. Coming from different world, how Laurence and Quentin could be comfortable with one another was a journey. That both were far from perfect – damaged, even – hooked me further (yes, I had soft spot for damaged people). The heat meter on this book was also pretty low, romantic wise; the most you’d read was the guys kissing. Those who prefer steamy read might be disappointed; not me though – that’s a bonus in my book!
The story was told from two alternate POVs, each with very distinct American and British voice. However, the percentage was bigger on Laurence’s POV; which was why I felt there was not enough exposure on Quentin’s side of the story. We knew why Laurence fell into his addiction, what drove him to it; we knew his abilities have to do with plants and vision, but that he didn’t really master one of them properly.
On Quentin’s side, it’s a bit hazy. It was implied that he’s on the run from his father and estranged from his whole family, he seemed to have trauma that could trigger his ability to channel though he never realized he had that ability until Laurence told him. Again, these were all not described further. Granted, Jack of Thorns being a first in “Inheritance” series might mean there would be more story to come; so I guess we shall have to wait and see.
The part with Jack or Green Man or Cernunnos was interesting. Although, it was strange how Myriam – Laurence’s mother – not being involved much or gave more guidance to his son. Somehow it gave the issue lack of importance, despite the catastrophe Jack had wrecked and planned. And especially with the way he kept saying, that Laurence’s ability was so huge and powerful, I kept waiting until the last page to find out and… left puzzling.
Again, I would assume the next installment of the series to be the follow up of all that happened here. I’m not familiar with the author’s style, this being my first ever Amelia Faulkner‘s book, but it’s safe to say I would stalk the book this series. A nice introduction, this. 🙂
ARC is kindly given by the author for the exchange of a fair and honest review.