New Release Review: Undertow by Rory Ni Coileain

30760961Title: Undertow (the SoulShares series #7)

Author: Rory Ni Coileain

Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books

Publication date: July 19, 2016

Genre: Urban Fantasy, M/M/M, Erotica

Format: eBook

Rating: 3.5 Stars



Rhoann Callte, Rhoann Half-Royal, is an impossible Fae. Shape-shifter, he carries the blood of Fae water elementals and has a once-in-a-generation healing gift. Which is his blessing, or his curse, depending on how you look at it – his gift is needed among the exiled Fae of the Demesne of Purgatory, and he’s coerced from his beloved solitude and sent on a one-way trip to the human world.

Vietnam veteran Mac McAllan has been through hell in the last few months, and not just because his new C-leg isn’t performing up to spec. He and his partner of 34 years, stocky bald muscle bear Lucien de Winter, were working at Purgatory when what the owner said was a gas explosion collapsed the building – and put Lucien into a coma back in August. Now it’s October, and an impossibly handsome stranger says he can heal Lucien. But there’s always a price…

A Fae who wants only to be left alone, SoulShared with a human who’s already found the love of his life… and the Marfach testing their incomplete bond, seeking the key to its watery prison. What could go wrong?

♦ Personal Thought ♦

This is the first M/M/M pairing of the SoulShares series featuring Rhoann Callte – a half water Royal bastard – and the Purgatory’s human established couple: bartender Mac and bouncer Lucien. I’m usually not keen on relationship that started as 2+1 instead of 1+1+1, but the way Lucien’s life left hanging at the end of Mantled In Mist?? There’s no way I skip this installment!!
Lucien and Mac made quite a few appearances on the series though I genuinely didn’t thought they would become part of the Fae community they unwittingly worked for. 65 year old Marine vet Mac and his partner of 35 years (standing applause to this couple), 55 year old Lucien, worked in the night club Tiernan Guaire owned for close to two years. TheMarfach last attempt to gain access to living magick resulted in Lucien got viciously hurt and fell into a deep coma doing his job. Mac kept vigil by his bedside for months. On one his break Mac went back to where hell broke loose and captured the attention of the new fae to the human world, Rhoann.

Like every other books in SoulShares universe, this was quite a busy story with multiple POVs (bad, good, existing and new characters). And I really recommend new readers to read the book in order as not to loose the thread of events that gathered momentum from Hard As Stone to this one.

As part of the series, Undertow: Book 7 of the SoulShares Series served as a great continuation of how the Fae of the Demesne of Purgatory doing after the blast that demolished the night club the Fae named the demesne from. As a single book, with such busy actions going on I didn’t get as much account of Lucien, Mac and Rhoann as I like.

Yes, I felt for Rhoann with the way he had been brought up, the solitude, the confusion and the struggle. Individually there were also a few flash back moments from Lucien and Max’s POVs that get me how strong their ties was. What I hoped for more was the building connection between these three as a threesome. There was hesitation, understanding, and acceptance for the inevitable between Mac and Rhoann (which was understandable considering Mac was practically married to Lucien). It was the flip on the lake-bed that I felt was rather instant; from heartbroken to everything-bright-and-wonderful-in-this-world. There were that soulshare pull at play and the magick’s voice – I get that. But I just wish there were more exposure of immobile Lucien to Rhoann than what we had here.

That saying, I’m glad the Marfach and Janek didn’t appear as prominent in this book. And as much as I grumbled the lack of Lucien/Mac/Rhoann here, I was also glad to get to meet the other Fae and their scair-anam (I guess I’m greedy that way). As for steamy department; worry not, readers got plenty to enjoy here – in and out of water. Overall this rounded up another great force to the motley group (of Purgatory fae) and promise of more interesting things to come. I couldn’t wait for Stone Cold to release in a few months!

Advanced copy of this book is provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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