Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Love Rising
Author: Piper Vaughn
Series: An Isla Sagrario Story
Heroes: Francis & Wick
Genre: M/M Historical Fantasy
Length: 42 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 1, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.
When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him.
On the island of Sagrario, Francis Holland is just one of the many men wanting a safe and welcome home to be who they really are: men who love other men. Francis has been on Sagrario just long enough to feel the effects of being alone but when he’s tasked with cleaning up a mess on the shore, his life changes forever when he finds Wick, an unconscious merman, and brings him back to health. Before he realizes it, Wick and Francis develop a relationship that is necessary to keep on living but how can they have a lasting relationship when one is bound to the sea and the other to land?
Who knew such a little story could pack such a big punch?! I sure didn’t! This one is short and sweet but it had me almost crying when I thought things weren’t going to work out. I loved the fact that there was such a huge language barrier between Wick and Francis to the point they couldn’t necessarily understand each other. The fact that Francis is from the land and Wick is from the sea created enough conflict to make me want to keep reading and see how everything turned out.
While the characters don’t have as much depth as I would have liked (especially Wick), I still enjoyed how they formed their relationship and what of their personalities we saw. Francis is lonely and just wants someone to spend his life with while Wick is mysterious and drawn to who Francis is. It was interesting to see the effect they both had on one another and the all-consuming emotions they shared.
My only qualms about this one is that I wish it were longer. The world is fascinating and I loved the historical/fantasy combo but I really would have liked to know how Wick fits into that world after everything is said and done. Not to mention being able to finally see Wick and Francis hold an actual verbal conversation or being explained on how Wick was able to put himself and Francis on more even footing. I also had a few more questions about Wick, how he ended up on shore, how he got injured, etc.
All in all, this was a short but sweet, feel good story that had just enough angst to make my heart clench. It was a story I loved reading and didn’t want to stop and I hope the author continues with Francis and Wick’s tale because I’d love to know how they both adapt to their new relationship. Definitely recommended if you’re looking for something short but that will leave you happy and satisfied.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*