Book Review: Tempted from the Oak by Rory Ni Coileain

Reviewed by Susan65

Tempted from the OakTitle: Tempted from the Oak
Author: Rory Ni Coileain
Heroes: Gavin and Tearlach
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 75 Pages
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Release Date: March 28, 2014
Available at: Ellora’s Cave, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble 
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Blurb: With his blue eyes and heart-melting smile, Gavin could have been made to order to entice Tearlach, a lonely tree spirit. But the human has been enticed—stolen from snow-buried Minneapolis to the Scottish Highlands by Tearlach’s darag, the ancient oak tree of which he is the living spirit.

Tearlach is trapped within the darag by the terrible memory of his own death—hundreds, maybe thousands of years ago, but as recent to him as his last heartbeat. And if desire for the handsome human fails to tempt him out, spirit and oak are both doomed.

Gavin is more than willing to be Tearlach’s temptation. But Gavin has a history of his own—a hopeless dream, one impossible relationship after another. Surely a perfect lover, a sensual tree spirit living in the shadow of a holy mountain half a world away, is another unattainable dream. Can he expect Tearlach to trust his heart when he doesn’t trust it himself?


I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book and decided to just let it flow and surprise me. Well, it definitely surprised me. I can honestly say that I have never read anything like this book before, and even struggled at first while trying to figure out which category it even belonged in…fantasy, otherworld, magic-user? I settled on fantasy and decided to go with the flow. It was extremely well written, descriptive, and was very poetic, especially for a MM romance novella.

Tearlach is one with his Darag, his Oak tree. They share a spirit and have been together for over two thousand years. However, Tearlach can manifest into a man and leave the tree during the nights. He meets the human, Gavin, and they have an instant connection, and near instant make-out session. In Gavin’s defense, he did believe he was dreaming, so I give him a pass on the naughty behavior with the beautiful tree sprite. The gist of the story is the budding romance between Tearlach and Gavin and how they are going to make this interspecies relationship work.

This is a short novella so things move pretty quickly. I was enthralled with the beautiful writing and the Scottish words, but I found that it took me quite a bit of time to understand exactly what was going on. Considering I do not normally read fantasy this was a laborious feat but once I was got rolling I could appreciate the creative brilliance in this writers works.

Overall Impression: I liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2014, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Tempted from the Oak by Rory Ni Coileain

  1. Thank you so much! *grinning* My Grove stories are where I let my poetic side come out to play — I love my wise-arse Fae, but every once in a while I just want to get romantic, dammit. 😉

  2. You are very welcome…and romance is always a good thing 🙂

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