Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Shamrock Green
Author: Jackson Cordd
Heroes: Darren & Hank
Genre: M/M Urban Fantasy
Length: 340 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 2, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: Ever since hearing his granny’s old fairy tales, Hank Lear has longed to experience the ancient magic coursing through Ireland, sure that some grand adventure awaited him among the verdant hills. Now, with his vacation coming to an end, he’s about to return to Texas with nothing but memories of old castles, modern cities, and a cheap Claddagh ring he bought in an antique store. On a whim, Hank visits a bath house on his last night in Dublin, where he meets Darren Connell, a man with plenty of secrets of his own. Obscured by the dim light and thick steam, shy Hank musters the courage to flirt with Darren, and though they can barely see one another, a strong and mysterious connection forms.
Just as Hank is about to leave for the airport, Darren stops him, tells Hank he needs his help, and begs Hank to stay. Hank can’t refuse him, and soon they’re caught in a web of forces outside their control and outside reality as Hank understands it. Each step leads them to Shamrock Green and the last portal to the world of the Fae. With danger closing in, Hank and Darren must decipher their destinies before the portal is lost forever.
The last night Hank Lear is in Ireland, he goes to a bath house in hopes of at least getting laid once before returning to Texas. While at the bath house, he meets Darren Connell, a famous singer who he has an amazingly intense connection with. Before Hank knows it, he’s changing his flight plans to stay with Darren just a little longer and unknowingly thrusts himself right into the middle of a magical world of Fae and other creatures where the last remaining portal is almost closed and Hank and Darren might just be the key to reopening it. Unfortunately, Hank’s as skeptic as can be and it’ll take much more than a great connection, some weird jewelry and a talking cat to make him believe in magic.
When I first started reading this, I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. Not only was Hank, a young looking twink, over 40 but SO WAS Darren! There’s just not enough books out there with couples over 40, IMO, so I was excited to read about one in this book. Granted, it’s not a HUGE thing but I still enjoy reading about characters that aren’t always the young, hot guys we’ve come to see in most of the m/m books we read. In this one, Hank is just a small, Texan man who’s as skeptic of anything related to magic as he can be. Even though he grew up with stories from his grandmother about the Fae and such. Having grown up with magic, Darren already believes and tries his best to get Hank to believe as well. Unfortunately, that’s not an easy job. Where Hank is stubborn, closed-minded and has the build of a twink, Darren is loose, open-minded and has more of a bad boy look, although he’s a sweet and kind man at heart. The two together are adorable and hot and I absolutely loved them and how different their cultures were.
I really liked this book but I felt like it was too long. I was caught up in the story up until about half way through and then it started to drag for me. I loved the descriptions around Hank and Darren’s ancestors but after a certain event happens, I missed the connection between Hank and Darren. But more than that, the ending seemed out of sorts to me. I LOVED it but I can’t help but feel like it wasn’t explained as well as it could have been so I’m still confused on how or why what happened, happened. Also, I felt like there were passages of text that were unnecessary and could have been either taken out entirely or told from Hank or Darren’s POVs.
In the end, though, I really liked this one. It’s got some sweet moments and has a very intriguing world. It had a little too much description and dragged because of that but overall, I loved experiencing how Hank fit into all of it and the connection that Hank and Darren had, plus the world was amazing so I really hope there will be more to come in this setting because I’d love to see how everyone is in a few months or years down the road.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*