Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Blessed With a Curse
Author: N.J. Nielsen
Series: The Experimentals #1
Heroes: Storm Gennaro/Heath Madden
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 132 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: January 16, 2014
Available at: MLR Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks
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Blurb: What doesn’t kill me – had better start running…Storm Gennaro
When the past calls Storm Gennaro for assistance, he willingly comes to help the man who walked away from him. Thirty years is a long time to be parted from the one person meant to stand at your side forever.
Heath Madden is sick, and his family calls Storm to help save him. All the hurt and betrayal suffered at the man’s hands resurfaces, but not everything is as it seems.
The past has come back to wreak havoc on their lives, and as they dig deeper, they realize they aren’t the only ones whose lives are being played with.
Review: This was the first book in a new paranormal series involving the fae, demons, and a host of paranormal societal parameters we are just beginning to learn. A fae society is living in and amongst humans, and like us, the fae are very discriminatory against any fae being that is perceived as different. Those who do not fit the mold are considered defects and are cast out, or are hunted and never heard from again.
Heath is one of the rejected defects, as is his brother and sister. Storm, Heath’s mate, is not a defect but chose to reject his society to be with his mate. Sadly, someone or something has plans to keep Heath and Storm apart and thus begins the start of all the problems laying ahead for these poor guys. Someone has gone to great lengths to frame Storm and have him appear as a cheater. Fae are notorious for being stubborn and unforgiving of a cheating mate. Heath doesn’t give Storm a chance to prove his innocence and takes off…for THIRY YEARS!!! Now that is one stubborn man considering he needed to be sexual with his mate to survive.
Storm was just crapped on from day one. Friends, and the love of his life, just instantly believed everything bad that was said about him and never once gave him the benefit of the doubt. I was really pissed that 1) he didn’t try to defend himself, and 2) that his friends saw nothing wrong with calling him back only when they needed him. How selfish!
I was, however, very happy that he didn’t just accept them back. When they finally learn the truth, and Heath realized he’s been a real dick to his mate, he feels horrible, BUT Storm doesn’t trust Heath anymore. He can’t trust his mate who crushed him and treated him like royal dog doo for THIRTY years. I wouldn’t trust him either.
I know thirty years sounds like a long time, but these guys are fae so they are immortal; they’ve already been around a while and will be around for lot longer too. But still!
Storm and Heath had a lot to overcome. Trust issues and life & death issues…because someone tried to kill Heath and that someone is the same person who planted the seeds that ruined THIRTY years of their lives. That someone is an awful man and has not only destroyed their THIRTY years but other fae and humans as well.
This is only the first book, and Heath and Storm get their lives back together but they are still fighting a war, a war that will continue in the next book. All in all this was a great start to the series and I look forward to next book.
Overall Impression:I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*