Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Hard As Stone
Author: Rory Ni Coileain
Series: Soulshares #1
Heroes: Tiernan Guaire/Kevin Almstead
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 185 Pages
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Release Date: October 18, 2012
Available at: Ravenous Romance, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Tiernan Guaire is a Fae in exile. Forced from the Realm into the human world for the unimaginable crime of a brother’s murder, he lives by a century-old vow, to trust no one, and never to allow himself to love or be loved.
Kevin Almstead has just lost his future, to a vote of the partners at his law firm. Trying to escape for an evening, he ventures into Purgatory, the hottest all-male nightclub in Washington, D.C., where he allows himself to be seduced by a stranger with long blond hair and ice-blue eyes.
Drawn into a Soulshare bond with his intended one-night stand, Tiernan soon learns that the most ancient and evil enemy of the Fae still walks the human world, and it will stop at nothing – certainly not Kevin Almstead – to possess the magick of a Noble Fae.
Marked as a kinslayer, Tiernan is banished from the Realm and sent to the human world to await the possibility of a souldshare bond. Now, well over a century has passed and Tiernan’s content existence is about to be rocked when he meets Kevin Almstead, the other half of his soul. Kevin’s just been told he has no ambition and passed over, yet again, for a chance as partner at his law firm. He’s not gay but that doesn’t stop him from going to an all-male nightclub for a drink and letting a hot stranger pick him up. But what was meant to be a one-night stand turns into so much more. Can these two figure out what sharing a soul really means before an evil entity consumes them both?
I really, really loved these guys. At first, I was a little confused why Kevin, a straight man, would stop at a gay club but once I started to understand the soulshare bond, I understood why. Still, I really liked that Kevin was so enamored with Tiernan while Tiernan tried his best to keep his distance from Kevin without actually putting distance between them (at least after he gets the denial out of the way). I really liked the fact that there was so much meat behind the fae parts of the stories. I loved learning about them and what Tiernan’s been through, as well as, his magic.
There were a lot of things I had issues with in this book, though, but I’m only going to mention my two biggest problems. Firstly, there was too much sex for my tastes. I got to the point where I ended up skimming it because there was too much, not to mention there was sex with a female and where another being took over Kevin’s body and had sex with Tiernan. That, unfortunately, wasn’t my cup of tea. Secondly, to me, the book had too many side-plots going on that ultimately made the story a little chaotic. At the same time, the multiple conflicts also dragged the story out too much for my liking. Although, I will freely admit that I absolutely adored the ending!
Overall, I liked the book but I did have my issues. It definitely had an intriguing plot and I really enjoyed all the aspects around the fae and soulshare bond, especially the conflicts surrounding that. I felt like the blackmail side-plot was unnecessary in the grand scheme of things but that’s just my opinion. There was too much sex but I still loved the characters. So, if you’re looking for something smutty with an intriguing storyline, definitely give this one a try.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*