Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Gale Force
Author: Rory Ni Coileain
Series: Soulshares #2
Heroes: Connall Dary/Josh LaFontaine
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Available at: Ravenous Romance, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo
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Blurb: Conall Dary is the most powerful mage born to the Fae race since the Realm was parted from the human world, over two thousand years ago. But that very power condemns him to a lifetime of celibacy, because sex calls to power, and he has power enough to drain a world. When he refuses to use his talents for a Noble lady’s petty revenge, he finds himself shanghaied to the human world, his soul torn in half and his magick blocked. Josh LaFontaine is the beautifully inked owner of Raging Art-On, a Washington, D.C. tattoo and piercing parlor. While taking part in New York City’s Pride march with a former lover’s dance company, his world changes forever when the man of his dreams materializes out of nowhere at his feet . Josh’s sensual and loving touch, the first Conall has ever known, may be enough to give him back the magick he’s lost. But before they can complete their Soulshare, a terrible accident leaves Conall bodiless, lost, and invisible, to everyone except – maybe – the human with whom he shares a soul. But Josh will need to find him before the ancient evil of the Marfach does or everything they have – and more – will be lost.
During New York City’s Pride march, an unconscious but beautiful man literally appears out of thin air right at Josh’s feet. Strangely drawn to the man, Josh takes him home, hoping to heal his injuries. After Conall refuses a Noble, he’s forced through the Pattern to Earth and wakes up to the other half of his soul taking care of him. The Pattern did more than just rip his soul in half, it also stripped him of his ability to channel magick, causing excruciating pain that only Josh seems to lessen. But when Josh is called back to D.C., Conall tries finding another way to ease the pain and accidentally loses his body in the process while alerting his presence to the Marfach, the evil being trying to return to his former glory. With the Marfach so close and Conall without a body, will Josh and Conall be able to complete their SoulShare and save themselves from the ancient evil trying to destroy them?
This story was nothing like I expected since I thought it’d be along the same lines as the previous book, Hard as Stone. And, yes, while obviously the book has the same elements, the feel of the story is different. In this one, Conall and Josh have to overcome the issue of Conall enduring severe pain if he gets too aroused. Personally, I really liked this because it meant the story didn’t start off from the get-go all smutty. Beyond that, I adored the characters. Conall is feisty and sarcastic at times. He holds a lot of power and he knows what the power can do so he has a lot of control and knowledge, which is very at odds with his innocent nature when it comes to sex. At the same time, I really liked Josh. I loved that he was channeling magick into the tattoos he created and that his tats were alive because of that magick. I really adored that about him but I also liked that Josh was such a very sweet, caring guy and I loved how much he cared for Conall. Yes, this one is insta-love, as well, but I still felt like Conall and Josh had feelings for each other that weren’t just because of having the same soul.
While I enjoyed this one move than the previous book, Hard as Stone, I had some of the same issues. Mainly, there was a lot of sex congregated together. Yes, I understand why there has to be so much sex, that’s how they’re able to channel their magick, but for me it’s just too much and I ended up skimming or skipping pages entirely. Another problem I had was that I found myself confused more than a few times during the story. I can’t even pinpoint exactly what it is but the story would be moving along then something would happen or a character would say something and I kept just going “What?? I don’t understand why they’re doing/saying this!” Sometimes answers to my confusion would eventually be revealed but others I was still confused on.
In the end, I still enjoyed this read. I adored the characters in this one with Conall being so innocent but powerful while Josh was the opposite. The storyline with the Marfach is moving along nicely, although I found some of the POVs featuring him and Janek to be a little excessive, I’m still looking forward to seeing how things escalate from here and who will show up next. I’m also looking forward to seeing more of these guys again!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*