Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Deep Plunge
Author: Rory Ni Coileain
Series: SoulShares #3
Heroes: Lochlann Doran/Garrett Templar
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 202 Pages
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Release Date: August 28, 2013
Available at: Ravenous Romance, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: For the last six hundred years or so, the only things reminding Lochlann Doran he’s a Fae have been his faceted aquamarine eyes and the fact that he can’t die. He’s been a wanderer for so long in the human world – over two thousand years – that he’s lost his magick, including the gift of healing that goes along with being a Fae of the Demesne of Water. Finding his SoulShare might get it back for him. But it might kill him, too.
Garrett Templar has been living on borrowed time, in a sense, since he was eighteen, when one of the johns he entertained to pay the bills while he danced at Purgatory infected him with HIV. It was always supposed to be a “manageable” disease, though, at least until a cure was found. Except he’s just found out that the virus in his system has inexplicably mutated into full-blown AIDS, and no known drug cocktail can even slow it down.
And when Lochlann and Garrett find each other at last, on Purgatory’s dance floor, the only thing as urgent as their need for one another is the hunger of an ancient evil to do whatever is necessary to possess Lochlann’s magick…
Lochlann was the first fae to go through the Pattern, the now only portal that allowed a fae to get from the Realm to Earth. For two thousand years, he’s walked the Earth in search of his SoulShare, the other half of his soul. With his magick drying up over six hundred years ago, he’s lost hope in ever finding his mate. Garrett is man who’s going to die. A dancer at Purgatory, he has a strong suspicion that his HIV status has progressed into AIDS. When Garrett falls during a dance, Lochlann’s there to help but neither man are sure what being together would mean. But when the Marfachs sets his sight on Lochlann, he’s determined to use whatever bait he can, putting not only Lochlann in danger but Garrett as well. With fate throwing so many life-threatening problems at them, will these two ever be able to bask in their bond or will the Marfach destroy them before that’s even possible?
With each book I read in this series, I like it more than the previous one. This one is no different and, in fact, is my favorite so far. For me, this one had a lot of emotion. Garrett is bitter and upset with himself and being sick. He’s also resigned to the fact he’s dying and can’t do anything about it. Lochlann is a healer who can’t heal and resents another fae, Cuinn, for being a fae without magick. They both have their issues but when they meet, the instant connection is strong and pushes for them to be near each other. I really loved that but I also liked that neither of them knew what would happen if they were together. Garrett was afraid that Lochlann would turn into more than just a john and make him ‘hope’ for something better while Lochlann wasn’t sure if he’d even live past completing the SoulShare bond. It was an interesting twist to the story and made the suspense on what would happen all the more sweeter.
The Marfach is no less evil in this one and determined to devour Lochlann and his magick. I felt like this one had a few new developments to the overall storyline and really got to answer some questions that I know I’ve been wondering about since the first one. This one has a lot more of the Loremasters and answers a few questions about them. They’re still enigmas but it’s easy to see why they’re so interested in the SoulShares and their bonds.
I really, really loved this one except, like the previous two books, there was a bit too much sex for me! This one doesn’t actually have much until about 60% or so but after that point, I felt like there was a big cluster of smexing that was a tad too much for a girl like me.
Overall, this was a fabulous story. I loved that Garrett’s disease fit in nicely with the rest of the story. It was a nice contrast between human issues and fae issues. I absolutely adored the characters and how much emotional depth there was. Yes, it’s insta-love but the length Lochlann went to keep Garrett alive almost had me tearing up! There’s one more book left in the SoulShares series and I’m eager to read it because it’s about time Cuinn got a shock of his own!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*