Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Author: Chris Quinton
Series: Melusine’s Cats #1
Heroes: Jesse Adams/Will Blake
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 188 Pages
Publisher: Kouros Books
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: The mutual attraction between Jesse and Will is a bonus for Melusine when her enemies close in and she needs to rebuild her war band—starting with Jesse, Will, and Greymalkin.
Jesse Adams is an ex-rugby player who’s gone into seclusion to avoid the media following a guilty verdict in a court case. Jesse has come to live for a year in Greenlynn, where he is supposed to be writing his biography.
Will Blake is an out and proud policeman, respected and liked by the community he helps to protect from rural crime.
When the two men meet their attraction is instant, but they have no idea their love will draw them into a centuries’ old conflict.
Melusine, a deity of rivers and seas, long ago lost the Battle of the Betrayal and is imprisoned in a nexus centered on the source of the Lynn River. She can only travel in the flowing water of her river, and cannot set foot on her banks. Her cats are not so bound. Neither pets nor familiars, they move freely between the realities, her agents among the humans who live along the Lynn.
Greymalkin. It’s the kind of title that makes you tilt your head and go ‘hmmm’. It’s unique enough to make me want to pick up the book and at least check out the blurb. Rugby player and a cop? Hmmm. A centuries old conflict of deities and epic battles? Hmmm. Cats who move between worlds? Okay. I’m reading this damn book!
It started out with some background on Jesse, a rugby player who was forced into retirement after he was convicted of a violent crime he didn’t commit. He’s off to Greenlynn, where he’s going to spend a year writing his biography and licking his wounds. Hmmm. I’m not exactly sure where Greenlynn is supposed to be, but my best guess is Ireland. The story setting is actually one of my favorite parts as the author brings the weather, the cottages, and the pubs all to life here in the USA for me.
So far so good, on to the next chapter! And that’s where I once again found myself scrunching up my eyebrows and making a cliché Hmmm face. The introduction of many new characters, as well as Melusine, an ancient water deity, and her cats was quite confusing at this point. The language is a bit tedious, and I wasn’t quite sure who was supposed to be good and who was supposed to be evil. BUT, this is a paranormal/fantasy story! You’re supposed to have lots of Hmmm moments and even a few W.T.F. ones!
Onward! With the introduction of Will, one of only two police officers in the small town, things begin to get romancey. I love how the author works Greymalkin, one of Melusine’s cat protectors, into the story as she develops tension and a relationship between Jesse and Will. As the story progresses, I find myself Hmmm-ing less frequently as the fantasy portion of the story really begin to balance out with the contemporary portions from here on out.
In the end, although there were a lot of things that make you go Hmmm, I felt the story was intriguing and well-developed on many levels. The romance is a solid aspect of the Greymalkin, which I personally love despite the very urban fiction nature of the story. I did feel the world is lacking some clarity. To be honest, I’m still not sure whether Melusine is good or evil! But I’m thinking that is part of the reason to come back for more when the next book of the series releases. I guess all we can do is wait, hmmm?
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*