Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: A Menacing Tempest
Author: Shea Balik
Series: Druid’s Curse #3
Heroes: Cullen & Ulf
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 181 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 14, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When it came to defense, or offense when needed, Cullen McIntyre thought he was prepared. It wasn’t until he watched as monsters he’d never knew existed walked out of thin air to kill members of his family, twice, that Cullen realized how wrong he’d been. By the third time he’d come face to face with those determined to kill him and the rest of his family for doing their duty, Cullen knew he needed help, and lots of it.
The moment Ulf laid eyes on Cullen, he’d been enthralled by the man’s resolve to protect what was left of his family. Being shot and left for dead by Cullen should have cooled his desire for the fiery man, but it only made him want him more. By the time he caught up to Cullen, Ulf knew, without a doubt, the druid was destined to be his. Now he just needed to convince Cullen of that.
As Cullen and Ulf join their friends to fight the monsters from the realm of the Fae, they find there is a new threat waiting to get through the Veil. A threat they might not be able to defeat. Will Ulf & Cullen get their chance at happily ever after, or will the Fae finally succeed in their quest to destroy the veil?
Oh my gosh, I loved this book! I’ve enjoyed this series so far but this one really got to me and I didn’t want to stop reading. I liked that Ulf is the fiercest of the guys and that Cullen is just as strong but in a different way. Cullen would like to think he’s prepared but he had no idea what he was getting into with the Unseelie’s pets. It was interesting to see how strong and stubborn he was and I loved that he can provide another defense against the Fae. With Ulf, I really liked seeing him brought down a peg by Cullen and even though he could best Cullen in fighting, Cullen is still able to put up a fight against Ulf when they’re sparring. I enjoyed the fact that Cullen was already a fighter and was a true believer in his history. It was a nice change from the previous books.
This one really gets down to things. We learn more about the Fae and about the history of the druid’s that Ryley and Kegan didn’t know because they didn’t believe. We also learn that the Veil is falling at a faster rate than anyone expected and more about Fen. It was intriguing to see things progress so much and how we see the guys adapting to this new knowledge. Especially the knowledge that the Veil can open even outside the usual times.
While this is easily my favorite book from the series, as with the others, it was too smutty for me. I loved the connection between Ulf and Cullen but once they had sex, the story was dominated by smut after that. I wanted to see them get closer and see more of the others, more than I wanted to see them have sex.
Overall, this was an amazing story. I was sucked in right from the start when Cullen accidentally shoots Ulf and couldn’t put it down once I started. I loved them as characters but also really enjoyed them together and it was interesting to see the rest of the guys again. I’m loving where this series is going and can’t wait to read what happens next. Just know that you should really read books one and two before picking this one up or you might not enjoy it as much as you could.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*