Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Beneath the Surface
Author: Shea Balik
Series: Druid’s Curse #5
Heroes: Teegan & Hrafn
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 189 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 5, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: His whole life Hrafn had been ridiculed for his inability to always understand things. He was slower than others when it came to comprehending the world around him, but that didn’t mean he didn’t want what everyone else did – love. Yet, he was sure that would never happen for him, for who could ever learn to love someone like him?
With a knock on the door, Teagan’s world had been changed. Unsure how life could be so cruel and take his family from him, Teagan struggled to find meaning in his life. Searching for his ancestry led him to the place where the origins of his family tree began. If he’d known his being there would bring hell upon earth to that small town, he never would have come. Then again, if he hadn’t, he never would have met his fate.
Hrafn and Teagan must find a way to break down the barriers of their past so they can see what is Beneath the Surface if they hope to find their eternal love.
Okay, this one was HANDS DOWN my favorite of the series! I’ve been waiting for Hrafn’s story since we first met him and I was not disappointed! I loved how sweet and caring he was and how almost innocent he is. Now, he’s definitely NOT innocent but he has that vibe to him. One of the things that really got to me was how Hrafn isn’t mentally challenged but he does have some mental issues from being beaten by his father so sometimes it’s hard for him to understand things but he gets there eventually and I loved that he didn’t let that slight disability get in the way of things. Yes, he was hurt at times but he didn’t hold grudges and he understand that he wasn’t always the easiest to be around because of that. As for Teegan, I wasn’t sure at first what to think about him. I liked this awesome power he had but, as a character, I wasn’t sure if I liked him at first but he really grew on me and every time he tried to understand Hrafn, I fell a little more in love with him. The two together are very sweet and I adored the fact that they didn’t bond instantly but gave it a little bit of time.
I only had two little niggles with this one. One, it was a bit too smutty for my tastes and two, I still have the same questions unanswered as I do after reading Fatal Frost. I also don’t understand why all the druids aren’t combining their powers to defeat the fae. This one we see a little more teamwork but a majority of the druids still aren’t doing much when the others are fighting and my biggest question is why. When the fae were flying around, why didn’t Cullen use his ability to try and sidetrack them or have any of the others involved? I would have liked to see more of them combining their abilities especially since the first few books kept mentioning the prophecy and how all of the druids would have to work together.
All in all, though, this was definitely my favorite of the series so far. I loved Hrafn and Teegan as characters and I’m really enjoying how this arc is developing. I wish we still had more answers and I wish more of the druids would work together when they’re faced with all their obstacles but I really loved this one and I can’t wait to get the next book in my greedy little hands!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*