Forever is too long to be alone.
Professor Avery Cook has spent his career researching the mysterious side of New Orleans. Superstitions, legends, and lore—Avery has an academic explanation for all of them….
Until one night when he walks into a bar and his life changes.
In a sea of impossibly beautiful people, Tyson stands out, and he sweeps Avery off his feet with his old-world charm and romanticism. But there’s a darkness in Tyson too, and Avery discovers Tyson is part of a world he thought existed only in books and stories—the paranormal tales he studies at the university.
Tyson’s been lonely for a long time, and he’s falling in love with Avery. But his past is a long one, and it’s full of enemies and danger. The best way to keep Avery safe is to push him away….
Intriguing blurb wouldn’t you say? My interest perked up as soon as I saw the authors initials and the cover caught my eye but when I read the blurb, I knew I had to read this one. I’ve found an easy comfort with O’Shea’s stories and look forward to each and every one. So it’s no surprise that I was pleasantly rewarded with this one. This round she captivates us with a paranormal twist. At first I thought Vampires! But as the smoke clears we discover it’s not really vampires after all. Rather interesting twist and although I love blood suckers, I was not disappointed here.
New Orleans is such a fun place to visit and luckily, I’ve had the pleasure to check it out firsthand. Slipping back into the muggy air tinged with mouth-watering eats and bone rattling music made my face light up. I can picture an ordinary gate that leads to hidden hideaways with perfect clarity. I believe the setting was spot on for the story and O’Shea nailed. it. I enjoyed the pace and had trouble putting it aside when my reading time was over, eager to pick it up and continue straightaway. Between the smooth writing and flow and the fun backdrop, there’s a lot to like with this addition to the Dreamspun Beyond line.
It’s not often you come across a story that builds and bubbles with SO much sexual static electricity the word appear to vibrate on the page. The sexual tension was intense! And I loved it. Not necessarily a slow burn but a spark that came sharper and stronger as things continue. Avery is young, socially awkward and desperately attracted to the stranger he spies at the bar. A secret bar he finds himself in with his best friends one evening. He’s an expert (almost) on paranormal creatures and deep down questions this peculiar place filled with extraordinary people but he can’t help him irrational desires for more. Once he meets Tyson, all bets are off. They nearly combust with a simple touch and everyone around them can feel it too. Unfortunately, Tyson has secrets and demons from his past. Unveiling his secrets was exciting. He has finally found someone, the someone, but he’s afraid of the danger he can’t help but bring into Avery’s life. He’s waited so long for Avery but fears reality is cruel and he can’t have him and keep him safe. His safety is more important than Tyson’s heart’s desires, so he must let him go. They are in the Big Easy but things definitely aren’t easy.
A world where creatures of the night do in fact exist. A sexually charged book that pulsates with need. A monster age gap. A freaky deaky ex that will annoy you. And finally, a sweet romance that will make your heart flutter.
Paranormal fans, Dreamspun Beyond fans, O’Shea fans and anyone else looking for something off the beaten brick path.