Book Reviews

Eynhallow by A.J. Llewellyn at Amber Allure

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 01-January-2013

Book Blurb

Shaw and Innes are the lucky protectors of the remote Scottish island of Eynhallow. A mysterious, rocky outcrop uninhabited except for Shaw and Innes, it is steeped in paranormal legend. When a strange man arrives by boat a few days before Christmas, they're inclined to let him suffer the wounds he's endured lost at sea when they rescue him. After all, he spouts a lot of misconceptions about Eynhallow's most famous residents—the finfolk, a reputedly vicious strain of mermen of lore.

When Peter Colcross realizes his saviors are themselves finfolk and can shapeshift into human form, he is forced to rethink everything he thought about sea magic and what might have become of his wife who disappeared after leaving their Glasgow home in search of Eynhallow a few years ago. He's determined to find her because he's read that finfolk lure women to their doom on the island. But these mermen are kind and caring creatures.

They're also gay.

What is the mystery of Eynhallow, and will Peter ever discover the truth? And will he be able to forgive and let go of the past in order to move forward into the future?

Book Review

Eynhallow is a touching story, full of mystery, two mermen who are deeply in love, and a shared secret that we don’t get to fully understand until the end of the story. I loved the descriptions of their remote island which is so very different from our hectic world. Some of the comments they made about modern life and its devices were really funny. Their determination to maintain their isolation is clear, and the reasons for it only emerge slowly.

Shaw and Innes are the protectors of a remote Scottish island, and they take their task very seriously. As 'finfolk', they know of the damage mankind can bring to their shores if they're not careful. But they also value life, so when a stranger is about to drown, they end up rescuing him despite their fear he'll find out too much. The story revolves around their getting to know him, and the revelations of his reasons for coming to their island. While this part of the story kept me interested enough, the love between Shaw and Innes also became obvious; not just in some very hot interludes, but in the way they treated and respected each other. They kept each other and their environment safe at all times.

This is a story to be savored, and maybe even read a few times, since I'm sure it has a different flavor once you know how it ends. If you like stories that are as mysterious as they are beautiful, if you enjoy a touch of the paranormal and how it interacts with the 'modern' world, and if you're up for a major twist at the end, one that will most probably surprise you, you will probably love this novella as much as I did.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 17000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-December-2012
Price $4.00
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