Book Reviews

Lord Heliodor's Retirement by Amy Rae Durreson at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Magic / Age Gap / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-June-2015

Book Blurb

Unlikely hero Lord Adem Heliodor saved his queen’s life during the Screaming, a magical attack on his city, but his broken nerves have forced him into an unwanted early retirement to his country estate. Adem thinks his life is over, but retirement holds some surprises. First, there’s his new librarian, who turns out to be not just the first love he thought was dead, but also someone surprisingly knowledgeable about political intrigue. Then there’s the assassin in the orchard and the discovery that the Screaming was just the first attack on the city.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package "Never Too Late."


Book Review

Sometimes it is those who seem least likely to be heroes who end up saving the day. But since they are not used to being brave, they often find it difficult to deal with the fallout. Lord Adem Heliodor is a man who showed unexpected courage in the face of a horrible threat – and if this were a contemporary story, the doctors would tell him he suffers from PTSD. This is a fantasy though, so the terms are different, but the facts are the same. Adem will need to redefine his life, and it isn’t an easy journey for him. It was, however, an enjoyable one for me to read!

Nobody, least of all Adem himself, would call Lord Heliodor a hero – yet he has done a lot for his queen and country. In the process of fighting the Screaming, a nasty curse that turns people into bloodthirsty monsters, his health and nerves took a beating, and now his self-control and self-confidence are no longer what they used to be. He withdraws to his country home, more reluctantly than not, and is supposed to be retired. A state of affairs he does not easily tolerate, and if it weren’t for Corem, I don’t think Adem would have survived the enforced state of relaxation.

Corem is an unexpected surprise, and Adem takes his time to accept everything his lover from over thirty years ago represents. Corem used to be a soldier, and his skills come in very handy when things at the supposedly peaceful country estate start escalating. Both men are no longer as young as they once were, but the passion between them turns out to have survived the years of separation extremely well.

If you like fantastical stories with magic, curses, and royal etiquette, if the tale of two older men reconnecting and discovering there is still a lot to live for sounds interesting, and if you’re looking for a read that is a great mix between an action adventure, a spy novel, and a mature romance, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 52 pages/16871 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2015
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