Book Reviews

Silver Pearl by M. Raiya at Less Than Three Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Fantasy / Shifters / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 27-March-2013

Book Blurb

Standing in a meadow late at night, not really certain why, Joel is shocked when he encounters a unicorn—one that turns into a beautiful young man. Joel aches to be closer to the unicorn, but everyone knows unicorns only approach virgins. After a brutal attack that left him broken and afraid, Joel is no longer that.

Then hunters appear, determined to take down the unicorn, and Joel will have to overcome the horrors of his past in order to save his chance at a future.

Book Review

Not only does the pearl symbolize tears, it also has become a metaphor for something that is extraordinary, lovely, and prized. The pearl also symbolizes overcoming adversity through transcending one's current situation and finding healing from past problems. Joel, from 'The Silver Pearl' by M. Rayia, has had his share of problems and is in the depths of despair over broken dreams, but with the help of a very special being and unconditional love, he learns to overcome adversity and gains back his faith in himself and his wonderment of magic.
Joel has had a sad life. He's lost his parents when he was young and been bounced around in foster homes waiting to be eighteen so he could be on his own. He'd been told by one of his teachers that he was special though, and clung to this belief waiting to see what would become of it. He lost this faith when he was captured, beaten, and raped. No longer feeling special, Joel only felt fear. Instead of a good, comforting thing, being touched meant pain and fear, not the loving feelings that are normally associated with being touched. All the things he wanted disappeared with this violent act. His life had lost direction and his home had become his refuge.

Laburne is a unicorn shape-shifter; he's a beautiful creature who beacons Joel to him one night with the purpose of bonding with him. Joel, knowing that unicorns only approach virgins, is confused; but there's a lot Joel doesn't know about unicorns. Laburne introduces him to what his life will be like if he stays with him, but it's a lot to take in—the shape-shifting, the healing energy, the caves, the different languages the shifters speak and Joel is afraid. In his fear, he reaches out to Laburne, determined to fight the panic he feels. He wants to overcome it, to be whole again, to be able to love again and Laburne is there offering the opportunity.

This is a sweet love story although a bit on the dark side. The characters are endearing and their love is quite heartening especially after all poor, sweet Joel went through. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes unicorns, magic, and redemption. Thank you, M. Rayia, for the charming story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 11500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-March-2013
Price $1.99 ebook
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