Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Elemental Love by L.M. Somerton

An untrained warlock is a dangerous man to love.

On his twenty-first birthday, Evrain Brookes discovers he is an elemental warlock. The spell suppressing his talent lifts and he has to get used to a whole new existence. The protection that kept him safe during his childhood is gone, his skills are wild and uncontrolled and there are those that seek to use him for their own gain.

Evrain’s grandmother is a witch, his godfather another warlock. Between them they do their best to keep Evrain on the right path. He learns that in order to gain control of his formidable powers he will need to ‘channel’ through a life partner, a process that only happens with consent and through love. But how will he ever find a man prepared to put up with a Dominant warlock for a boyfriend?

Dominic Castine has no idea that Evrain’s grandmother sees him as a prospective partner for Evrain. He tends her garden and she teaches him about herbs–a trade off they both enjoy. He is drawn to Evrain’s charismatic presence but doesn’t understand why he wants to drop to his knees and submit to him.

When Agatha is murdered, Evrain and Dominic are thrown together as she manipulates them from beyond the grave. Dominic becomes the pawn in a terrifying game between warlocks whose powers he barely comprehends.

In the end, lives will depend on his courage, his willingness to grant Evrain control and the power of love.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Outside of shifter romances, I don’t read a lot of M/M paranormal romances. But having loved Somerton’s Investigating Love series, I decided to give Elemental Love a chance. Boy am I glad I did. As the first book in the Warlocks series, the author has engaged in just enough world building to get the story going, without overwhelming the reader. In this case, warlocks are actually a rarity and Evrain is one of only four known to exist. He was born to a long line of witches, but because the magic skipped his mother, his grandmother recognizes upon his birth that he will be even more powerful – possibly the most powerful warlock in existence – and she binds his powers so that the extent of his power cannot be detected until he reaches adulthood. She does this to keep him safe from magic users with ill intentions and to keep him from accidentally causing harm as he grows up.

While the prologue shows us Evrain’s birth and binding, the book then jumps forward to just days before his twenty-first birthday. Even though we don’t see him growing up or the bond that is built between Evrain and his grandmother, Agatha, and his godfather, Gregory, there is no doubt that the love and affection is there based on his interactions with them both. Their guidance becomes even more important once Evrain’s magic is “restored” as they both work to help him learn to control his power and Gregory, who is also a warlock, is invaluable as a guide of what to expect. But perhaps even more important is that Agatha has spent the last year or two trying to find a potential mate for Evrain because not just any young man will do. Enter Dominic, Agatha’s painfully shy gardener, whose secret predilections make him an ideal candidate as Evrain’s match. What I liked about Agatha’s matchmaking efforts, is that she didn’t try to force Dominic onto Evrain like we often see in romances. Instead, she made sure the men had an opportunity to meet and, once she was sure Dominic had captured Evrain’s attention, she then counseled Evrain on how best to approach Dominic as she knew coaxing would be necessary to fan that flame. Fortunately, Evrain heeds Agatha’s warnings and sets out to win Dominic over slowly – even if his instincts are yelling at Evrain to lay claim to Dominic now. But Agatha’s murder speeds things up a bit as the two men find themselves living in close quarters, much to Evrain’s delight. After all, seduction is so much easier when your intended is living with you.

Somerton does a great job of making the relationship development feel as though it took longer than it did. There was certainly an immediate attraction on both men’s part, but Dominic’s shyness required more finesse on Evrain’s part, which made their courting seem to last longer. The sexual encounters are hot, but I particularly enjoyed Dominic’s natural bondage bed scene. It was both hot as heck and something the likes of which I have never read before. The magical showdown at the end was action-packed and a serious page-turner because I couldn’t wait to see who did what to whom. And it was awesome! Elemental Love has the Warlocks series off to a great start and I cannot wait to read the next installment.

Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She's fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Elemental Love (Warlocks #1) by L.M. Somerton to read and review.

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