Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Druid Next Door by E.J. Russell

Professor Bryce MacLeod has devoted his entire life to environmentalism. But how effective can he be in saving the planet when he can’t even get his surly neighbor to separate his recycling?

Former Queen’s Enforcer Mal Kendrick doesn’t think his life could get any worse: he’s been exiled from Faerie with a cursed and useless right hand. When he’s not dodging random fae assassins in the Outer World, he’s going toe-to-toe with his tree-hugging neighbor. And when he discovers that the tree hugger is really a druid, he’s certain the gods have it in for him—after all, there’s always a catch with druids. Then he’s magically shackled to the man and expected to instruct him in Supernatural 101.

All right, now things couldn’t possibly get worse.

Until a mysterious stranger offers a drunken Mal the chance to gain back all he’s lost—for a price. After Mal accepts, he discovers the real catch: an ancient secret that will change his and Bryce’s life forever.

Ah, what the hells. Odds are they won’t survive the week anyway.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I really loved the first story in this series, but I really had to fight my way through this one. There is more fantasy in this book and I couldn’t always keep up with the complicated plot strands. And while I loved David and Alun in the first story, I didn’t engage terribly well with either Mal or Bryce.

Firstly, Mal isn’t a completely likeable character. The Queen’s curse has turned the ‘fun’ brother from the first story into a surly git. He reads more like a sulky teenager than a Fae Lord and I found him irritating.

In contrast, Bryce starts out as a nice guy – if a bit meek and geeky. But his character seems to change dramatically part way into the story. I was ambivalent about the geek but I really didn’t like Bryce as a dominant.

I didn’t love either Mal or Bryce from the start but I really went off their relationship when curses and spells pushed them into dubious consent territory. When one partner knew that the other couldn’t give consent freely and initiated sex with them anyways? It left a bad taste in my mouth.

I’m hoping I engage more with Gareth’s story in book three because I did really enjoy the first book in this series.

Also Available in the Fae Out of Water Series

Book 1
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Riptide Publishing

For reviews & more info, check out our Cutie and the Beast post.

E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business intelligence consultant. Several years ago, she realized Darling Sons A and B would be heading off to college soon and she’d no longer need to spend half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class.

What to do with all that free time?

A lucky encounter with Jim Butcher’s craft blog posts caused her to revisit her childhood dream of writing fiction, and now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.

Her daily commute consists of walking from one side of her office to the other, from left-brain day job to right-brain writer’s cave, where she’s learned to type with a dog attached to her hip and a cat draped across her wrists.

E.J. is married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, C.H. also loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and B) would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).

E.J. lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Druid Next Door (Fae Out of Water #2) by E.J. Russell to read and review.

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