Sunday, August 7, 2011


Shenandoah (Mother Earth #2) by Ally Blue
Samhain Publishing
Sci Fi/Fantasy
3.5 out of 5
3/5 PL Scale

The weakness he fears could be his lover’s only hope.

Mother Earth, Book 2

Bear has never regretted leaving his old life behind for his exotically beautiful lover, Dragon. Following his heart, though, has left them in need of a home. There’s only one place he can think of where they can be together and be happy. Shenandoah. A place of myth—until he encounters signs that it’s a real place that lies somewhere to the north.

Dragon doesn’t share his lover’s faith that it even exists, much less that it will live up to Bear’s high expectations. Yet they are Brothers now, bound by love and so much more. No hardship will keep Dragon from Bear’s side. Even if it means nothing but disappointment waits at the end of their journey.

Danger lurks in the wilderness, the ruined cities of the lost Old World, and especially within themselves. As Bear’s quest for a new home becomes a spirit journey of mystical power, Dragon doubts his own strength—an unbearable shame he tries to hide deep within. But when a chance encounter turns into a fight for survival, Bear’s life depends on Dragon’s ability to put his doubts aside…and dare to hope.

Shenandoah is the second book in the Mother Earth series, a post-apocalyptic tale where Mother Earth has taken back her lands and destroyed civilization due to destruction of earth by humans. The first book introduces readers to Dragon and Bear, instant attraction between the two means certain death for both, so they set out on their own journey. Shenandoah picks up where Dragon’s Kiss left us. Book 1 was a short novella, but this book was a little longer and more detailed.

With the ruination of earth by Mother Nature, people now live in a world, begin anew. There is no technology, they hunt for food and move in packs. Their very survival depends on pack, because humans aren’t what they use to be. The forest is a dangerous place filled with cannibals, and dangerous wild animals. Therefore, a pack is survival, and Bear and Dragon have ventured out on their own without the protection of a pack, and thus begins their journey of survival to the mystical city known as Shenandoah.

Bear and Dragon have to be vigilant in their journey, because one moment of relaxation could cost them their life, that doesn’t mean there is no time for sex (lol). Bear believes in Shenandoah, Dragon does not but he hangs on because he believes in Bear. They do come to a cross road and Bear is hurt, and the story then picks up by Dragon being the only one able to fully function and is he willing to sacrifice his and Bear’s lives in the hopes of finding Shenandoah.

There is a lot to think about when reading the book, we have no idea how old both Dragon and Bear. I concluded that they are very young, possibly teenagers. I find it hard to understand that in a now scary world why packs would hurt each other but I guess it just the nature of people. My question is what happened to father people during this time, because the earth was destroyed and people turned into savages or more so.

The book offers up some great action, very heavy on the fantasy content but overall an enjoyable read. I loved how there were no labels to sexuality, it was just love and attraction to another person and that was it (if only). I really liked Bear and Dragon they were hot together. Loved that Bear was hopeful and ready to believe in something better, but I also enjoyed Dragons skepticism; created a wonderful balance.

3 1/2 Pants Off

Make sure to read book 1 Dragon's Kiss

Written for Three Dollar Bill Reviews

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