Monday, August 6, 2012

Review: The Druid Stone by Heidi B & Violetta V

The Druid Stone by Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane
Carina Press
4.5 Pants Off

Sean never asked to be an O'Hara, and he didn't ask to be cursed by one either.

After inheriting a hexed druid stone from his great-grandfather, Sean starts reliving another man's torture and death...every single night. And only one person can help.

Cormac Kelly runs a paranormal investigation business and doesn't have time to deal with misinformed tourists like Sean. But Sean has real magic in his pocket, and even though Cormac is a descendant of legendary druids, he soon finds himself out of his depth...and not because Sean's the first man he's felt anything for in a long time.

The pair develop an unexpected and intensely sexual bond, but are threatened at every turn when Sean's case attracts the unwelcome attention of the mad sidhe lords of ancient Ireland. When Sean and Cormac are thrust backward in time to Ireland's violent history—and their own dark pasts—they must work together to escape the curse and save their fragile relationship.

My word! The Druid Stone was a super fantastic read, which comes as no surprise because the wonderful authors have yet to disappoint me with their awesome writing skills. I am neither eloquent nor crazy intelligent, but I will try to express why this book is super awesome in a very Pants Off style.

We met Sean back In Cruce de Caminos, where he was a drug addict, and prostituting himself for a little money. When Sean gets into the wrong van (a white van) his life gets thrown into the supernatural, and it’s for that very reason why he is still alive today. Fast forward and he’s now a different man a better man. The downside is, he’s plagued by hellacious nightmares, and only medication can give him a bit of relief. However, he does not want to be a man living and seeing his life through a fog. Seems his nightmares might be stemmed from else where, and his family cursed. Sean must now travel to Ireland in search of a Druid called Cormac Kelly.

Cormac the druid, lives his life investigating the paranormal and solving the problems. So when Sean shows up on his door step talking about curses and nightmares he shows him the exit quick, quick. He has no time for the delusions of American tourists believing in leprechauns and magic. So their first meeting doesn’t exactly go well.  When Sean finds himself in the otherworld taking on a Sidhe King, Cormac comes to his rescue. Regretting how he treated Sean, he decides to help him figure out the true nature of his dreams, and the importance of a green stone Sean now has in his possession.

The story then unfolds with all kinds of awesome, and to talk about it would be to write a small novella. Sean and Cormac go on an adventure that is larger than life, and I was kept on the edge of my toes fearing for their safety, sanity, and overall existence. There was just so much awesome going on; it was like a mini movie unfolding (a great movie unfolding).

The characters are excellent and offer so much depth it’s incredible. Sean and Cormac shine, together they are a 100W bulb burning my retinas. Their friendship is a testament to love, because no matter where they ended up or where they were going, they did it together and for each other. Shit made my heart feel super happy. The supporting characters are excellent! I love Finnbheara, his leather pants call to me. I really enjoyed pretty much everyone.

There is a lot of plot, a lot of drama and plenty of angst but there is also humour. I laughed my ass off so many times, and its such humour that kept the book from being so completely depressing. There is also the epic romance, which sets the ground for epic romances. Sean and Cormac broke my heart and then mended it together, just loved them so very much.

The Druid Stone is a sweeping romance, awesome adventure, and one of the best otherworld books I have ever read. The level of storytelling is excellent, and the authors should definitely be on your radar.

4.5 Pants Off

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