Shattered Dreams by Mychael Black & Shayne Carmichael
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (55 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex, BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Tiger Lily
Sometimes happily ever after just doesn't happen. Cody knows his lover, Li, is a demon. Yet he remains with him, waiting for Li to tell him the truth. The truth never comes, but Li's brother, Vaul, tries to destroy Cody in a vicious attack. Because the demon seems to know every one of Cody's magical secrets, Cody can't defend himself.
What's left of Cody is sent to a suspension chamber and requires twenty-cycles to regenerate a body. As the time passes, Cody, trapped inside a medallion, learns and grows more powerful. Anger becomes twisted rage that only thirsts for revenge. Near insane when he steps out of the chamber, Cody sets out to destroy every demon present at the attack, make Li pay for his betrayal, and to destroy Vaul.
When two warriors meet, the result is usually battle. When two lovers meet, the result is a tempestuous relationship. When Li and Cody meet, it’s all of that and more, yet nothing at all. Want to know more? Read Shattered Dreams and find out.
The team of Black and Carmichael write an interesting story that kept this reader on her toes. The characters are multidimensional, yet very easy to relate to. The scenes are rich with description, so much so that you find yourself part of the story, not just a voyeur.
Li, a demon, fell for Cody, a warrior. Due to lies, they part. When Cody returns to claim Li, he falls victim to his rage and regrets mating with the one man who holds the power to destroy him. I liked that Cody regretted his decision and that his solutions for dealing with his pain were human and relatable. We all do things we later wish we hadn’t.
I also liked that Li, though angry, never gave up on Cody. This story shows that love and understanding really can conquer all.
If you want a sexy short story, filled with imagination and lust, then Shattered Dreams is the novella for you.