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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tree Fingers by Augusta Li and Eon de Beaumont



Tree Fingers by Augusta Li and Eon de Beaumont
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Other: M/M, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Underneath an old walnut tree, lovers Graham and Alan cuddle and contemplate the future. When the tree's owner prepares to have it removed Graham is devestated as memories of childhood play and first kisses savored under the rustling leaves surface. Determined not to see Graham suffer, Alan conjurs the spirit of the Woldengeist to protect the tree...but at what price?

Some play with fire, other’s play with nature. Then there are those who play with the occult. What do you think could happen if you reveal things about the other side that shouldn’t be messed with? You better know how to clean up your messes.

Sound interesting? Then you need to read Tree Fingers.

What does a tree have to do with an erotic male/male romance? Plenty. I liked how the authors entwined sweet love and the dangers of the occult into a story that kept me in my seat until far after the last page.

Now this story deals with the idea that curiosity killed the cat. Graham is an artist who is afraid to love again because his former lover passed away. When he meets Alan, he’s smitten, but unsure. Who hasn’t felt that way? You see the person you need, but are fearful to try again. It’s a normal human trait and powerful in this story. But what about Alan? He’s a fact junkie. Once he finds something he’s interested in, he digs in with ferocity. I know many people with the same need. One book isn’t enough—he has to read them all.

I liked that Alan wants more than anything to be loved by Graham. Who wouldn’t? Graham is a handsome guy. There came a few times when I wanted to slug Alan for his decisions, but you have to take them in context. One man wants acceptance, while the other doesn’t know how to give it. That’s pretty powerful stuff. And when they finally make love (yes, they make love – not mere sex), it knocks you on your hind end. You feel the blossoming passion and root for them to make it a permanent relationship.

If you want a sweet romance with dark undertones that’s filled with passion and intrigue, then you need to read Tree Fingers. You won’t want to miss it. I give this story 3.5 cherries.

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