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Friday, April 23, 2010

The Star Man by Jan Irving

The Star Man by Jan Irving
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Holiday
Length: Short Story (93 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Spanking
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

On Christmas Eve, Matthew Cromby is fired by Dove Hollister, the man he has a secret crush on. But things get much stranger when, right in front of him, Dove is hit by lightning and wakes up a different man--a sweet, sexy, and untouched angel who has been watching Matthew, drawn by his yearning. Dove can't stay on Earth, and protective Matthew vows to help him get home, despite his desire for the innocent angel who is trying to heal his heart.

The Star Man is a story that offers something unique in the M/M genre. As a fan of Jan Irving, I was curious about a premise in which an angel comes to earth, falls in love, and heals the wounds of a tormented soul. It sounded fascinating, and although I worried the elements might not work, I’m pleased to say that the way she handled the material went beyond my wildest imaginings.

Matthew went to jail for defending a loved one, only to be shunned in turn. Now, he’s bitter and hollow, a former shadow of what he used to be. In the beginning, it’s hard to like him, as he’s caustic and spiteful. However, when his boss and fantasy man, Dove, is struck by lightning, things begin to change. The entity inside Dove claims to be an angel that has watched over Matthew all his life. Drawn to his pain, the angel seeks to eradicate it and replace it with happiness. As the story progresses, this Matthew is forced to come to terms with his past and discovers it’s okay to love and forgive. The emotions run high and at times are almost too much to bear.

The writing is wonderful, as I’ve come to expect with Ms. Irving. She weaves fascinating stories with memorable characters. I enjoyed the relationship that developed between Matthew and “Angel” and felt that the ending was fitting with all things considered. There is more here than a sexy tale (though you get that as well) but focuses on the growing trust and love between two souls who cannot exist in happiness without the other. The sci-fi aspects were a bit strange (angel isn’t an angel exactly, but an alien), but Irving manages to bring it all together so that by the end, it’s buyable and doesn’t detract from the story or the inevitable conclusion.

If you’re in the market for a story that is different yet intriguing, The Star Man is just what you’re looking for.

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