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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Seeking Kokopelli by Shelley Munro



Seeking Kokopelli by Shelley Munro
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Love never hits a wrong note.

Ever since Nate McKenzie hired on as a roadie, musician Adam James has lusted after him. So far Adam has kept his distance, knowing Nate is mourning his dead wife. But lately Adam has caught the man returning his stares. Maybe it’s time to test the waters.

Besides, there isn’t much chance Nate will find out that Adam was once his people’s Kokopelli. His powers were stripped from him, along with the magical tattoo on his chest, when his orientation was discovered.

Nate is going crazy with guilt. Before his wife’s death, he never looked at anyone else, woman or man. Now his dreams are filled with Adam. He tries to keep his mind on his job and off Adam’s sexy body, but in a moment of weakness they share a kiss that sends them both up in flames.

Their relationship risks both their hearts and Adam’s female fan base, but the attraction is too strong to ignore. Then someone takes a shot at Adam—and his tattoo begins to reappear, forcing him to come clean with his lover. And Nate to decide exactly where his future lies…before a killer steals it away from them.

True love knows no boundaries despite society’s penchant for labeling and pigeonholing. Legends and myths are not constrained by perception and their reality brings richness and rightness to a fledgling but beautiful romance.

This story is about the growth of love between two very different types of men. Adam comes from a family with traditions and expectations. He didn’t fit the status quo so he was shunned and tossed out. What I liked about Adam was his determination and zest for life. He is talented and is loyal to his friends. He respects them yet remains insecure in himself. However, he’s strong enough to not fall into a blubbering mass of self pity. He is a survivor and it shows. He never really shares his personal life with his friends in the band because he has convinced himself it doesn’t matter. It’s over. Thing is, he’s not reconciled with his past and it affects his new path in life. He’s sort of happy, but not completely. It takes courage to take that first step towards grabbing total happiness and he does.

Nate recently lost his wife; a woman he loved very much. I found it fascinating that Nate is a man who’s more into the feeling of love than the definition of it. What I mean is he’s not averse to being in a relationship with a man instead of a woman. It’s the respect, profound feelings for that person and the emotional connection that holds more importance for him. I found it endearing that his internal struggle was more about being unfaithful to his wife’s memory than loving a man.

The legend of Kokopelli is more than a story, it’s Adam’s legacy. It was torn from him and yet he found a way to survive without it. The question is- how is he going to deal when Kokopelli is back in his life? That dilemma brings a whole host of problems and internal conflict that Adam has to contend with. Will Nate help him or leave him? It’s pretty much touch and go for awhile. To top it off, someone wants Kokopelli back and is willing to do anything to get it. Even though there is a villain, I can’t say I didn’t like him too. How can a bad guy be good? Ms. Munro explains it all. It’s odd for me to say that I had sympathy for the villain – it’s a rarity but no less true.

The only thing I wished the author had done was provide a bit more background on Nate. There is only one reference to his immediate family and only a passing wonder on how they might take the news that Nate is now with a guy. I guess the major conflict revolved around Adam and let’s face it, Kokopelli is pretty impressive as an issue. I still can’t help wishing though. On the other hand, Adam and the band is his world, so maybe it’s perfect as is.

Seeking Kokopelli is a romantic, heartfelt and emotional story about two men healing the pain from their pasts in order to embrace the promise of love in their futures. They are both strong and compliment each other’s personalities. It’s a wonderful book with believable dialogue and secondary characters that make the tale come alive. When Adam and Nate finally come together, the man love is sensual, satisfying and totally hot. It has meaning when they express their physical affections and that really does it for me. Ms. Munro consistently finds the perfect balance and gives readers a story they can connect with. If a reader is looking for quality content, and a satisfying happily ever after then I highly recommend this book.

1 comment:

Anitra Lynn McLeod said...

Kokopelli is big in Moab, Utah, where I grew up--I like seeing it used in a novel, especially one about two alpha guys falling in love. :)