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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Shenandoah by Ally Blue

Shenandoah (Mother Earth Series book 2) by Ally Blue
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (171 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Violence
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tuberose

The weakness he fears could be his lover’s only hope.

Mother Earth, Book 2

Bear has never regretted leaving his old life behind for his exotically beautiful lover, Dragon. Following his heart, though, has left them in need of a home. There’s only one place he can think of where they can be together and be happy. Shenandoah. A place of myth—until he encounters signs that it’s a real place that lies somewhere to the north.

Dragon doesn’t share his lover’s faith that it even exists, much less that it will live up to Bear’s high expectations. Yet they are Brothers now, bound by love and so much more. No hardship will keep Dragon from Bear’s side. Even if it means nothing but disappointment waits at the end of their journey.

Danger lurks in the wilderness, the ruined cities of the lost Old World, and especially within themselves. As Bear’s quest for a new home becomes a spirit journey of mystical power, Dragon doubts his own strength—an unbearable shame he tries to hide deep within. But when a chance encounter turns into a fight for survival, Bear’s life depends on Dragon’s ability to put his doubts aside…and dare to hope.

Will Bear and Dragon survive their journey to be together? Does Shenandoah really exist?

Bear is determined to make it to Shenandoah and Dragon does not believe it exists, but is willing to keep going because of his love for Bear. Bear and Dragon’s travels are full of action, intrigue, and, of course, sex. We see Bear having to deal with being hurt and also his dreams that pull him to Shenandoah. We see Dragon deal with having to step up and take care of Bear while Bear is hurt, while wondering if his healing skills are enough to save the man he loves. Once Bear and Dragon arrive at Shenandoah, will Bear be adamant on staying even if Dragon does not feel safe there? Or will Bear put his love for Dragon before his dream of living in Shenandoah?

Author Ally Blue does a wonderful job of picking up where she left off with Dragon’s Kiss, the first book in the Mother Earth Series. Ms. Blue creates compelling characters with Bear and Dragon and the world they live in. She pulls the reader into the emotions of Bear and Dragon. Even though this story has cannibalism, Ms. Blue covers it tastefully so that even this low tolerance reader can handle it with no problems.

I feel that even though Ms. Blue started this story picking up where Dragon’s Kiss left off, it can be read without reading Dragon’s Kiss and it will still be a great story, but why would you want to miss out on the how Bear and Dragon first got together? I really enjoyed this story of Bear and Dragon and will most definitely recommend it to others. Great job Ms. Blue!

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