My Maven, My Everything by Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (114 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Madden "Mad" Forrest is a Son of Thanatus, a secret order rumored to be descended from gods. The members possess the ability to hear the souls of the dead, and they travel the country speaking for those without a voice, helping to lay them to rest. After a particularly stressful job, Mad heads to New Orleans and picks up a hot twink in the hotel bar.
Josh McGreggor is out for a night of pleasure before heading off to a new job. The perfect man who invites him over to his table is the answer to his desires. What neither expects is the strength of their feelings after one night's passion or that, come the light of day, they can't bear to part.
Can these two men navigate through the minefield that arises from their roles to find love, or will they be destined to continue their lives all alone?
He can hear the souls of the dead. Sometimes it's not a pretty sound.
This is my first foray into the world of Joyee Flynn. I'd seen plenty of reviews and couldn't wait to nab a book for myself. The plot is unique and filled with twists and turns. I liked meeting a new group of characters and seeing how they dealt with their gifts. This was a quick read and it had more than a few interesting moments.
Madden "Mad" Forrest has a tough job. He's got paranormal abilities and it takes a lot out of him when he's using them. He's also in the market for a good time. Can't say as I blame him, I mean, a man needs some recreation. I liked his non-commital qualities--just one night, something fun, get the tension out. Hey, he's believeable in that respect. And then there's Josh. Again, the guy wants a no-strings good time. Mad's cute and Josh is sinful, so putting them together seems natural.
But I had a few quibbles with this story as well. It's told in first person narrative, so there's more than a little telling versus showing. I drifted from the story a couple times because I didn't feel immersed in it. I also didn't get to see things from Josh's point of view and I think that would've added a degree of depth the story lacked. Now I realize it's from Mad's point of view, but the sex scenes felt rushed. I got the idea they were in the throes of passion, but I didn't feel it. I wanted more discovery, more time to realize that they belonged together, not such quickness. It happened almost too fast and I struggled to overcome my disbelief. There are also a lot of characters, though I'm betting Ms. Flynn will give each one his own story and kudos.
The story itself is unique and the characters are interesting. I am certainly looking for more in this author's backlist as she certainly writes some sizzling hot male/male scenes. Grab a copy of My Maven, My Everything for a smoking good time.