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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Druid, Mine by Kerry Adrienne

Druid, Mine by Kerry Adrienne
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (32 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Anya’s wish for a normal date—away from the old man she is caretaker for—comes true in unexpected ways when she finds herself whisked to an ancient Irish stone circle on solstice eve.

Carrick’s decision to follow the path to become an Ovate druid has not come lightly, and he plans to spend the solstice eve in meditation unless fairies or evil spirits disrupt the circle. When a feisty girl walks right up to the fire, more than sparks fly.

They each seek healing and a connection, but the darkness of summer is short, and once the solstice sun breaks through the circle at dawn, the magic of the night will be over. Even Madame Eve can’t stop the day from rising.

The perfect man. Does he exist? What if the answer is yes, but not in your time, but the ancient past? Madame Eve has matched another couple who seem to be perfect for each other, but how do they make it work?

Anya is a lonely and overworked woman in present day North Carolina. With the exception of her weekly visit to an Irish Pub, she has little interaction with anyone other than her boss, and has signed up for the 1Night Stand service in hopes of finding a man who could at least share her bed, if nothing more.

Carrick is a Druid in ancient Ireland. Devoted to becoming an Ovate, his life is seemingly predestined for loneliness, despite his lingering doubts as to what is right for him. On the eve of the Solstice, his duty is to tend to the fires. He doesn't expect to have company.

I thoroughly enjoy the 1Night Stand stories, not only because of the heat level, but because there are wonderful characters and story development in such a few, short pages. Druid, Mine, however, left me wanting a bit more. I could understand the initial connection between the two characters - both were lonely, both lacked family or friends, and both were attracted to the other - but there didn't seem to be much beyond that. To imagine two characters from such dramatically different times and places, I wouldn't discount a relationship working, but there'd have to be a reason for it. Loneliness and attraction isn't enough, particularly when one has to have their world so drastically changed in order to continue together.

Ms. Adrienne does have a wonderful way of describing her environment. I know little of the time of the Druids, but the context of her story helped me to catch on quickly as to what was happening. I wasn't clear on all of the things described, but I was able to picture enough to enjoy the story and had a mental picture of where and when the couple was.

If I was to review the book based solely on their one night, it was a huge hit. It was the happily ever after that left me scratching my head. If you're looking for a hot hook up, set wonderfully in ancient times, this is could be one to look into.

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