Review: Bell Ellis – More Beautiful Than a Unicorn

moreAuthor: Bell Ellis
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Paranormal

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary: Tobias is a twenty-five-year-old virgin, bored with his life, and unsatisfied with how average and unremarkable he is—until he sees a silver unicorn. When the beautiful creature begins appearing to him regularly, Tobias doesn’t know if it’s a cruel joke or some form of mental illness. What interest could the unicorn have in someone like him? Searching for it in a park at night leads to an attack on Tobias, but he’s rescued by a handsome and mysterious man called Amar. Something about the man calls to Tobias, and suddenly his life feels a lot less ordinary and a lot less lonely. But fate can be harsh, and the biggest challenge to Tobias and Amar’s relationship has yet to reveal itself.
Review: First off – unicorns! Tobias suddenly begins to see a silver unicorn – just flashes of it – and believes he is going crazy. “Drinking? Hypnotherapy? Acupuncture? Homeopathy? Surely somewhere there was a board-certified treatment for a unicorn infection.” He doesn’t know what else to think. No one hates him enough to play a prank this deep but he’s positive it’s a unicorn he’s seeing.
When he begins to look for the unicorn he ends up being attacked and is saved by the mysterious Amar. Amar doesn’t make plans, doesn’t want to look at the future and won’t exchange numbers with Tobias. Odd, but Tobias is so entranced. He’s a 25-year-old virgin and he’s thinking this may be the one to change that status.
When Tobias finds out the reason for the reticence, he accepts it without much fanfare and is actually a little too accepting about everything.
The unicorn aspect of the story is the best part. The history, the full moon, the effects of caging – all those things drew me into the world of the unicorn. I loved it.  As it is a short story, I did long for more of the world building and the intricacies of the unicorn.   I wish I had connected more with the romance aspect of the story but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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