Author: E.M. Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Paranormal
Summary: American med student Duncan Stirling is traveling around India with his two best friends, who have just married. Their last stop is the magical city of Jaisalmer, a fort in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. He feels like a third wheel on their honeymoon, though the three friends had the trip planned for years, to celebrate finishing medical school and have a last adventure before they start their residencies back in the States.
Akash Nandi is an Indian man from a wealthy and well-known family. At least that’s how he appears. He hides the truth that his family is descended from Nandi, Lord Shiva’s bull, and they’ve guarded sacred places for millennia. Being gay and immortal is tough, especially when his family’s expectations make finding the right mate impossible. As his grandmother, the family matriarch, nears death, a struggle for power puts Akash and his new crush, the charming American Duncan, in harm’s way.
Review: I admit, I chose this story because of the setting to start. I haven’t read anything set in India and I was interested. The descriptions are lovely and Duncan’s wonder and joy with the history and beauty of India were a joy to read.
He is traveling India as a medical school graduation gift to himself with two of his best friends, who are now a couple. Third wheel, much? They don’t treat him that way but it’s their honeymoon, bound to feel it.
I did laugh at one point, when Duncan is using “you know” as a euphemism for genitals. “I’ve never met a gay man who couldn’t say penis, cock, and fifteen other synonyms for that portion of the anatomy.” Since I actually do have a gay male best friend who blushes if you even hint at those words, I wanted to hug Duncan and say – that’s okay!
In India Duncan meets Akash and there is more to him than meets the eye. I really enjoyed the book for the setting and for the love interest with Akash, but it lost me a little bit with how much power grandmother had yet she couldn’t see what was going on? Akash noticed something amiss but she didn’t?
It was an interesting take on shifters with an exotic setting, a little simplistic storyline. It’s a short story and easily read.