Elsborg’s book of faeries, curses and love shows off her delightfully quirky storytelling skills. The first two-thirds are a flirty and sensual exploration of attraction (m/m and ménage). Then, the paranormal storyline starts and quickly falls prey to long explanations of lore and rushed resolutions. With the bulk of the book so amazingly engaging, readers may forgive a trite ending.
Taylor is temporarily back in his family’s home — empty except for memories and Niall, the young gardener/caretaker. As they move from friends to lovers, in bounces Roo, who is hired by Taylor to be his assistant. She is attracted as deeply to both men as they are to her. Despite this new three-sided relationship, Niall still hides a big secret, which Roo figures out: He’s no mortal man but a faery. As a shared past comes to light and Roo is lost in Faeryland, the three must work together to save themselves and fight for their love and their lives. (SAMHAIN, Apr., 296 pp., $16.00)