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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Review: Stormy Glenn's Dark Court Series

Autor: Stormy Glenn
Titel: Dark Side of the Veil
Publisher: Noble Romance Pub.
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Dark Court #1
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Goodread's description
 
Zack Banning hasn't had an easy time of it recently. After spending more than fifteen years in the Marines, he's discharged due to a head injury received in combat. With no missions to run or people to save, it's all he can do to get out of bed in the mornings. The pills the doctors have him on to keep his injury-induced delusions at bay don't help the situation.
When he discovers a young man being accosted outside of a bar one night he sees it as a chance to feel the satisfaction of saving someone once again. He just doesn't realize until it's over that the young man came to the bar to warn him that someone is out to kill him. What Eljin tells him is a story so outlandish, Zack begins to wonder if he's having one of his delusions. Because if Eljin's story is true, the entire foundation of everything Zack believes just flew out the window.
Fleeing through the countryside with Eljin, Zack tries to understand everything without telling the man he's nuttier than a fruitcake. But the more time Zack spend with Eljin, the more he wants him until he can't think of ever being separated from the little elf.
The only way to save Eljin is to take him back home-through the veil between the two worlds. Arrival on the elf's side of the veil isn't perfect, however. They encounter a war between the elf worlds, the threat of human invasion, and a bias against humans. Zack and Eljin have to keep their wits about them as they try to save their home, their family, and themselves.
After I read Eresse's Sacred Fate I got interested in reading fiction with the maybe a bit unusual theme of male pregnancy. I did some research on goodreads and found a few more mpreg books. One of them is Dark Side of the Veil.  I'm a huge fan of Stormy Glenn. I have read most of her shapeshifter fiction and love her writing style. So I was really exited to start with the Dark Court Series.
The first story centers on the discharged marine Zack, who struggles with a head injury and seems to have illusions. He has one reoccurring dream where he sees the most amazing blue eyes but can't remember ever seeing someone with features like this. When he saves Eljin from a fight, he directly stumbles into bigger troubles than he anticipated. The story evolves around their way to stay alive and how Zack gets to know the elve Eljin and regains his memory.
I liked both of the main characters especially Eljin, who seems to be very caring and sweet. Zack is the usual tough marine with an edge of vulnerability due to his memory loss and growing attraction for a man. The whole idea of a parallel world populated by elves,  which is connected to "our" world by gates, isn't exactly new but Stormy Glenn manages to make it original enough to be believable. If you can say this, about a fantasy world, where men get pregnant. Overall a quite enjoyable read.

Autor: Stormy Glenn
Titel: Monte's Marines
Publisher: Noble Romance Pub.
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Dark Court #2 
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Goodreads Description
Doc Lewis had been in love with Rocky Rodriguez for more years than he could remember but he always knew that his wish to be with the man would never come true. But when circumstances throw them together in the Seelie Court, something changes and the two men give into the desire between them. Their encounter ends with Rocky making a comment that drives Doc from him with a broken heart.Doc decides he needs to put plenty of space between him and Rocky and going on a mission back to the human world seems like just the thing. Only, the mission doesn’t turn out quite like Doc expected when he meets, Monte, the Seelie Elf he’s been sent to rescue.Monte is unlike any man he’s ever met and Doc falls quickly for the little elf, bonding with him. But they're being held by government scientists in a secret research facility. Escape is their only possible way to be together, especially after the lead scientist grows concerned over how close they’ve grown to each other and threatens to separate them.Between fighting for their lives, the misgivings that fill them all when Rocky arrives to rescue them, and the lack of prenatal vitamins, can these three men find each other? Or will they lose everything because of their doubts?
So that's the second book in the Dark Court Series. It follows right up the first book. As we learned Gunny, one of the human marines, was involved with the elve Roland 20 years ago. He actually fathered a son, Monte, which was captured together with Eljin (book #1) by the crazy science-army-organisation. Doc, another one of the our marines, is in love with the straight Rocky since years. After they saved Eljin and Rocky was injured, Doc confesses his feelings to Rocky. They share some special moments before Rocky completely ruins it and Doc leaves heartbroken to save Monte. He ends up captive in the same camp as Monte and actually was chosen to impregnate the elve. They fall in love but his love for Rocky is still in the back of Doc's head. Rocky helps them to escape, Doc gets injured and loses memory of Monte and ... in the end ... everything is alright in an all-men-menage-way.
This book catches up with the people we got to know in "Dark Side of the Veil". Doc gets his heart broken exactly after he thinks all his dreams are coming true, because Rocky finally acknowledges his attraction. Therefore it was surprising to me, that he falls in love immediately afterwards with Monte. Their relationship is described lovely and I got completely into it. Then Rocky shows up again and everything is screwed. I think it was an overkill to let Doc forget Monte and that Monte is playing the mathyr by not mentioning their love affair and that he is pregnant with Doc's child. To much clichés. Everything is saved by the author let them have a menage relationship which helped me forgiving the worse parts.

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