Hi peeps, we have Torquere Press stopping by today with their newest anthology release Exchange of Power, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and Shorty’s review, so enjoy the post and click that rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~
Exchange in Power
Bailey Bradford, Gacy Grant, Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, Cassandra McMurphy, S.E. O’Connor, Charles Payseur, CB Potts, Torrance Sené, Dawn M. Sooy, T. Strange, Angelique Voisen
exchange: the act of giving or taking one thing in return for another; power: the ability or right to control people or things
In matters of the heart, what happens when there’s an exchange of power, even for just one night?
Both veteran and new authors make up the eleven stories about the power shift between Doms/subs, vampires/werewolves, teacher/apprentice, Alpha/beta, Necromancer/zombie, superhero/arch nemesis, and incubus/medium.
Title: Pearls in the Darkness Author: S.E. O’Connor Genre: Dark Paranormal Suspense Length: Novella (39 pages) Publisher: Torquere Press (June 25th 2014) Heat Level: Mild Heart Rating: ♥♥ 2 Hearts Reviewer: Tams Blurb: Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. When Tanner goes on vacation to get away from school and work, he learns this the hard way.
Though he hates water, Tanner agrees to join his older brother and friends away from home for two weeks at the beach. There he meets Chase, a gorgeous local who offers to show him the sights and introduce him to what he’s been missing. Against his better judgment, Tanner agrees. He’s given the gift of pearls, and his life is quickly turned upside-down as Tucker’s friend (and Tanner’s long-time crush) Jimmy starts acting strangely.
Tanner learns that there are things in the water that go beyond human understanding, and he’s left with two major questions: What is a siren? And why is it hunting Tanner?
Pearls in the Darkness contains dark themes that some readers might find disturbing.
Purchase Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4214 Review: Tanner is on vacation with his older brother Tucker and several of his brother’s friends, including Jimmy, at the beach… to spite the fact he can’t stand the water. At a small cafe one afternoon he meets Chase who woos him, shows him the sites and gives him a string of pearls as a gift. When he finally meets up with Tucker, Jimmy and the guys, Tanner learns he’s been gone for several hours when it felt like only a few.
Jimmy is acting stranger than normal, Tucker is being very overprotective, and Chase seems to find him in his dreams. Tanner hates the water, so why does he find himself not only in the water, but being taken by Chase, who was not who he presented himself to be at all. Turns out that Tanner’s biggest bully that has always picked on him because he’s gay, Jimmy, is actually in love with him. But now Tanner has gone and gotten himself claimed by Chase who means only to harm him.
I’m so confused! I read this thing twice. I still don’t know what exactly is going on. I think Chase was like a dark fairy or a demon, the pearl fits with fairy because you aren’t supposed to take gifts from them. And then Jimmy who was brazenly homophobic at the start, but only to hide his own feelings toward Tanner? And then Tanner seems to forgive him about five seconds later because he can kiss. What?!
I tried to like this story, I love fantasy and stories about the Fae, but this book left me nothing but confused and bewildered. Read at your own risk.