Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 118 Pages
At a Glance: Are you a Mary Calmes fan? This book will be right up your alley.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Sequel to Romanus
Fireman Mason James thought finding out he is a Romanus—a rare class of gargoyle—would be the surprise of a lifetime, but he’s proven wrong when he discovers he is the son of a comte and goji nobility. But his newly discovered family doesn’t think his gargoyle lover, Luc, is good enough for a goji of Mason’s stature—how could a warrior ever be? But despite the Moreaus’ uncertainty and elitism, they are Mason’s only chance to unravel the mystery behind his mother’s death, find a solution for the class divide that might separate him from Luc, and discover what it truly means to be a Romanus.
Review: Chevalier is the sequel to Romanus, and even though you don’t HAVE to read Romanus first, I would recommend it. Chevalier is the continuation of a story started on the pages of Romanus and in my opinion it was needed to complete the love story between these two men. This is a magical world of gargoyles, fallen angels who have been given a second chance at heaven by becoming protectors and watchers of God’s children. There is a whole world of creatures that exist around us, or so Mary Calmes wants us to believe. Hers is a ubiquitous world, a double edged place of danger and protection, good and evil, light and dark. Chevalier is written in true Mary Calmes fashion; there is an overall arc of good triumphing over every obstacle and an abiding love for all mankind—or gargoyle as the case may be.
We first meet Mason and Luc in Romanus, where Mason is overwhelmed by his sudden need for and attraction to Luc. Mason is coming to terms with the knowledge that he is a gargoyle—and not just any gargoyle but a Romanus, supposedly the rarest and most powerful of beings. He is confused by his newfound status, moving from human to more, and by his feelings for the gargoyle charged to protect him. Luc is the other half of his soul, and to feel so much so fast overwhelms him.
This is where Chevalier begins. Mason and Luc are thrust into the world of the goji, and this book really solidifies their love story and gives them a HEA. Once Mason decides to not let fear lead his life, he claims Luc as his mate and together they find their place in their chasse, and their purpose. Once again Mary Calmes creates a magical world inside a short story. There is an interesting story arc to this book with a good and satisfying ending. Antagonist are brought forward, and the story is kept interesting and flowing by all the rich secondary characters introduced.
Are you a Mary Calmes fan? This book will be right up your alley. Once again she creates a winner that will leave you satisfied with the storyline, and hot and bothered in the loving department (can you say mid-flight amazing sex anyone?!). There’s intrigue, attempted murder, and a man willing to stand up to anything to let the world know who he loves. Read Romanus first and continue with the story in Chevalier—you will not be disappointed.
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