Author: Alana Ankh
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 127 Pages
At a Glance: Fairies, sex, and angst. Great read for a sunny afternoon.
When a small creature has an unfortunate run-in with his car, Deacon Hearst wonders what in the world hit his windshield. A bird? A butterfly? No, that would make Deacon’s crazy life too simple. It is a fairy—or rather a Sidhe—with a gaze the color of the moon and thus eloquently named Mooneyes. The little creature’s wing is broken, and it’s shivering in the rain, and well… Deacon has a heart, after all.
While nursing Moon back to health, Deacon discovers Moon’s beauty is more than skin deep. Though they’re very different, especially in size, they’re alike in their loneliness, their need for affection. Despite the weirdness of the situation, Deacon finds himself falling for his not-quite victim.
Deacon thinks it’s a hopeless—gah!—love, but what if it isn’t? Moon might just have a few secrets of his own, secrets that could change everything in an instant and weave a different path for them both.
Review: A novella involving a fairy that crashes into a windshield, a healthy dose of angst, and some fantastic sex makes a great read for a sunny afternoon when you have nothing to do but relax in the sun. Splat! has all of these things, with great humor thrown into the mix.
Though short, I enjoyed this book. Deacon and Moon meet when the fairy goes splat against his windshield while he’s driving home one day. Of course, he thinks he’s in a dream but when he goes back to help Moon, his life gets irrevocably intertwined with the tiny fairy.
Deacon and Moon are able to connect with each other because of their similar situations in life. Deacon is currently fending off parents who, even though he’s thirty-three, still think his sexuality is just a “phase” and continually try to set him up with women they deem acceptable. Likewise, Moon also has this problem. Ever since discovering his ability for song-weaving, his parents have rejected his sexuality—which wouldn’t normally be a problem—in order to put their family in a better position in fae society. And that means marrying him to their leader’s daughter, whether Moon likes it or not. So he flees and literally runs into Deacon.
The tension between the families added to the book, though at times I did want to smack Moon and tell him to wake up and stand up for himself. After all, he had the power to do so. He just didn’t act on it.
Deacon didn’t have this problem, and for that I was thankful. He knew what he wanted, and once he realized he wasn’t in a dream, he went for it.
If you’re looking for a fun read with a good amount of angst, I recommend giving Splat! a shot.
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