Love Rising

Piper Vaughn
Love Rising
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
January 2014
Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ

An Isla Sagrario Story

In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.

When Wick awakens under Francis's care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one's heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis's reason to smile with him.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Jan 20, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
163 people found the following review helpful
Ah, a good old fairy tale. You really can't go wrong.

Francis was living a lonely life. He desperately wanted someone he can share his life with. Well, he's in luck; on his latest venture to the shore to pick up some washed up scraps, he found more than he was looking for. Amongst everything else on the shore, he saw an interesting creature, one that was half man and half fish. What else is there to do but take him home with him?

The merman woke up to find himself in a strange place and instantly panicked. Francis soon calmed him down and learned that his name is Wick. They developed a friendship of sorts, despite their language barrier. After Wick was back in the ocean, they had regular meet ups and their bond grew stronger. To a point where Wick knows something drastic needs to happen in order for them to really be able to be together.

There wasn't much character development in this short story. It mostly focused on the development of their relationship and their need for each other. But I did feel the sense of wonder and awe Francis had when first meeting Wick and his determination for them to continue being together. Even though the story wasn't ever told from Wick's point of view and there were difficulties with language, I could feel his need for Francis as well. It was very sweet and I loved how it ended. It was indeed a fairy tale.

Piper Vaughn is one of my favorite authors so I was pretty sure this would deliver, and it did.
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