Author: Xen Sanders
Published: September 5, 2016, Riptide Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, M/M
Saint’s afraid to die. Grey can’t stand to live.
Grey Jean-Marcelin wants to die. He thought painting his passion—vivid portrayals of Haitian life and vodou faith—would be enough to anchor him to this world. But it isn’t. And when the mysterious man known only as Saint saves Grey from a suicide attempt, it’s more curse than blessing—until Grey discovers that Saint isn’t just an EMT. He’s a banished fae, and can only survive by draining the lives of those he loves.
All Saint needed was a simple bargain: one life willingly given for another. But as Saint’s feelings for Grey grow deeper, centuries of guilt leave him desperate to save a man who doesn’t want salvation, even if Grey’s life means Saint’s death.
When Grey’s depression consumes him, only he can decide if living is worth the struggle. Yet his choice may come too late to save his life . . . or Saint’s soul. And whatever choice he makes, it may shatter them both.
It is not often that a story teller can invoke all 5 senses. The lyrical prose of this book will have you doing just that. The author brings to life the magical world of Fae and vodou, open markets, old houses and coffee houses, oil paint, sweaty skin and fresh rain. There is a story here too, but listen to the words and you will be transported into this fabulous tale, experiencing it as our two heroes do.
The elements of this book are not a paranormal genre I have read much about. The Sidhe, or Fae, or Fairy Folk are an ancient race. I found myself searching to learn more as I continued in the book. The other element that plays a big role is the Haitian Gods of Vodou. Again, the tidbits that are revealed in the book just made me more curious. I love when an author can invoke that need to read more!
Over the centuries, Saint has done what he needed to survive. Guilt has consumed him each and every time. He enters into a bargain with Grey—a man willingly looking to end his life. What happens when you try to be cold and detached—shatterproof—in order to save what is left of your soul? What happens when you want to die but in making a deal with a Sidhe you find the other half of your soul?
This book is many things and I suspect it will touch readers in as many ways. It’s a twist on paranormal. It’s an M/M Romance. It’s a tragedy. It lends insight into what it is like to live always in the dark and finally to have a glimmer of light peak through. It’s a story of hope. Love is not always the answer. But sometimes, knowing someone cares for you more than you care for yourself, is enough.
You are guaranteed a rollercoaster ride of emotions as this book unfolds. The writing flows through despair, humor, lust and joy. All very seamless while letting the characters tell their story. Thank you Xen, for bringing us Grey and Saint—equally strong partners in this book. Thank you for highlighting the very real struggles of mental illness. Thank you for showing us…. Love is…Love. Well worth the read on so many levels! Looking forward to more paranormal from this author.