Title: Elemental Love
An untrained warlock is a dangerous man to love.
On his twenty-first birthday, Evrain Brookes discovers he is an elemental warlock. The spell suppressing his talent lifts and he has to get used to a whole new existence. The protection that kept him safe during his childhood is gone, his skills are wild and uncontrolled and there are those that seek to use him for their own gain.
Evrain’s grandmother is a witch, his godfather another warlock. Between them they do their best to keep Evrain on the right path. He learns that in order to gain control of his formidable powers he will need to ‘channel’ through a life partner, a process that only happens with consent and through love. But how will he ever find a man prepared to put up with a Dominant warlock for a boyfriend?
Dominic Castine has no idea that Evrain’s grandmother sees him as a prospective partner for Evrain. He tends her garden and she teaches him about herbs–a trade off they both enjoy. He is drawn to Evrain’s charismatic presence but doesn’t understand why he wants to drop to his knees and submit to him.
When Agatha is murdered, Evrain and Dominic are thrown together as she manipulates them from beyond the grave. Dominic becomes the pawn in a terrifying game between warlocks whose powers he barely comprehends.
In the end, lives will depend on his courage, his willingness to grant Evrain control and the power of love.
Author: L.M. Somerton
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Living on the Edge , What's His Passion?, Hard Riders Anthology, Testing Lysander
Series: Warlocks #1
Published by Pride Source: Publisher
Published: March 29, 2016
Genres: BDSM, Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
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Evrain’s a elemental warlock and discovers it on his 21st birthday. A secret that his grandmother, Agatha, had managed to magically suppress in him. Now that he knows, he needs to learn his skill and how to control it. In order, to control his skills he will need to find a life partner to help him, something that only happens with consent and love. Secret, his grandmother had been eyeballing her gardener, Dominic, as the perfect partner for Evrain. Agatha manages to have them meet each other before she is murdered. Now Evrain and Dominic need to work together to so that he can control his new powers before the murderer can get his hands on Evrain.
I have mixed feeling about Elemental Love and am entering this review with those mixed feeling foremost in my mind. I want to do justice in my review but I’m having a small problem getting pass a certain scene that for the most part, ruined what was shaping up to be a good read. I really liked Evrain and Dominic’s story. There was a nice dynamic between them as they got to know each other although at times Evrain’s cockiness was a bit much. The story itself is a good combination of paranormal romance with murder/mystery to keep things exciting. The whodunit was a bit predictable but still made for an entertaining read. Now for why I am having problems and it comes with a spoiler alert.
It’s the sex that killed it for me. In general, it was good. There was just the right amount of heat between Evrain and Dominic. Evrain is bold and Dominic is eager, a good combination when you have the whole BDSM-lite thing going on. That said, there’s a whole weird scene involving a bed that comes to life and has this uncomfortable (to me) sexual moment with Dominic. Later on, you come to find out Evrain (unwittingly) is behind it. I’m not against using toys during sex. In fact, I find it highly entertaining. It’s when things come to life that I start to hit my ick factor. For the curious, the bed is made of wood and Evrain is an elemental…let your imagination take over now. Talk about a mood killer for me and not only the mood the book as well. Every playful scene after that had me cringing; wondering what was going to happen next. A little warning in the blurb would have been appreciated, although, if I had known about this scene, I probably would not have read the book.
I’ve previously read books by L.M. Somerton and have enjoyed them. I am however on the fence when it comes to continuing the Warlocks series. While for the most part, I enjoyed Elemental Love, that whole weird bed sex scene was a complete turn off for me. Once bitten, twice shy and all that, I’ll probably pass. I’ll more than likely read her other works, but the next in this series…pass.