For Pestilence, the White Horseman, love becomes the most powerful cure.
Having lost his wife and child during the Black Plague, Pestilence accepts the fate destiny has given him as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. For centuries, Pestilence did his job, spreading plagues and disease around the world. He does it to keep the balance between good and evil, yet he hates every minute of it. He longs to be left alone, but suddenly fate seems to have a different plan for him.
When Bart Winston stumbles into an Amazon clearing, he’s terribly ill and sure he’s going to die. A tall white-haired man with unusual black eyes catches him in his arms and Bart’s life takes a turn into the unbelievable. Blaming the whole situation on his illness might have worked, but as he gets better and learns about the strange man who heals him, Bart must accept there are more things in the world than he ever guessed.
Pestilence and Bart heal each other, and begin to wonder if there can be a future for the White Horseman and the mortal he’s fallen in love with.
Author: T.A. Chase
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Unconventional In Atlanta , What's His Passion?, Barefoot Dancing, No Bravery
Series: The Four Horsemen #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: War, Famine, Death
Published by Pride Source: Publisher
Published: 15 November 2015
Genres: Fantasy Romance, Male Male Romance
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Pestilence (or Pest) has been serving as the harbinger of diseases and plagues since the 13th century. Hard to not like Pest or see his conflicts, as he was a doctor in his mortal life, and only assumed his new position after losing his wife and son to the Black Death. Frustrated with his inability to touch humans with his bare hands, he’s tired of the runaround, his tasks and the limited connection he has with others like him.
Bart is a Harvard professor, part of a research team in the Amazon jungle. Not particularly world-wise or capable outside of his laboratory, his late arrival to camp revealed his colleagues had moved on without him. Unfortunately he’s also falling ill, and finding help or rescue could be difficult.
Fortunately he stumbles upon Pest, quietly enjoying a picnic lunch, and the tether to humanity that Pest still maintains has him deciding to help the hapless human. From Lam (Lamb of God) coming to nurse Bart while Pest is off on another adventure, and his repeated interactions with Death, his own thoughts are never far from Bart and the disease that brought death to his teammates.
I expected a darker story with the background, and was pleasantly surprised to find Pest wholly likable and easy to understand. Bart was hard to not like, a bit of a clumsy puppy, only wanting to have attention paid and to be heard. A few misses in continuity caused momentary questions, soon forgotten as the story moved to spend more time with Pest and Bart and the struggle to find a cure for this new disease. Yes there is some steam that fits with the connection between Bart and Pest, and some lingering questions about War, Famine and Death should be answered in future installments.