Review: Hard as Stone by Rori Ni Coileain

Hard as StoneHard as Stone by Rori Ni Coileain
Book #1 in SoulShares series
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: October 18th, 2012
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books

Synopsis from Goodreads:

What can I say… Rory Ni Coileain combines male hotness and a fabulous sense of the unknown in her SoulShares series. I eagerly await every new release. Talk about being a page turner..” – Susan Mac Nicol, international best-selling author of Saving Alexander and Worth Keeping

Tiernan Guaire was exiled from the Fae Realm a century and a half ago for his brother’s murder. His soul torn in half, he lives by his vows – never to trust, never to love. And if he can only be whole by finding and loving the human with the other half of his soul, then he’s content to live broken and half-souled.

Kevin Almstead’s future, the career he’s worked for as long as he can remember, has been taken away by a vote of the partners at his law firm. Chance brings him to Purgatory, the hottest all-male nightclub in Washington, D.C., to a meeting with a Fae with long blond hair, ice-blue eyes, and a smile promising pleasures he’s never dreamed of. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as chance.

Tiernan isn’t the only one to find Kevin in Purgatory. The most ancient enemy of the Fae race sees in the handsome lawyer a way to destroy the world from which it to was exiled. And only the strength of a true SoulShare bond can keep it from what it seeks.

Nominee of the Best Debut Novel and Best Gay Erotic Romance, 2012 Rainbow Awards

Finalist, Best Erotica, 2012 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll


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Wendy’s Review


I was really looking forward to Hard as Stone.  Off the top of my head I can’t think of any M/M Paranormal Romances I’ve read, so the synopsis really had me excited!

Hard as Stone had so much going for it.  The plot was very detailed, the history and world building had the basics that could have been expansive.  The problem was the writing was just mediocre for me.  What I hoped would be a well thought out plot and world got lost in strange phrasing and overly floral writing that was unnecessary.  I almost felt like the author was trying so hard to write a deep book that she overshot.  First of all, you can’t really be deep when they’re three sex scenes in the first 3 chapters.  Yes, it says Erotica in the description, but it was just a LOT.  I suppose I didn’t expect it.  Or at least I expected the plot to carry the story at least as much as the sex.

On a whole, I liked Kevin a lot more than I liked Tiernan.  I liked Kevin’s story more than I liked the story of the Fae.

Other than those little things the book was less than average.  I kept reading, but everything felt generic and in the end I was left completely unsatisfied.  I’m pretty sure I won’t continue reading this series.

Thank you to Riverdale Avenue Books and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  = D

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