Tiernan Guaire is a Fae in exile. Forced from the Realm into the human world for the unimaginable crime of a brother’s murder, he lives by a century-old vow, to trust no one, and never to allow himself to love or be loved.
Kevin Almstead has just lost his future, to a vote of the partners at his law firm. Trying to escape for an evening, he ventures into Purgatory, the hottest all-male nightclub in Washington, D.C., where he allows himself to be seduced by a stranger with long blond hair and ice-blue eyes.
Drawn into a Soulshare bond with his intended one-night stand, Tiernan soon learns that the most ancient and evil enemy of the Fae still walks the human world, and it will stop at nothing – certainly not Kevin Almstead – to possess the magick of a Noble Fae.
I’m kind of torn on this one. I loved the premise. The idea that a Fae could be exiled and lose part of his soul in the process is a unique twist. I think my main problem with Hard as Stone was that it was a little too short to fully develop the twists and turns.
Tiernan was pretty broken. Not only had he committed the most treasonous act imaginable, he was saddled with eternity to live with the consequences… and the guilt.
Kevin was broken in a subtle way. He never felt quite connected. Once he met Tiernan, he understood why.
Tiernan fought his attraction to Kevin as soon as he figured out who he was. He’d spent decades avoiding his SoulShare. As miserable as he was, he wasn’t ready to give up his immortality, but he also didn’t think he deserved to be happy. His guilt over the crime he committed made him hide the truth from Kevin.
As if all the tension between Kevin and Tiernan weren’t enough, there was a mysterious force out to get both Kevin and Tiernan. The tension and mystery in Hard as Stone was pretty much non-stop. So was the heat between the two main characters.
Gale Force is the next book in the SoulShares series. Even though it is centered around a totally different couple, there were still some loose ends that need to be tied up. Hopefully the second book will answer some of my questions.