Romanus, by Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Buy Link: eBook
Stopping to offer help one sultry summer night, Mason James is unprepared for the change that this simple act of kindness will bring. After giving an old man a ride home, Mason discovers a new, magical, and even dangerous world he cannot hope to understand. But he also finds Luc Toussaint and is intoxicated at first sight… and even the secret Luc protects won’t be enough to keep Mason away from the truth of his heritage and their love.
1st edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.
A really unique take on shifter novels, with some incredibly fascinating mythology being built up. But I generally struggle with novellas because they just don’t give me the depth and detail that I want in a story… and unfortunately, I was left wanting by the end.
I did love Mason. He’s a dream man: a firefighter, a genuinely good human being, and a solid friend. I love how laid back he is, although he’s definitely not emotionless!
Where this novella fell short for me was in the magic and myth. Mary introduces us to a world where shifters live among us, and Mason has his own role to play in that, but the novella teases and never delivers.
On a personal note, this novella did hint at dubious consent for me. Mason “is intoxicated at first sight”… to the point where he is no longer himself. I was bothered by the fact that he agreed to have unprotected sex with a complete stranger, trusting just because the guy said he was clean. The insta-lust changed who he was as a character, which made me uncomfortable as a reader because it seemed on par with someone who had been drugged.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.