Author: J.R. Loveless
Title: Fragments of a Unicorn's Soul
Publisher: Torquere Press
Cover Artist: Kris Norris
Release Date: 4/6/16
Heat Level: 3
Length: 12k words
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy
Content with his life, Elek Keros never questions the ways of the Unicorn. Until one night the sense of something coming awakens him from a deep sleep. He breaks Unicorn law by leaving the enchanted glade his kind lives in to search for what is calling to him. Each night he returns home without answers, but he cannot stop entering the forest day after day to find what he seeks.
The answer lies in a small child Elek rescues. Over the years, he watches over the boy, learns all that he can about the human and steadily falls in love with him. But how can the love he feels possibly breach the divide between their two worlds?
Elek let out a pained whinny, tossing his head in denial of Jonathan’s words. The human male would not be coming back. It struck such pain through his heart that Elek did not understand how to cope with it. What could he say to make Jonathan remain by his side? Please don’t go.
Heart wrenching at the distress in Elek’s voice, Jonathan stifled a small sound and rested his forehead against Elek’s neck. “I can’t stay, Elek. It’s not possible.”
Why? Elek demanded.
“Because my feelings for you aren’t rational! You aren’t human, Elek, and… I can’t do this anymore. All I can think of is you, all I dream of is being here with you. It isn’t possible,” Jonathan cried, squeezing his eyes shut. Today would be their last day together. He returned to school tomorrow.
Desperation rose in Elek. A strange burning sensation started behind Elek’s eyes. Salt stung his nostrils and water welled up, spilling down his muzzle.
Jonathan felt wetness drip onto his neck and he pulled back in surprise. His sapphire gaze widened in shock. “Elek!”
I… love you, Jonathan. Elek keened to him, frantically hoping that Jonathan returned his love.
Jonathan shook his head. “No, Elek. No. You can’t. It’s not possible. Please… don’t.”
Elek struggled to his feet, backing away from Jonathan. He’d put his heart in Jonathan’s hands and the human had rejected him. Despite knowing that their love wasn’t possible, Elek couldn’t stop the hurt spearing deep into his soul.
Jonathan gave him a helpless look. “Elek, please don’t go.”
A shrill cry echoed throughout the trees and Elek spun around, racing away from Jonathan, trying to outrun the pain. But it haunted him, nipping at his hooves like dogs at the paws of a fox. The human did not return his love. Elek didn’t stop running until he’d reached the glade. His head hung down almost to the ground in sorrow, and the normally vibrant spiral horn had dulled to a grayish color.
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Elek has never questioned the rules all unicorns must follow, but when he feels the pull to go into the forest, he's unable to resist. He goes out day after day seeking for that elusive something, until the day he finds a small boy and rescues him.
He watches the boy grow up and turn into a man, slowly falling in love with him. However, with him being a unicorn and the boy being human, there's no way they'd ever be together, or is there?
I absolutely adored this book! It was so sweet, with some light angst, a few twists and a lot of heart. Elek was amazing and definitely my favorite of the two. I wanted to slap Jonathan a couple of times, although I did understand his reasons and he kind of grew on me in the end. I would've liked to see a bit more of them together, but I was satisfied with how it all played out.
Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!
J.R. Loveless is a native Floridian who spends her days in an office physically but mentally is frolicking between the pages of her imagination. Writing has been a lifelong passion that escaped from her in the midst of life until she discovered Yaoi. After following breadcrumbs of the anime style, she discovered a forum dedicated to the world of Yaoi. Inspired, she tried her own hand at M/M romances, spending hours building worlds of her own with the newfound support of other forum members. She can never write enough of the electrifying emotions that blaze across the hearts and souls of her characters.
She is a self-confessed Dr. Who addict with a spastic dog and a neurotic cat for companions on her long journey through the many chapters of her life. One day she hopes to visit far off places and have grand adventures like those of the characters in her stories.
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