Royal Powers #6
Publisher: Blue Rain Press
Genre: Paranormal, Shared Universe
Duke of Camprodon, Rainmaker, Merrick Blackburn’s life is coming apart. His groom left him at the altar days before the wedding and he’s been accused of causing a drought by Tarik, the Duke of Arles.
Merrick’s winery, Hand to Heart, one of the oldest in the land, is in jeopardy, due to neglect and that dang drought. Most of his staff has left, and he’s on the verge of going broke.
Desperate, Merrick hires handsome Ryan McGrail as steward to bring the vineyard back to life. But Ryan distracts Merrick from the job at hand and Merrick isn’t sure, but Ryan might be flirting with him.
Ryan lost his last job protecting his cousin from abuse. Ryan hates being in the spotlight shining on the Duke, but he needs a job and needs it quick. He’s not sure, but is Merrick flirting with him?
Will the growing feelings between them save the winery? Will it ever rain? Will Merrick ever make it to the altar?
I’m loving the Royal Powers shared world and thought this was a wonderful addition to it. I enjoyed Merrick and Ryan’s sweet, low angst story, and got drawn into it very quickly.
I liked both men as individuals and the chemistry between them. I thought they complemented each other well with Ryan being the steady, practical caring rock Merrick needs. I liked Merrick’s compassion and how he doesn’t stand on ceremony or rank, and starts new traditions like sharing meals with his staff. I liked how his ability is tied into his emotions, and I loved the tangible feel of the emotions between him and Ryan, and the friendship they build alongside their romance.
I also liked Temple, Ryan’s cousin, and would love to read his story. One of the things I’m especially loving about this shared world is how other characters from earlier stories pop into later ones. I enjoyed seeing Sander and Tavik from another perspective, and the friendship between Sander and Merrick.
Cassian, Merrick’s ex, comes across as a total sleeze, and I hope he gets what he deserves.
The descriptions of the setting and characters were wonderful, and I found them very easy to imagine. I thought they were very atmospheric, no pun intended considering Merrick’s power.
The ending was very satisfying and the HEA I’ve come to expect from this author, who is one of my autoreads. 5 out of 5 stars.