Honestly, I didn t have high hopes I d like this book because of the fact that I picked it up and put it down so long ago but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I did like it overall I suppose I just wasn t in the right mood the last time I tried reading it and that is why my opinion is completely different now This was quite an interesting story Diego is a writer and when he meets Finn and takes him to Canada, he starts to write and about what Finn is and how Finn has lived his life Diego is kind of a sad character It broke my heart every time he had a seizure Finn is a unique character He talks like he s still in an old world and doesn t understand any of the technologies nowadays but he s sweet and really cares about Diego and wants to protect him because they are meant to be together forever view spoiler which they have been because since Finn is immortal and Diego is not, Diego keeps being reincarnated so they are essentially true mates hide spoiler Diego is a savior of all things stray Even if one of his strays was able to hurt him, he just can t stop doing so His heart is just too big which doesn t sit well with his lover, who ends up leaving him Diego s latest save is a naked man, crouching on a rail of Brooklyn Bridge Little that he knows, the man, Finn, is an endangered fae, a pooka And he will fill Diego s heart with love.I didn t bought the 1st edition due to Ms Martinez s warning about the legal dispute When this 2nd edition is released by SP, I didn t hesitate to purchase it Awwww, what a sweet story this is Diego has this walking sadness around him even if the strays and others can see his heart of gold, but the fact that his ex cannot, and how he can t seem to sell his book, does something hurtful to his soul I m just glad that he finds happiness in Finn.Reading about Finn s interaction with modern world is adorable From the magic of answering machine, to him trying to build a modern art , to his joy of being in the wilderness, when Diego brings him to a cabin in Canada Finn cannot stand too much iron in the modern life I just love it puts a smile to my face throughout.The action when they fight the wendigo is great though there are times, I wish that it is descriptive I mean, the one that results in Finn being hurt is written off screen instead readers are presented with Diego s concern state I would love to read that fighting scene.Oh, there s a little twist regarding Finn and Diego s relationship view spoiler turns out that Diego is pretty much Finn s soulmate Finn is immortal, he can heal himself over and over, but Diego cannot So Diego has reincarnated several times and Finn has always been able to find a way to him somehow hide spoiler Lost And Starving, Finn Wakes To A Poisoned World, But A Man Comes To Him, A White Light In The Darkness Can A Centuries Old Pooka Find What He Needs With A Heartbroken, Modern Man When Diego Rescues A Naked Man From The Rail Of The Brooklyn Bridge, He Just Wants To Get The Poor Man Out Of Traffic And To Social Services He Gets Than He Bargained For When He Discovers Finn Is An Ailing Pooka, Poisoned By The City S Pollution To Help Him Recover, Diego Takes Him To New Brunswick Where Finn Inadvertently Wakes An Ancient, Evil Spirit The WendigoWhile They Struggle To Find A Way To Destroy The Wendigo Before It Can Possess Diego Or Kill Nearby Innocents, Diego Wrestles With His Growing Feelings For Finn Kill The Monster And Navigate A Relationship Between A Modern Man And A Centuries Old Pooka Piece Of Cake Charming, romantic, this story was a delight The characters, especially Finn, got to me right away Finn, so confused and indignant in the beginning, and Diego, with his huge heart Both of themsweet, funny, sexyoh, yeah Their personalities came through in the dialogue, which was very well done I liked having action mixed with the warm fuzzies It added some nice tension.I did think the ending was a little too drawn out after the climax, but it meant I got time with the MCs, so I won t complain This is one of those rare gems that I usually wouldn t bother buying but thank god I did because this is a rare, truly fabulous story Although I hardly, if ever, shop at Red Rose Publishing, I was over checking out the newest releases and the blurb attracted me While I had some reservations and really didn t appreciate the cover, I still wanted to give this book a try I even went so far as to read the excerpt which I never do and was intrigued enough to get What a complete gem hiding out in the depths of a publisher I rarely hear mentioned Wonderful characters, delightful dialogue, and a thrilling storyline all combine to create a thoroughly entertaining and absorbing tale I couldn t put this down.Diego is driving home one night when he comes across a figure perched on the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, naked except for dirty blanket Unable to stop his addiction to helping lost causes, Diego gives in to the desperation in the man s eyes and brings him home Soon Diego discovers his erstwhile guest is actually a magical being, a Fae being called a pooka The poison and pollution combined with a modern, unfamiliar setting make the ancient creature violently ill to the point Diego decides to head to a friend s cabin in the wilderness for some peace for both men While there, however, another ancient magical being is awakened and decides he rather likes Diego as well and thus a difficult, magical fight breaks out.The premise actually sounds pretty wild but the deft handling and tight writing keep the story fast paced, entertaining, and engrossing Instead of being corny and trite, the characters are intelligent and likeable Although there were a few errors in the editing and writing that caught my eye, I was too engrossed in the story to care There are some world building issues along with some dropped threads, especially relating to Finn s past and the actual Fae There was less world building than supplemental information meant to create a deeper alternate reality, which slides slightly on the heavy telling side However I ll say again, it didn t diminish my enjoyment of the story whatsoever The talented story telling wove a complex and intricate story with splashes of humor and whimsy to lighten the tension while developing a strong relationship and emotional connection.Diego starts out a little too good to be true with his big heart, failed relationship and willingness to take in any and every lost cause he comes across However, this is an essential aspect of his character that shows his strength rather than his weakness at first glance He is firmly routed in reality and stubbornly refuses to believe in magic, while a part of his mind and soul yearn deeply for the existence of magic Diego is surrounded by magic as he comes to find out and this journey to acceptance against the firm rules of reality as he knows it is part of the story The dichotomy is one that he struggles with for the entirety of the book and only towards the end is he able to reconcile the parts of his personality with Finn s help.Finn offers the most comic relief in the story as a fairy that has been asleep for over seven hundred years and can remember debates about the Ice Age His fascination and confusion with the modern world comes across fresh and interesting with a delightful dose of outrageous humor and formal diction His narration and dialogue are the funniest of the story and provide an ease of intensity in even the direst circumstances Although the story is at times graphic, Finn s comments and humor keep the scenes from being too dark and off putting, instead injecting a comic element that elevates the entertainment Finn, however, is not all fun and light as the affects of the poison in the city and even battles with other fairies are not easy and inconsequential Finn has a depth and history that give him weight as a character and easily make him as interesting as Diego.Mixed in with the storyline are excerpts from Diego s fictional book, which is really a transcript of conversations with Finn about his magical life and past These give insight into Finn and the world of the Fae These excerpts are a little heavy handed but at the same wonderful and informative I liked this technique in giving background to the character of Finn and his outlook on relationships, life, magic, the world and his lovers while adding the always present humor and emotion It would have been nice to been able to have Diego s reaction as than an interviewer but the information offered added depth and interest to the story.The latter portion of the book deals with the other magical being they encounter in the woods and this is well crafted and continues to hold the readers interest Although the resolution is heavily based in magic, as is expected, the slow build up of tension and weaving together of various storylines happens subtly The actual elements of the resolution are basic and the deft writing combines them in such a way as to create something intriguing and interesting The ending also leaves room for a sequel, which I hope will be forthcoming at some point.Overall, I really loved reading this book Beyond any problems or praise this was a purely entertaining story with great characters and an absorbing tale The blending of paranormal and modern elements with folklore is deft and skillful leaving a story you almost wish could happen but perhaps much happier to just read about it If you re looking for a fabulous paranormal story about fairies that blends lore and modern reality, be sure to pick this up I haven t even mentioned the great sex scenes and incredibly satisfying romance Really, you won t want to miss this book. 3.5 starsRounded down 3 ish star books are hard to write reviews for terrible grammar Anyway, I m struggling also because I made the mistake of putting off writing the review and I can only remember it in broad strokes I quite liked the protags, Diego and Finn, and thought it clever that pooka Finn was became ill living in the city away from the wilds Diego whisks him away to a mountain cabin The whirlwind, life or death battles fought in the forests were exciting and the slow reveals of Finn s backstory very interesting What kept throwing me out of the story, and I don t remember this being an issue with other Martinez books, was the overuse of words like thousand s.over and over and over A thousand crackling shards, a thousand directions, thousands of miles, a thousand and three ways, a thousand jagged splinters, a thousand wounds, a thousand falling shards, a thousand exploding stars..you get the picture That is so NOT like this author So, a very nice story, but nothing truly special IMO Martinez who is a favorite author has written many, far better stories. A great start to a series I ve had this book for ages 2009 edition and just never got to it, but I m so glad I finally loaded it on my Kindle Diego is a writer who suffers from seizures but spends most of his spare time helping others and looking after the homeless When we meet him, he has recently broken up with an unsympathetic boyfriend whom I wanted to strangle Diego and Finn meet when Diego is the only person to stop to help the man who is about to jump off a bridge Of course Diego is certain the man is insane with his out there comments and lack of knowledge of the modern world Diego plans to help Finn get the help he needs, but strange things happen and a relationship begins to form Finn is a Pooka, and can change into many forms at will, surprising Diego who has trouble believing his eyes, but is slowly forced to see that Finn is special.The story takes off with a trip to Canada for Finn s health and their adventure in fighting an evil being I loved the action and the slow but steady growth of the relationship These two were so good together that I can t wait to read. Let s start off by talking about these two men What a mess they both are Diego is a sweet, caring, naive idiot He is too good to others, to the point he s been injured and can barely keep himself fed At some point before this book starts, in an attempt to help a homeless man, he was beaten to the point he now has seizures He lives in Brooklyn, is a barely self employed writer, and has recently been dumped by his douchebag lover He s just managing to get by, buying pretzels for the local homeless folks, writing a bit, and surviving Barely He s a lonely mess.Into his life falls Finn Finn is a Pooka, a very special fairy, who has been sleeping for hundreds of years waking to a strange and toxic Ireland He stows away in a ship and makes it to a stranger and even toxic New York He s sick, starved, desperate, and naked, when Diego finds him crouching on the railing of the Brooklyn bridge Diego convinces him to get in his car and takes him home The next challenge is to clean him, hydrate him, clothe him and feed him Which Diego does, calmly assuming he s a crazy man, he ll pass him off to someone in a day or two.Diego and Finn are the stars of this wonderful story But there are others We also have Mitch, the douchebag ex lover popping in and out, Tia Carmen, Diego s landlady and source of wonderful food, and Miriam, Diego s agent and friend All these folks come together to create a very creative cast So a brief look at the plot, without giving too much away Finn is being poisoned by the iron, toxic crap, and whatnot, that is in the city Diego sees this and tries to send him off to the country to a cabin Miriam has Diego does not want to go, he s a city boy, he can t see himself in the country Then there is the excuse of his health, his seizures, etc He s also slowly developing feelings for Finn, which WE know Finn is returning, but Diego is trying to be good and not act out of desperation and loneliness He doesn t want to take advantage of Finn We also find out wonderful things about Finn s abilities, he s pretty cool But Diego comes to realize Finn needs to leave and can t be trusted to care for himself That s the set up that gets us to the main action, so to speak, and off the boys go to New Brunswick But they get in to some serious trouble when Finnunknowingly wakes up a wendigo All hell breaks loose and they have to fight for their lives Ok I need to mention one other thing about this story, it is a bit of a spoiler, I m sorry, but I have to do it Angel wrote a book about a man who meets a Pooka, who writes a book about a man who meets a Pooka That is freaking genius, seriously.This book walks the fine line between cute and cheesy on one side, and dark and intense on the other There is an epic battle between the Finn and Diego versus the wendigo, which is a bit dark, but the lightness of Finn is the perfect balance He s goofy and snarky, irreverent and innocent, even though he s hundreds of years old Diego is just beautiful Painfully beautiful.Angel has such a light touch to her writing, keeping it all balanced in a creative story The characters are perfect in their flawed way, the conversations are funny and sweet, the action is exciting, and the sex is lovely The extra characters add loads to the story, helping when needed and adding drama also when needed The wendigo is horrible, as all bad things should be, the perfect foil to the lightness of Finn and Diego There is a bit of angst, and a great ending The added chapter at the end that appears to have been a Christmas short story is so sweet A great addition.I can t wait for the next Finn and Diego story A copy of this book was provided for reviewing The original review posted at www.lovebytesreviews.com I love Angel Martinez, and I ve read mostly everything she s written, but this book, while pleasant, wasn t my favorite from her Finn was a fun read I m always down for a hottie fae with a nicely plotted, fast pace I ve never read a book with a pooka MC before, but I was totally down with the magic and charm of the story Three star reviews are some of the hardest for me to write because while I enjoyed the story, I don t feel super strongly about it, either way There were dark parts and some funny parts, but overall, the sappiness and cheesy pet names brought me back from really enjoyed the story I found the jump to love to be way too fast for my personal tastes as well It read like a novella, though it clocked in over 200 pages long I think if you like Angel Martinez, the story is certainly worth your while It was a nice break from some heavier reads for me, though I don t think it will stand out a few weeks from now Copy provided in exchange for an honest review I m hovering in the 3.5 to 4 Hearts range, so I m just going to round up to 4.A pooka poo ka po ok nounnoun pooka plural noun pookas in Irish mythology a hobgoblin I d never heard of such a thing Fairies, yes Pookas, no Can t say that any Finn set the bar high as far as pookas go He s a delight He s also a shapeshifting pooka who can shift into a DRAGON squeals with delight Finn and Diego first meet on the Brooklyn Bridge Diego believes Finn s about to jump and Diego has a penchant for saving lost souls of all varieties As a matter of fact, his relationship with Mitch has recently bit the dust because of Diego s kindheartedness Good riddance, I say Mitch is a douche canoe At any rate, Diego talks Finn into coming back to his apartment and begins trying to breach the defenses Finn is wary, has a deep seeded mistrust of humans, but is growing weaker by the day and therefore desperate As an aside, I appreciate very much the environmental message that pervades this story.A series of events happen and Diego takes Miriam, his publisher, up on her offer to take up residence at her home near Fundy National Park in Canada Let me tell you, some freaky shit happens in Canada Some good, some bad, all freaky Ok, maybe not all but a lot.I enjoyed Finn quite a bit It s the opening of a series and the follow up is a must read as this one has an open ending Both Diego and Finn have distinct voices, even if I was reading along and noticed there was no Finn said I knew it was him and vice versa All the descriptions of all the animals thoughts were great fun Finn kind of steals the show here, in my opinion, with his shenanigans and bluntness, though I do like both characters They have sort of a star crossed feel to them that I always a win for me, though I m having trouble feeling there heat and intensity Perhaps in Diego the intensity will get ratcheted up Hopefully.The characters of Tia Carmen and Miriam also put on quite a show in Finn Let s just say Miriam is a riot I d so have cocktails with her I wish Tia Carmen would come over with enchiladas and stuffed poblanos I m willing to send my address I make a mean margarita I can even rustle up some prickly pears and send this thing to the next level Just sayin The three of us could wreak some serious havoc.It was the supernatural high jinks that kept me turning the pages and what will propel me to read Diego.To all the pooka lovers out there, this series is for you Reviewed for
Angel Martinez currently lives part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head She has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate Angel s alter ego writes the all ages science fiction Sandra Stixrude.
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- 205 pages
- Angel Martinez
- 07 October 2019 Angel Martinez