REVIEW: Eeli, By Bobbie Rayne & Steph Marie

Title: Eeli
Series: The Brotherhood of Ormarr
Author: Bobbie Rayne & Steph Marie
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, NA, Gay Fiction
LGBTQ+ Category: Gay/MM
Publisher: Self
Pages: 261
Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Eeli~

I’ve been training my entire life for this; I need to be the best, the best fighter, the best dragon rider in the entire brotherhood. This is what I was born for. The only problem is that my bonded dragon, Bodhi, and I can’t seem to get it together. One minute I think we’re connecting properly, and the next she’s taking off, leading me to the one guy I don’t want to know: Slash. He’s basically the opposite of me in every way, and I don’t get why he’s suddenly everywhere I turn, but I can’t deny how he makes me feel when he looks at me.

Slash~

Three years ago my sister and I had to come to a new town and started new schools without our parents’ unconditional love and support. My uncle’s an uncaring drunk, so I’m doing the best I can to keep us both clothed and fed with only an after school job. If I didn’t have her to live for, the loneliness would be excruciating. Now, with only a few months until graduation, I’ve suddenly made a friend because of my sister, and another guy keeps stumbling into me who I think needs help: Eeli. I don’t understand why no one else sees how oddly he’s behaving, but I can’t deny my attraction for him is growing with every mishap.

Eeli is the third book in The Brotherhood of Ormarr series. While each book focuses on a different couple, the overall story arc continues in the next installment. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest reading in order. Eeli is a m/m NA romance, and is recommended for adults 18 years and older.

Series Blurb:

Being a dragon rider for the Brotherhood of Ormarr is filled with adventure, but danger can lurk behind every corner with the Order of Amsel set out to destroy the riders. Azaran, Zale, Eeli, and Malachite have spent their whole lives training, but will it be enough?

The brothers lost their parents years ago to assassins, but they’ve never been able to figure out who was behind the attack. Follow the journey of these dragon riders, along with their faithful dragons, as they find their mates and discover clues that will lead to the final epic showdown.

The Brotherhood of Ormarr series consists of four books, each with its own HEA. While each book focuses on a different couple, the overall story arc continues into the next installment. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest reading in order. This is a m/m romance series, and is recommended for adults 18 years and older.

The Review

Eeli Ormarr is the younger of the four Ormarr brothers.  He’s eighteen and getting ready for graduation from high school.  He’s always been under the watchful eyes of his brothers: Azaran, Zale, and Malachite and the addition of his brothers mates, Toby and Davis.  Eeli has always been focused on school and the intense training of being a dragon rider.  For his own personal reason, he has one goal in mind to always be the best.  His one big problem has always been his bond with Bodhi his dragon.  Bodhi has not always been focused as a dragon and caused some odd situations for Eeli, making him look silly, especially in front of one classmate, Slash.  

Slash Maddox has a big responsibility, keeping his sister Kyla safe.  With the death of their parents they have to live with an unfit uncle.  Slash finds himself befriending the schools be hunky football hero, that certainly causes some questions in his mind.  Plus, he can’t figure out his strange classmate Eeli, who always seems to get in his way.  Slash is hiding away secrets.  He has to be careful about what he reveals and who he can trust.  

As Azaran has tried to find out about the corruption in the Brotherhood, without any progress, Slashes secrets start to fall into place.  Once again the Ormarr Brothers find themselves in danger from the Order of Amsel. 

Another first time read for me by two authors, Bobbie Rayne and Steph Marie. They did a fantastic job collaborating for this heartwarming and danger-packed story.   Eeli and Slashes’ story has many emotional moments with the loss of family.  The novel really digs deep into both these eighteen year olds lives and feelings about so many tragic and new experiences to come.   Eeli and Slash both find that there are people in their lives that offer support. There’s lot’s of sibling teasing and competition but the major part of the novel is about love, understanding, family and the family you make.  

Of course all the dragons are back but Bodhi takes over with her unique dragon personality.  She brings many moments of humor to the storyline as she creates her special bond with Eeli and get’s him in some embarrassing situations.Once again, another stunning cover for “Eeli”.  The first look into “The Brotherhood of Ormarr” is “Azaran” followed by “Zale”.  The final installment to this series is Malachites story.  Can’t wait to see what’s planned for him and his dragon, Kesia. And what will be revealed about the evil Order of Amsel?    

Dragon lovers unite!!

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  

My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights.  Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.  I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors. 

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me.  But if a blurb peaks my interest I will read the book. 

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading. I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  

I got introduced to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre.   Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.  But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.

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