Title: Black Bird
Author: Ofelia Gränd
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Fated Mates
LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay
Publisher: JMS Books
Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild
About The Book
After seven years of being on the move, Arlo Barman wants nothing more than a place to call home. But unbeknownst to him, Arlo is a caladrius healer, so staying in one place has never been an option. The compulsion to separate himself from those he’s healed is all-consuming and leaves him little choice but to pack up yet again.
Nash Silver is the only werewolf in his small coastal town. Living undetected in a human world is imperative for his kind, and he and his small circle of friends—a vampire and a psychic—have done so for decades. But Nash’s anonymous existence is jeopardized when a man with an enticing scent moves into town. From the moment Nash lays eyes on the stranger, nothing is more important than being close to him. Not even guarding his secret.
Arlo isn’t interested in a relationship or even a date, his past has taught him nothing good comes from it, but the rather pushy local popping up everywhere he goes has his heart somersaulting. If his heart is somersaulting or not doesn’t matter, because when Nash gets injured, Arlo is the only one who can save him.
Having used his powers, Arlo has to leave Nash and the cozy town he wanted to make his home, but can Nash survive being separated from his mate?
This was my first book by this author but not my last. This story was interesting from beginning to end and I couldn’t put it down. A story of two men both with a past and yet fate puts them together.
Arlo Barman had no idea what he was until the day he watched his mother dying in the hospital. He had no idea what happened but suddenly he absorbed his mother’s darkness curing her and leaving him violently ill. He knew immediately that he could never see his mother again or any other person he healed. Seven years he has moved from place to place never being able to put down roots because he was unable to block himself from helping anyone that he came in contact with and it forced him to leave.
Nash Silver is a werewolf bitten 62 years ago but never turning into an actual wolf. He is half man and half wolf and no pack will accept him. His two friends are Ellis a psychic and Gilbert a vampire each of them having to keep a low profile so that their true identies are never discovered. A visit to a coffee shop where Arlo is working has a serious effect on Nash but he has no idea why.
Arlo loves the town he has made his temporary home trying to stay away from touching or being close to anyone, he wants to be able to finally stay put for a while but Nash’s constant attention is making him see the futility in staying. More and more Nash pushes himself on Arlo until he finally gets Arlo to invite him in for coffee. The more Nash pushes the more Arlo pushes back until Nash loses control and shows his beast. Arlo discovers that he is not the only one less than human when he discovers Nash is a werewolf and what Ellis and Gilbert are.
Arlo never knew what he was he only knew what he could do but there are others out there well aware of him and when he is kidnapped it is Nash who comes to his rescue. Nash can’t be away from Arlo and his first thought is Arlo is a witch but his friends know that he is Nash’s mate and if they aren’t bonded Nash will loss control and destroy everything and everyone in his path which would lead to his death.
Nash saves Arlo but is seriously injured leaving Arlo in the position of having to save him and leave. This is where I will stop explaining what happened because it is something you have to read for yourself. What Arlo is and why he needs to leave everyone he helps is answered, what happens between Arlo and Nash doesn’t happen without alot of work. There are surprises, romance, secrets and that’s all folks.
Can’t recommend this book highly enough.
I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.
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