Finn by Angel Martinez
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (266 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Cactus
Sanity is relative and the world has room for more than one truth.
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 over to social services. He gets more than he bargained for when Finn turns out to be an ailing pooka, poisoned by the pollution of the city. To help him recover, Diego takes him north to New Brunswick where Finn inadvertently wakes an ancient, evil spirit, the wendigo.
While Diego and Finn struggle to find a way to destroy the wendigo before it can possess Diego or kill nearby innocents, Diego wrestles with his growing passion for Finn. Can they succeed in destroying the monster and in navigating a relationship between a modern man and a centuries-old fairy?
When a feisty pooka meets a big-hearted do-gooder, sparks literally fly between the magical Fae and the human in this delightful and fabulous story. Diego can’t resist taking home another lost cause when he finds Finn shivering and lost on the Brooklyn Bridge. From that moment, Diego is unwittingly attached to the man he saved and soon finds out Finn is actually a member of the Fae. An elusive pooka who is poisoned by the iron and steel surrounding the city, Diego eventually brings him to the woods to heal. Unfortunately they encounter another magical being who isn’t so happy to share the world with humans.
This paranormal story mixes folklore with modern reality to create a fresh, interesting, and completely absorbing tale. 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. 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. 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 was at times graphic, Finn’s comments and humor keep the scenes from being too dark and off putting, instead injecting a comic element.
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 was 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. You won’t want to miss it.