Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in Sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing. She's worked in museums, fashion, finance and film production. Her favorite job so far was Administrative Assistant in a haunted Victorian Mansion. She's had several short stories published in the mystery, horror and literary genres and is the author of the Masters and Mages erotic fantasy series. Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference. She lives with one dog and four and half cats. She is currently working on the next Masters and Mages novella and several other erotic novellas.
Book Name: To Catch A Threeve
Author Name: Alexis Duran
Publisher: Loose ID
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Categories: Erotica, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Pages: 43,000 words/135 pages
Axel Blackwood catches a thief and is astounded to see that he closely resembles Liam Alloway, the love he lost seven years ago in an attack by the evil woodland folk known as threeves. Axel suspects he's fallen prey to dark magic, but can't help becoming infatuated with his prisoner. He's overwhelmed with the hope that he can at last bring his lost lover home, despite everything that warns him it's all a diabolical trick. Bryn Darrow, the half-threeve, half human orphan sent to trick Axel and rob him of much more than a simple gem finds himself equally as fascinated with his handsome human captor and the lure of someplace to call home, but he knows deep down that the constable is in love with a dangerous illusion. When he's commanded by the threeves to murder Axel and steal a witch's powerful grimoire, he's forced to decide between the only family he's ever known and the one person who might rescue him from a life of isolation and pain. Will Axel and Bryn be forced into a deadly confrontation before they can discover the truth?
“What are you, Bryn Darrow?” Axel asked.
“Wish I knew,” Bryn answered, shaking his head and chuckling. “You can go on pretending I’m this Liam person if you want.”
“If you ever try to act like Liam again, I’ll let Drummond lop your head off. He’s itching to, you know.”
“You started it,” Bryn snapped. “And now you’re getting friendly again.”
Axel jerked his hands away from Bryn’s back as if he’d been burned. “I’m looking for your clan sign. Why’d you remove it?”
“Looking with your fingers instead of your eyes? Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind it.” Bryn looked over his shoulder with that annoying, delectable smile. Only the memory of being spelled senseless stopped Axel from resuming his exploration of Bryn’s skin, kissing his neck, pushing him down into the grass—
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Seven years ago, what Axel thought was going to be just another ordinary day of escorting a another wedding party, turned out to be the most painful and unforgettable day of his life. That was the day when he lost Liam, the man he loved with all his heart, the man he was waiting to marry, the man he was fated to be with for the rest of his life. The stones had promised they would be together.
But the threeves killed him.
Today, Axel is on another one of his regular duties, delivering a parcel to his Lord, when the attack came. He never thought he would see the dead come to rise, but he did, in the form a of half-human-half-threeve. Liam was there in front of him. What he was, Axel was not certain. He never doubted his love was lost, but what was this, who was this, in front of him? Why did this threeve look just like Liam?
Bryn was a mystery for he himself really did not know who or what he was. Oh, he had an idea and he was never kept innocent of it, it's just that his past was something he could wish to accept. When his feelings for Axel turn for the more romantic and protective, he was honestly confused. What were the threeves doing to him and what was the whole reason behind the mystery of his change. When the answers came, he had to choose: be with Axel or remain Bryn.
Threeves are beings in the forest that had inhabited the world since before man came. Now, they were scorned and feared for they looked like the trees they inhabited in. They were also willy, crafty, full of dark magic, and highly dangerous. They never consorted with humans unless it was to steal or kill. What was a half-threeve doing in their midst? What were the threeves planning?
Alexis Duran had managed to fire up my curiosity with this one. This is a plot that twists and turns and really kept me guessing. Most times I was correct, but there were surprises that made me wonder. The love Axel felt for Liam was sweet and overwhelming and it was easy to see how Bryn could lead him to the levels he was able to. Axel hurt most of the time and I don't blame him for acting the way he did.
Thing is, when the end came, I was not a happy camper. Although the story ended happily, there were loose ends left unanswered and worse, a new twist came about that made me question if this was really the end of this story. There is more to this, I am sure of it. Will the author provide?
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Tour Dates: October 28, 2014