By Nicola Cameron
Ex-Marine Zach Mayhew is willing to do anything for his dying grandmother. When she asks him to find a fairy ring in the forest and beg that she be allowed to spend her last days in Faerie, he obliges her (even though he thinks it’s nuts). But when a gorgeous Sidhe noble steps out of the ring and asks for a night in his bed in return, Zach learns that history has a way of repeating itself, and a boon asked by moonlight can have unexpected consequences for his heart.
Overall Enjoyment: 3
The book opens with ex-Marine Zach in the woods searching for a fairy ring because his dying grandmother once had a fling with a Faerie noble before she married Zach’s grandfather. She wants to spend her last lays in the fairy world and wants Zach to negotiate this “boon.” The reader learns about this in a sort of “telling” flashback while Zach wanders the woods, though I wish it would have been revealed via live action.
After Zach finds the ring, the story starts to get interesting. Jerrek, a snarky, arrogant Faerie noble, is the Faerie who answers Zach’s call. But when Zach asks for his grandmother’s boon, he doesn’t have anything to trade. So, in true romance style fashion, they barter a deal—if Zach and Jerrek spend the night together, then Jerrek will take granny back to fairy land.
There is some playful banter between the two heroes while Zach makes sure Jerrek isn’t going to trick him with a hidden fairy clause, and Zach makes topping a part of the bargain, an idea Jerrek doesn’t mind, though it’s been a long time. Also, an interesting detail is revealed about Zach’s history which led me to believe there could be a sequel in the works. If there isn’t, there should be, because the story really has a lot of world building potential.
The sex definitely lives up to its Level 3 heat rating, and it is well done and steamy. But the sex scene did one of this reviewer’s pet peeves—tying off a condom.
“After they stumbled off to the bathroom for a brief but adequate cleanup, Zach flushed the tied-off condom and its wrapper (he had a horrified thought of Gram getting up to use the bathroom and seeing the bright red square in the waste bin).”
Zach has a cute relationship with his dying grandmother, and I liked Jerrek’s witty barbs. I would have enjoyed having Jerek’s POV, too, in order to find out what happened in ol’ fairy land after he spirits granny away atop his horse that he can talk to. That made me giggle. J
I won’t ruin the little twist at the end which gives these two guys their HFN, but I will say I was pleased that the author didn’t resort to insta-love. The heroes only have one night of sex, but the chemistry is real, and it ends with a tidy but charming happy for now.
“A Boon at Midnight” is the first book I have read by Nicola Cameron and the first ‘Romance On The Go’ short story from Evernight Publishing. I would definitely read a sequel.
Review by Kitty Kat— 3 out of 5 stars