Earthly Desires by Leta Blake and Keira AndrewsSeries: Tempting Tales
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: GLBT, Paranormal
Length: 92 pages
Cursed as an infant with a lack of physical and emotional gravity, Prince Efrosin can’t keep his feet on the ground or his head out of the clouds. Laughing his way through life, he’s never been weighed down by love and lust.
Then one fateful day, his tenuous tie to the earth is severed and he blows away on the wind. He’s rescued by Dmitri, a handsome young woodsman who suffers from a mysterious curse of his own, and the two strangers are irresistibly drawn together. Experiencing sex and love for the first time, they dive into a delightfully sensual and passionate affair.
But the evil witch who cursed them is planning her ultimate revenge. Efrosin and Dmitri must fight to find their fairy tale ending and live happily ever after.
You know you’re in land of magic and strange happenings from the very first sentence of Keira Andrews and Leta Blake’s Earthly Desires.
Once upon a time, there was a kingdom at the edge of what was and what could never be. At the center of this kingdom was a castle, and within this castle was a king. Inside this king was a terribly selfish heart.
The king actually has very little to do with the rest of the story—we’re far more concerned with his son, Prince Efrosin, whose lack of gravity and gravitas has him unacquainted with walking on the ground or with deeper emotions. Growing up unable to feel more than amusement or a sort of gleeful terror, he’s missing out on most of the human experience. He has to remind himself that other people react differently than he does, a lesson drummed into him over and over by his faithful servant Geoffry.
Ever in danger of floating away, Prince Efrosin does sail away on a puff of wind when he turns eighteen, and fetches up in a tree on Dmitri’s land. The complete opposite of Efrosin, Dmitri has been weighted down by too much responsibility and is astonished by this hot young man who laughs at everything. They become lovers, and become a bit more like each other. Efrosin could never become a good king without empathy, and until he has a reason to stop laughing, he’ll never learn it.
There are sweet moments, hot moments, terrifying moments, and a highly satisfying ending for the young men. The explanation for why each of them was cursed is a bit muddled, taking elements from a good half dozen stories and combining them into an evil excess, but gives the pair something to triumph over.
The story is sweet and cute, but not entirely focused; even steady Dmitri can’t seem to care about time when the lives of children are at stake. Still, evil threatens and good must try to vanquish it, even at great cost, and even the curses of the wicked might be averted if one’s heart is pure.
This was a charming light read, and if you’re in a fairy tale + hot sex mood, Earthly Desires might be exactly what you’re looking for. 3.5 marbles