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Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Holy Cow!
AUTHOR: E.M. Lynley
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 55 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2016
American med student Duncan Stirling is traveling around India with his two best friends, who have just married. Their last stop is the magical city of Jaisalmer, a fort in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. He feels like a third wheel on their honeymoon, though the three friends had the trip planned for years, to celebrate finishing medical school and have a last adventure before they start their residencies back in the States.
Akash Nandi is an Indian man from a wealthy and well-known family. At least that’s how he appears. He hides the truth that his family is descended from Nandi, Lord Shiva’s bull, and they’ve guarded sacred places for millennia. Being gay and immortal is tough, especially when his family’s expectations make finding the right mate impossible. As his grandmother, the family matriarch, nears death, a struggle for power puts Akash and his new crush, the charming American Duncan, in harm’s way.
What originally drew me to this story was the setting; I’ve never read anything that takes place in India before and I was intrigued. I will have to admit that the setting and descriptions were the best part of the story for me; everything just seemed so vibrant and at times it felt as though I were walking the streets along with Duncan. The story itself was okay but it just didn’t draw me in like I was hoping it would. While both Duncan and Akash felt a draw towards the other, I would’ve liked to have seen that explored at more depth…it just felt as though it wasn’t touched on enough.
I did really enjoy the shifter aspect of the story and how the Matriarch had so much power over the rest of her family as I’ve never seen something like that in a shifter story before. Like I said before though, the story itself was just okay. I did enjoy it but I found myself putting it down a lot to go do something else before coming back and reading a few more pages. The ending was good and leaves me with a nice resolution but I think I would’ve found more impact with it if the confrontation hadn’t been resolved so quickly. I’m glad I read this for the unique setting alone and did like the story but the end but it isn’t something I’ll be rushing off to read again anytime soon.