Born the useless fourth son of the Lord of Glimmerveen, Wryler dreams of getting married and escaping the rustic confines of his father’s castle. A wealthy merchant’s son seems to hold the key to Wryler’s safe if somewhat dreary future. However, the arrival of a mysterious stranger on the eve of Wryler’s betrothal sends his plans into disarray and Wryler finds himself traded off in marriage to one of the most notorious rogues in the land.
Is Lord Aeric Rouchet the scoundrel he appears to be, or is he something much worse? Separated from his family and thrust into a strange and dangerous new life at the foreboding Gryffon Hall, Wryler must unravel the secret of his husband’s shadowed life and defeat the curse which threatens not only his growing affection for the barbarian in his bed, but the lives of everyone the Lord of Gryffon Hall is sworn to protect.
Mystical, magical tale that was missing the mystical and magical parts, at least to me they were.
Pretty straight forward, fourth son, is married off to set up trading routes through a forest where trolls and other bad creatures live. Or so it seems on the surface.
But the groom has a secret and isn’t ready to share.
Wryler just wants out of his father’s home, he’s not sure that going to Gryffon Hall was the right choice but now that he is there he’ll make the best of it. Problem is he has doubts. And Aeric, he’s new husband is not helping.
So on the surface, this is a cute tale. One guy grew up pretty insecure, met a creature that fed into that. A hub doesn’t help by keeping secrets. Cute but no depth, then we think we get some by possibly learning about magic, family but we never do.
Wryler and Aeric have sexual chemistry but the story itself was lacking. Dramatic end but rushed.
Many stories that used fairytales as their beginning point tend to fail miserably for me – this one did the exact opposite. Remember Beauty and the Beast? Toss it out the window and read this much better version. (in my point of view)
Wryler is the fourth son of a nobleman. So nobody thinks he’s worth anything and he spends his days with his nose in books trying to figure out alchemical recipes, etc. He hopes to be married to Lennox, the first son of a merchant in the city. That will get him away from his father’s house where he will have more chances to crowd his brain with information. Besides, he and Lennox have been fooling around for years. On the night he expects his betrothal to be announced, he is instead betrothed to Aeric Rouchet, a mysterious, sexy, and scary man from far away.
I’m not going to give away some of the most interesting parts of this story. But Duran has mixed fairytale with romance with humor and added a little ‘rumple’ just to throw us off. (I loved that part.) Actually I loved all of it. But my favorite character – if I have to pick one – is Wryler’s servant. Amster is a character that in reality would not have been borne. He’s useless. He’s also a huge amount of comic relief. As is the librarian at Rouchet’s castle. A librarian who doesn’t like to read and whose shelving system is as far from the Dewy Decimal System as you can get.
So if you enjoy M/M romance with fantasy and a touch of fairy tale, run to your eRetailer and get a copy of Gryffon Hall. This is a book I will reread and reread and reread. It will be a go-to when I want to read something light and fun and sexy.
5 stars. Brava!