Reserved, bookish Ben isn’t looking for a relationship. Then he meets Niall, a gorgeous stranger with a knack for avoiding direct questions, and tumbles headfirst into love. Niall is perfect in just about every way, right up until he leaves town for a short trip…and vanishes off the face of the earth.
A magical being trapped in his own realm, Niall has to fight to come back to this world for the chance to be with Ben. But by the time he gets back, more than a year has passed, and Ben refuses to believe Niall’s story of Fae and magic.
With only a month to woo Ben back and earn a chance at staying here permanently, Niall is willing to try anything to be with the man he loves. Then Niall’s world spills over into ours and puts Ben’s life in danger, forcing them work together to save Ben before their stolen time comes to an end.
There are things I both liked and disliked about A Year and a Day.
First, the dislikes.
The first half of the book was them building their relationship before Niall went back home and I never could quite figure out why Niall fell for Ben. It all seemed very physically focused and he was focused on getting Ben into bed. Where was the emotional reason for him to fall? And Ben falling for Niall? It felt like he was pushed into it. Like Niall gave him no other choice.
The sex scenes were repetitive with too many banal uses of “baby” for my taste. Each scene sounded like the one before.
The end reason for Ben to not (can’t tell you that – it would ruin the story for you) just felt blah. Like there was a big buildup only to have all the air let out of the balloon with a whimper. It felt like the rug got pulled out from under me.
Now that the dislikes are out of the way, let me tell you why I would recommend this book, even at only 3 stars.
After Niall came back to convince Ben to fall back in love with him again, there was so much to it. The weaving in of superstition and mysticism was fantastic. I’ve never heard of the Wild Hunt before, but I’ll have to research it now. I enjoyed the relationship Niall and Ben built after he came back. It felt more real than the one before it.
Since neither character seemed to grow in the story, 3 stars.