Book Reviews

Eeli (The Brotherhood of Ormarr 3) by Steph Marie and Bobbie Rayne

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Alternate Reality / Magic / Mythological Creatures / New Adult / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-June-2019

Book Blurb

Eeli~


I’ve been training my entire life for this; I need to be the best, the best fighter, the best dragon rider in the entire brotherhood. This is what I was born for. The only problem is that my bonded dragon, Bodhi, and I can’t seem to get it together. One minute I think we’re connecting properly, and the next she’s taking off, leading me to the one guy I don’t want to know: Slash. He’s basically the opposite of me in every way, and I don’t get why he’s suddenly everywhere I turn, but I can’t deny how he makes me feel when he looks at me.  

 

Slash~


Three years ago my sister and I had to come to a new town and started new schools without our parents’ unconditional love and support. My uncle’s an uncaring drunk, so I’m doing the best I can to keep us both clothed and fed with only an after school job. If I didn’t have her to live for, the loneliness would be excruciating. Now, with only a few months until graduation, I’ve suddenly made a friend because of my sister, and another guy keeps stumbling into me who I think needs help: Eeli. I don’t understand why no one else sees how oddly he’s behaving, but I can’t deny my attraction for him is growing with every mishap.

 

Book Review

The ‘Brotherhood of Ormarr’ series is turning out to not just star interesting characters and an alternative reality with a few special tweaks, it also has an ever-building series arc that is suspenseful, surprising, and shows off the creativity of its authors. In this third volume, the focus is on Eeli, the youngest of the Ormarr brothers and his surprising mate, a young man named Slash whom Eeli goes to high school with. All four Ormarr brothers are still trying to find the traitor in their own ranks, fighting the wraiths and their evil riders, and the power struggle between the various factions intensifies.

Eeli is barely eighteen, has only recently fully bonded with his dragon, and tries to balance the training he needs to do as a dragon warrior with the many demands of high school. He is a good student, but not very observant where social and emotional connections are concerned – which is not all that unusual for his age. The thing he is worried about is the lack of connection to his dragon – it has always been less than optimal (she never listened to him), but he was hoping it would get better as soon as they bonded. His dragon seems to have other ideas…

Slash has a tough life but refuses to let anyone see his struggle. He and his younger sister lost their parents three years ago and have to live with their only relative, an uncle who is a selfish drunk. Slash works as many hours as he can so he can buy food that his uncle refuses to provide, and all he has to look forward to after high school is more work and protecting his sister so she can finish school as well. He is the goth boy par excellence, extremely lonely, and despises people like EeIi who are just about perfect – or think they are.

Needless to say, these two young men rub each other the wrong way. Communication is not their strength, and with all the issues they have to deal with, I can’t really blame them for struggling more than a little. They are awkward and adorably confused about their attraction, the angst pours from every page, and the fact that they have really adult problems to deal with makes them grow up a little faster than they probably would have otherwise. Their budding relationship and love story are a great mix of naïve and adorable, and I loved every minute of it.

If you like stories that feature young (initially somewhat reluctant) love, if teenage angst and dealing with growing up are your thing, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful read about very young fated mates dealing with life in an alternate reality, then you will probably like this novel.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 261 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-June-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Eeli-Brotherhood-Ormarr-Book-3-ebook/dp/B07RVFGFTR