Deacon Hearst is driving home after a long day at work when something splats against his windshield. Trying to use the wipers to get whatever it is off, a little voice cries out for help. Deacon is certain he’s hallucinating when he finds a fae with a broken wing attached to his wiper blade. In the end, he takes the injured fae home to care for him. Mooneyes is beautiful, if small, and Deacon is attracted to him. Which he knows is utterly ridiculous.
Moon’s magic is tied to his wings, and while one is injured, he can’t show Deacon his secret. The two men have a great deal in common, despite the difference in their species, and Moon is as drawn to Deacon as Deacon is to him. Once Moon heals, he’s able to shift into his human size and they can finally physically act on their growing attraction. But Moon’s shifting brings the attention of his family. Thinking it’s the best for Deacon, Moon spells him and leaves, deciding to make his way in the world on his own.
But unbeknownst to Moon, the enchantment doesn’t work and Deacon does not forget. He’s heartbroken that Moon has left, and starts to wonder if it really was a dream. Meanwhile, Moon finds out that the man he thought was his friend and helping him make it in the world has actually been affected by his powers. When Moon sees Deacon out with another man, Moon heartbrokenly returns home to fulfill his family’s wishes. But Deacon is searching for him, and because their connection is deeper than they originally realized, Moon feels it. Finally, these two men just might have everything they want. But it can’t be that easy, can it?
Let’s start at the beginning because the way the two MCs meet is utterly fantastic and original. I thought it was wonderfully clever and it set the tone for the whole book. Having a fae smack into the windshield lets you know immediately this is a contemporary fantasy. And that helped me make the leap into this story. It also immediately shows us what kind of man Deacon is because even though he can’t really believe what he’s seeing, he still is kindhearted and wonderful enough to take care of the injured fae. Moon is wonderfully naïve and adorable. The way Ankh portrays him is perfect and precious, but really shows the steel underneath. Both of these guys were incredibly well developed and well rounded, and I thought we got to know them both and their motivations. Truth is I adored them both, and loved their relationship from beginning to end.
Where the story fell apart a little bit for me was in the middle section. I didn’t quite understand why Moon left Deacon. They fit together so well and it was clear their connection was strong. So even though there was an attempt at an explanation, it didn’t ring true to me. They spend a great deal of time apart, and for me at least, it seemed unnecessary. I would have liked to see this part tightened up some, and not drawn out so long. Because when these guys come together again, man oh man, yes. That was spectacular.
I also has a little trouble with suddenly being thrust into a different character’s POV. The majority of the book is through Deacon’s or Moon’s eyes, but there were a couple of scenes from Moon’s brother. I can understand why the author chose to do this, but it pulled me out of the story.
But even with those few quibbles, the ending was full of satisfaction and I was pleased with it. The truth is there was a lot I loved about this story, and some things that didn’t sit as well with me. Overall, it was definitely an enjoyable read because what works here really works. If fae are your thing, or if you’re looking for a story that is just a bit different, then I can recommend this story to you.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.