Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5
Just wow. I was intrigued by the description of this story but I had no idea what to expect. What a fabulous surprise. Erlick Solongo is an unexpected Dominant. He is in communication with the Spirits who guide him into becoming a Mongolian Shaman or buu. But in case you’re thinking this is a paranormal that spends its time in the ethereal spirit realm rather than the earthly plain, you would be mistaken. Erlick is a grounded, brave person who knows himself and what he wants in life. The Spirits who guide him lead him to save the life of Paj Vang, a Hmong student from a hostage situation.Their journey is one of discovery and understanding that brings them both to a deeper relationship together.
It’s funny because I wouldn’t have called this story “romantic” and yet, there is a beauty in the way Erlick claims Paj as his own. The sex in this story is dirty, gritty and smoking hot. The kink is extremely well done and fits with these two characters. This isn’t the sterile club environment for BDSM. Erlick takes Paj everywhere he can have him. Surprisingly, the story is all about the relationship between Erlick and Paj told not only through Erlick’s point of view, but online journal entries by Paj. There are several other couplings, but the emotional connection between Erlick and Paj are the core of the story.
The story has a perfect happy ending and made me cheer for both of them. The author doesn’t back away from the difficulties faced by gay men in many traditional cultures. I was highly impressed by this book and enjoyed reading it. When I had to go to my Evil Day Job in the middle of reading the story and found myself anticipating finishing it when I got home, I knew this one was a keeper.
Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland