VOLUNTEERED TO THE FUTURE
The Secret Art of Failure Book 1
November 12, 2013
LGBT; Paranormal: Shifters
Rating: 5 Cups
Kourt Crowe is a shape-shifter and servitor assassin who just wants to fight the good fight and bring back the way things used to be in The Fellowship. He lost his human husband over a century before.
Kato â€œVanniâ€ Giovanni is fully human. He has just been evicted from his last college because of broken vows. Vanni assumes that this cause of the broken vows is on his side, that he must have done something to cause the break. When he cannot get into any college with the help of some friends he is able to convince Court to take him on as a student.
Kourt while not renegade is not exactly what one would call someone who follows all the rules. Unlike many of his fellows he sticks only to the original Charter of The Fellowship when it comes to the different disciplines and how he lives his life. He can see within a short time of meeting Vanni that Vanni is very bright but does not get it at all. So, rather than letting Vanni hang onto all those bits and pieces of different disciplines he has learned over the years, he starts him out with the original Charter. It is not long before Vanni begins to realize that he feels as Kourt does about the Charter that it is the way to properly learn what he needs to know to keep from becoming a renegade. But it is not just the Charter that fascinates Vanni, it is Kourt himself. Vanni challenges Kourt on every level, including an intimate one. Can Kourt help Vanni understand himself and his relationship with the universe, as well as what happened with his broken vows with his former master? Can Vanni convince Kourt that he wants an intimate relationship and that he will be in that relationship for the long haul if Kourt chooses to listen?
This story was not at all what I thought it was going to be from the blurb, but I must say I was more than pleasantly surprised. While it was a little difficult initially to follow the story line, once I got about a quarter of the way into the book, it was much easier to follow. Personally I would have classified this story as science fiction, as well as paranormal since it takes place in space and on space ships and other planets. The fact is I LOVED this book! All I can say is Wow! The story itself is just so imaginative and interesting that I could not put it down. I read for hours at a time and only stopped long enough to work. I was reading it whether I was eating, or sitting on the bus. Anytime I could read it, I did so. The world building is simply beyond phenomenal, the love scenes are extraordinary, sensual, sexual and just plain beautiful. Obviously written to show the emotion behind them rather than to titillate although they did that too, they just held my attention and at times caused me to tear up. It has been a long time since I read a book this fantastic, and if I could give it a higher score than five cups you can bet that I would!
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More