Title: A Guitarist in the Fae Queen’s Court (Fae Interventions 1)
Author: Amber Kell
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Link: Amazon Genre: urban fantasy
Length: (110 pages)
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Larissa
Review Summary: An entertaining, light read not to be taken too seriously.
When JB auditions for a gig, a remorseless queen traps him in the Fae kingdom. Raine avoids Fae court intrigue, but when JB goes missing, Raine gives up his freedom to save the man he loves.
Jimmy Bo Jackson auditions for a gig but ends up stuck in the Fae kingdom unable to return to his man.
Prince Raine avoids the stifling environment of the Fae court, but when JB is trapped, he’ll jump into the intrigue and backstabbing, and willingly give up everything to save the man he loves.
A Guitarist in the Fae Queen’s Court is a new addition among this author’s many series. It’s not a bad book, it’s also not a book that will make you sit up and gasp out loud or have you sitting on the edge of the couch. It’s a fairly typical Amber Kell book. One I enjoyed reading, but didn’t surprise me.
The story focuses at large on JB who is a struggling musician and a recovering alcoholic. He’s in a long-term relationship with Raine, who – unbeknownst to JB – is a member of the Fae Court. Raine is not just any member either, he’s the queen’s son and next in line for the throne. Something not all of the Fae Court is, predictably, pleased with. Raine isn’t either, since he leaves court to live among the humans.
He is forced back when JB attends the audition that will change their lives. And it’s not the audition that will land him on the cover of Rolling Stone.
Unknowingly, JB auditions for the Fae court. They are so pleased with his performance that he is taken to the Fae realm, something that is only explained when he is already there and of course he can’t leave.
JB’s protest is silent. He prefers to try to escape quietly (hey, I would have thrown a temper tantrum and started kicking people, but that’s just me). Luckily for him, Raine soon figures out where he went and comes to the rescue.
This is in part where the real trouble starts, because once Raine is back, he’s sucked into the old games.
As said, this is a typical Amber Kell story. It’s quick and in a way rushed with very little attention to detail. Nothing is really explained or expanded. The story is more or less thrown out there with the predictable misunderstandings and twists and turns in the plot. You will already know from the start that there will be a Big Misunderstanding, that there will be hurt/comfort, mates and a happy ending.
There is no real characterization apart from the roles JB, Raine and the support cast will play. Raine is the dominant, protective and slightly controlling lover. JB is the struggling artist who cares deeply for his lover and his dominant ways. The Queen is the predictably bitchy mother and so on.
None of this makes the story bad. It’s like going to McDonald’s and getting a Happy Meal. Even though you can choose the different parts, it’s still typical McDonald’s food.
What bothered me most about the story was the manner in which the erotic scenes are described. Yes we all know basic sex is still the same, but in the case of this author (and a few others) the sex scenes are basically recycled. The same use of words, be it by the characters or in a descriptive manner, same execution. Dammit, always those three fingers. One, two, three…STRETCH! It is almost the same as a random erotic scene from one of the other books by this author. There is a lack of imagination there that makes reading it stale.
To conclude, A Guitarist in the Fae Queen’s Court is a nice, but simple light read that will leave no surprises as to what will happen, but is entertaining nonetheless.