Title: Rise: A Gay Fairy Tale
Author: Keira Andrews & Leta Blake
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: March 8, 2015
Page Count: 106 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
What happens when Jack meets a sexy man atop that beanstalk?
Rumors of treasure have long sent fortune hunters clambering up a magic beanstalk to a mysterious castle in the clouds. Survivors told of an evil giant who guards the gold and glittering jewels with savage strength. No sane man would dare risk the climb—but Jack has nothing left to lose. Shunned for his evil red hair and abandoned by his cruel lover, he’s desperate to escape his life.
Rion isn’t a giant, only a man bearing the burden of protecting his family’s legacy. It’s a lonely existence, but he’s duty bound. Then Jack appears, and Rion’s world is turned upside down. After a blazing confrontation, undeniable lust sparks. Isolated in the clouds, Jack and Rion give in to their desire and growing connection. But do they have the courage to let go of the past and follow their dreams?
Soon they must protect the treasure—and each other—from a new threat. And they have everything to lose.
This is a retold fairy tale with a twist. Previously published as Ascending Hearts; this version has been revised and expanded.
I gotta admit I was skeptical about this one. I seldom read fantasy, but this book had two things in it’s favor: a GINGER(!) and the authors. Having read previous books of theirs and loving them- I decided to give it a go. I’m glad I took a chance because this was such a clever take on Jack and the Bean Stalk. This novella had it all.
*Heartbreak. It was definitely more emotional than I was expecting- right from the beginning.
*Hot sex- dirty too!
*Romance. The relationship development between the two men was very sweet and well written.
My only complaint (for purely selfish reasons) is that I wish it had been longer. Definitely recommend this one- don’t be put off by the fact that’s it’s based on a fairy tale cause you’ll be missing out. 4 Stars!