Title: Forever Moore: A Gay Fairy Tale (Forbidden Love #2)
Author: Riley Hart, Christina Lee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 23th 2019
Page Count: 288
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
With his raven hair and snow-white skin, Lord Ansil Eirwin draws unwanted attention wherever he goes. After his father’s untimely death, Ansil is set to become Duke of Ravenswood on his next birthday. The gallant and timid lord would never dream of shirking responsibility, so he subverts his desires in order to please his mother and new stepfather, Reginald.
Orien Moore, known as the Huntsman, lives on the fringes and has forsaken close bonds with anyone, even the misfits he has taken in. When Orien is called upon by his brother, Reginald, to kill the pampered future duke, it is the perfect opportunity to seek revenge against his power-hungry brother. Orien formulates a plan to use Reginald’s vicious request to his advantage by kidnapping Ansil and holding him hostage until he can fulfill his birthright.
Soon Orien realizes that Ansil is nothing like he’d expected. Kind and joyful, Ansil enchants Orien and his ragtag group. And Ansil, in turn, cannot help but be curious about the gruff huntsman as Orien’s vulnerabilities are exposed. Their mutual interest transforms into affection, followed by overwhelming desire. But they are living on borrowed time.
With Reginald seeking power in Ravenswood, they have no way of knowing what will transpire once Orien returns Ansil to his proper place in society. The only certainty is that the odds are stacked against them. Will the young lord and his huntsman ever have the chance to experience the happily ever after they’ve found in each other’s arms?
How does a reviewer classify the genre of Forever Moore, a very entertaining and satisfying story? The setting’s time period is totally indeterminate, though populated with dukes, minor royalty, men with swords on horseback – likely a fictionally medieval time. The plot line is almost a morality story – a sort of fairy tale, but without the usual dwarfs, dragons, giants, gnomes, goblins, griffins, trolls, unicorns, or witches. All that is typical to this fairy tale is the presence of fairies – and they are, to begin, just works in progress.
Orien, our mature and hyper-masculine hero, has only had a few prior physical relations with women, and those occurred only with a needed boost of extra mental efforts, and never to his genuine sexual satisfaction. Ansil, not quite twenty-one, while having had past sexual feelings for men, is still a virgin. There is an immediate mutual attraction between them, and that’s a problem: that undefined historic period still bears the usual societal anti-gay prejudices, which are alive and widespread.
Their feelings continue to grow slowly, spotted with many doubts, and are beautifully limned by the authors. It may take some time reading before they arrive at more explicit higher plateaus of physicality, but that is so genuine to the flow of the plot. They grow to love each other in body and, beautifully, also in soul.
The plot is excitingly full of gothic twists and crises – perhaps a few too many as the book draws to its HEA conclusion. How many dramatic denouements are necessary (or even bearable)?
The best of the novel’s soul is its acknowledgment of the timeless truth: “Loving someone comes from a pure place, and is never wrong.”
Forbidden Love series