Book Title: Fight For This
Author: Suki Fleet
Publisher: Suki Fleet
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Release Date: January 31, 2020
Genre/s: M/M Paranormal Romance (fairies)
Trope/s: Friends to lovers
Themes: Admitting feelings, in denial, saving the world (sort of)
Heat Rating: 3 – 4 flames
Length: 60 000 words
Buy Links – Available on Kindle Unlimited
A fairy who can’t control his glamour, and the growly Guardian who adores him, must stop the Veil that protects all fairy-kind from being detected in the human world from being destroyed.
Grey and Si have been dancing around one another for months.
Grey’s helpless attraction to fairies (and one fairy in particular) is a source of endless frustration—but as his energy can damage a fairy’s glamour, he can’t let himself get close.
Si is different to other fairies and he’s wearing down Grey’s defences. When Si discovers the Veil is thinning around the school where they both work—putting the students and teachers there at risk from detection—he needs Grey’s help to fix it.
Problem is, Si isn’t a true fairy, he’s just a magical mistake. For as long as he can remember all his glamour has done is messed up and broken stuff. Though Grey maybe older and wiser about a lot of things in the human world, he’s pretty clueless about all things magical. He doesn’t even know the Veil exists until Si knocks himself unconscious trying to save Grey’s reputation after a night out.
But it’s funny how mistakes work out. Even funnier how trusting one another can help even the most impossible events turn out all right.
Barely supressing a shiver, Si let the full rush of his glamour flood through him. Nothing else felt like this, the giddy flare of it as exhilarating as diving off a high rocky outcrop into a breathtakingly cold sea. Admittedly, he was probably a little addicted to the rush—magic in all its forms was notorious addictive. But more than that, for a brief second, Si was connected to everything—plugged into exactly the right place—powerful enough to affect change in the world, and unlike every other second in his life, he felt like he knew just what to do.
This was the good bit, the bit that convinced him that this time it wouldn’t go so horribly wrong.
Opening his eyes, he scrunched his toes against the soft threadbare strands of carpet and steadied himself.
Grey’s presence hummed comfortingly near. When fairies were in love, they could share their glamour, heal one another with it, share energy and connect with each another in a way that sounded so similar to the mating Grey longed for that Si wondered if it wasn’t the same thing. And the sex when you were connected was supposed to be fucking mind-blowing.
Si shook the thoughts from his head. He needed to focus.
Across the room, Greene’s eyes began to widen comically. Probably he could feel the ripple of Si’s magic as it charged the air around him, but Si didn’t care; there was nothing in his contract that said what he could or couldn’t do. And unless Greene transported him from the room somehow, there was nothing he could do to stop him either.
The urge to dramatically clap his hands together was strong. But good magic didn’t announce itself, as Levi, his mentor, used to say.
Si took a deep breath, then murmured as softly and as clearly as possible, “Let the truth be known.”
For an instant, the air shimmered, filled with the scent of dying leaves, oranges, freshly brewed black tea.
The world seemed to expand. Details became richer.
The truth was known. Si was certain of it, even if the details of how it was known eluded him.
A giddy, joyous feeling that whatever he’d done had worked danced in his chest, a feeling so at odds with the shocked expressions of everyone in the room. But it didn’t matter how they were staring at him. It had worked. He had worked. His glamour wasn’t some cosmic joke for other fairies to laugh at. It was useful. He was useful.
So why was all the air being sucked from his lungs? Why was the happy feeling disintegrating? Why was the world beginning to blur? But before he could come up with any answers that made sense, Grey’s carpet tilted towards him with the unexpected speed of a rollercoaster, and all the warm light suddenly drained from the room.
About the Author
Suki Fleet is an award-winning author, a prolific Reader (though less prolific than they’d like), and a lover of angst, romance and unexpected love stories.They write lyrical stories about memorable characters and believe everyone should have a chance at a happy ending.
Their first novel This is Not a Love Story won Best Gay Debut in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, and was a finalist in the 2015 Lambda Awards. Their novel Foxes won Best Gay Young Adult in the 2016 Rainbow Awards.
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Just the facts: Magical world, bit of a mystery, M/M relationship
A new take on the magical wrapped up in a sweet connection between two people who aren’t like everyone else.- Kinzie Things
My thoughts bit:
This is a great new taken on the world of magical beings. As soon as I saw a new book by Suki Fleet, I knew I was going to want to read it. I wasn’t disappointed!
Si and Grey both work at the same school. Si is part fairy and can’t control his glamour. He’s convinced he’s lucky to even be allowed at the school because if people knew what he really was…they wouldn’t want him around.
Grey, on the other hand, is a Guardian. He spends a lot of time with Si and can’t seem to get over the fact that he’s inexplicably drawn to him. Fairies are always attractive, but Si… Si just brings out the protectiveness in Grey.
One night, Si and Grey are out for drinks and Grey gets entangled with a young man who has had far too much to drink. While they are wrestling Jaime to the car, a rebuked admirer of Si’s showed up and Grey’s instinct had him getting a little too aggressive with him. When they finally return to school, the police are already there. Grey’s in trouble and Si does the only thing he can think of… he draws on his glamour to insist that the truth be known. He gives away his memory and ensures Grey’s safety.
This is the point at which things get particularly interesting. As Si allows his magic to prove Grey’s innocence, he’s so drained that he collapses. His life-source is drained to the point at which he’s barely alive. It’s a physical and emotional connection with Grey that finally draws him out of it. This connection between the two characters is fascinating. It’s not like a usual mate-bond in some books, it’s a truly intimate, emotional connection that balances both men. The closer they become, the more difficult it is for them to be apart.
The veil around them… the way in which magic folk is protected is beginning to fail. Si and Grey are a part of the way to mend the veil but in order to do that, they both have to learn a lot about themselves. They will have to learn how their lives fit together, how they can be together and move forward.
This is a moving novel, sweet and emotional. The characters are very well written and I really enjoyed the switching perspective. It’s not a long novel, but I’m glad to see that it’s part of a potential series. Fleet did a great job of subtly setting up some of the other characters for plot lines! I cant’ wait to see what will play out!
I received an ARC of Fight For This by Suki Fleet via Gay Book Promotions in exchange for an unbiased review.