Thick as Thieves by Tali Spencer
After Vorgell the barbarian fucks himself with a unicorn horn, he ends up in a cell with Maddog, a pretty young thief. It’s lust at first sight for Vorgell—but honestly, he can’t help it. Unicorn horn is a potent aphrodisiac, and now he can’t stop thinking about sex. Luckily, Madd is one male witch who knows how to put Vorgell’s new magical body to good use when he tricks Vorgell into a kiss that helps them escape.
Vorgell may desire sex in general—and Madd in particular—but Madd has no intention of being screwed by a man twice his size. He has problems of his own, including an enchanted collar that causes him to desire his most hated enemy. He wants that collar off as soon as possible, but that requires stealing a basilisk egg from the castle they just escaped.
Drawn together by lust and magic, the two men join forces and soon find themselves up to their necks in witches, wizards, and trouble. Vorgell and Madd might just be perfect for each other, but first they have to survive long enough to find out.
So this story had so much potential for either a comedy of a read and a serious fantasy read. The author seems to have tried to balance the two. Vorgell is a barbarian who is mostly brawn. He is smart though it is mostly in battle stratagem and when he doesn’t want a fight he wants sex. When he kills a unicorn and eats magically berries he ends up screwing himself with a unicorn horn!!! This results in the horn dissolving completely into him and filling him with magic. He is capture by the baron of the land and thrown into a cell with Madd who is the baron’s love slave. Madd is not pleased, of course Madd is not usually a happy camper. Madd uses Vorgell’s blood to aid both of them in escaping. The two then form a partnership that sees the two very different men into lots of interesting predicaments.
The writing is good. The author does a good job in world building. The characters are a fun and varied cast. The descriptions are vivid and easily draw a reader into the world. I think the biggest thing with this book is the fact that the book could have gone one of two ways but did neither. As funny as the blurb sounded I was expecting a humorous read maybe with a more porn than plot storyline. The book wasn’t that though. There is a solid storyline to the book. It is a very enjoyable one as well. There was underneath all the silliness a solid story. I enjoyed the humor of the read but I think if the author had gone the other way that this would have been a WONDERFUL read and may have earned a top rating. As it is written there is a little too much derailing of the story to make this a top read. It is still a very enjoyable read though. I would even recommend it.
I loved Vorgell’s simpleness. To him everything was easily boiled down, protect what is yours. He was all for fighting and sex. When he falls for Madd everything for him is complete. He has someone who understands him and gives him what he needs and so Madd becomes his center. Madd isn’t as simple. Madd is a bit of a harder sell. I wish he would have thawed a little more. I like to really see affection in my couples but there is a little crack in Madd and for his character that is near enough to Vorgell’s devotion. The two men complement each other well. There isn’t much that they actually don’t manage well when together. The author did a good job in making me want Vorgell to get Madd in the end.
The ending is a bit incomplete and leaves room to have a sequel or leave the story as it stands. It is a nice read. I think if you are looking for a good read that isn’t very serious or angsty this is a good choice.
Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014, in Book Review, Fantasy, Four Roses, M/M Romance, Novella: 100-150 pages, TJ and tagged Dreamspinner Press, Four Roses, M/M Romance, Novel, Tali Spencer. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.