Today, I’m hosting author Lee Colgin’s latest release Changeling, book two in the Outcast Mates series, a m/m paranormal romance. Be sure to read my review. And don’t forget to enter the KingSumo giveaway.
Book Title: Changeling
Series: Outcast Mates, #2
Author: Lee Colgin
Genre: MM Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, found family, grumpy/sunshine, forced proximity
Themes: Finding yourself
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Release Date: February 10, 2022
Length: 65 000 words/ 260 pages
Publisher: Colgin Enterprise
When a fae changeling on the run is forced to hunker down with a grumpy incubus, will enemies become lovers or is an ancient curse too much for them to bear?
Blurb: Dominus—an incubus who runs a brothel called The Twig & Berries—is bored with his life and customers alike.
Sebastian—a changeling faerie swapped at birth for a human infant—is reeling with the knowledge of his true heritage. Unsafe among humans, he travels north to meet others of his kind.
But danger lurks, and when Sebastian is forced to hunker down with Dominus for safe harbor, the tension between them flares hot.
Sebastian is the only person that’s piqued Dominus’s interest in ages, but he’s fae. And Dominus has reason to despise faeries.
Forced together as trespassers infiltrate the territory, will enemies become lovers or will a curse keep them apart forever?
Changeling is an MM Paranormal Fantasy Romance featuring enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity, a steamy love story, lamb on a stick, and surprise visitors from other novels. If you enjoyed Beneath the Opal Arc, this book’s for you.
Note: It is a standalone story and does not end on a cliffhanger.
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A creature strolls into the room so stunning I must blink to be sure he’s real.
Aside from the massive horns and gently swaying tail, he doesn’t look like any demon I’ve ever imagined. He’s gorgeous, with gray-dappled lavender skin, and he’s huge—taller than me even without considering the coiled horns that add another foot to his already astounding height.
His sapphire blue eyes, sparkling with an interest that rivals my own, catch my gaze. Silver brows—the same color as his long braided hair—arch to elegant crescents high on his forehead.
“What treasure has arrived at my door this morning?” A sly smile forms across lush pink lips. His skin is simply otherworldly, shining with an aromatic oil spread from neck to toes.
I inhale the fragrance of a bouquet of fresh spring blossoms plucked to gift a lover.
“Dominus, meet Sebastian, who finds himself in need of safe harbor.” Ivaz makes a sweeping gesture from him to me. “Sebastian, meet Dominus, who’s agreed to take you in.”
I let my gaze wander over the length of him. Practically naked, he wears only a sheer shift of shimmering fabric the color of ripe plums. It’s pulled tight over each hardened nipple, crossing just above his pierced belly button, then draping loosely around his lean waist and bulging thighs. Silver strappy sandals adorn his otherwise bare feet, the toenails painted purple to match the shift. Amethysts dangle from each ear.
Dominus is a glittering jewel of a man—of an incubus, I suppose. His attention brushes over me like a touch, grazing my skin and bristling the little hairs on my neck in its wake. We stare at each other until I remember my manners.
Clearing my throat, I extend my hand. “Thank you for offering me shelter.”
Dominus takes it within his larger one, his grip soft and warm. “My pleasure.” He brings my hand to his lips and presses a kiss to the backs of my fingers.
I’m baffled by the boldness of the gesture, wondering how he knows I prefer men. It’s usually a back-and-forth dance of daring mixed with self-preservation to determine whether another fellow might be like-minded, but Dominus doesn’t hesitate in the slightest.
To my chagrin, heat sears across my cheeks. Surely they’re pink as petals. I’m not often so taken by another person, but Dominus is a magnificent presence. His energy steals all the space in the room, spins it to his will, and returns it much improved upon for having been under his control.
My tongue is thick and heavy in my mouth, but I force it to work before I look like an idiot ogling him. “I’ve never met an incubus before.”
“And I’ve never met such a charming…” He studies me, eyes raking over my lean form.
I open my mouth to answer, my flush deepening under his scrutiny, but he shakes his head.
“No, let me guess. It’s more fun. Wood sprite?”
His guess brings a grin to my face. “There are wood sprites?”
“Ah, so not a wood sprite, then.” He leans in close to me and reaches for my hair. “May I?”
I bite my cheek and give a little nod. He takes a lock of my hair and curls it through his fingers. Then he sniffs.
“Hmm, not a shifter. At least not one I recognize.” His eyes sparkle with a new idea. “A jinn? But are you benevolent or malevolent?”
“I’m not that either. What’s a jinn?”
Dominus purses his lips, still twirling my hair. “Not a jinn. Hmm.”
Ivaz groans before Dominus can answer my question. “Glad to see the two of you hitting it off. Now where do we sleep?”
“Has our new guest worn you out already, old man?” Dominus says to Ivaz.
“Hardly,” Ivaz scoffs. “But I have a letter to write before dawn.”
“This way.” Dominus extends his elbow to me, and I take it. His muscles flex beneath my fingertips.
We head down a narrow hallway with decorated silk drapes hung crisscrossed over the ceiling and pass several doors on each side. Just how big this place, and how many people sleep within these rooms? In the quiet, I hear only the thumping of my heart and our soft steps muted by layers of thick rugs.
We stop by one of the doors. Dominus uses his free hand to push it open. He glances to Ivaz. “Here you are.”
“Thank you.” Ivaz steps over the threshold.
I gasp as Dominus’s tail circles my waist and tugs me closer to his side. It’s not unwelcome, but it’s quite surprising.
“Sorry,” he says, sounding anything but. “It has a mind of its own sometimes.”
I read the first book in the Outcast Mates series and fell in love with the author’s writing, so when a chance came to read and review Changeling, I was all for it.
In the second book in the series, the author doesn’t disappoint. She reintroduces the incubus in the first book, Dominus. Note, you don’t have to read the first book in the series. So far, each book operates as a standalone.
Dominus is cursed to remain in Hungary, so he operates an Inn. He’s a wonderful, generous character who seems to take in a lot of strays. I have to admit I was glad to see Dominus getting his own story, because he is the consummate hero in honour, bravery, and kindness, even though he’s a big man.
Sebastian has unearthed who he really is, and he’s travelling to his destiny when he’s held up at the Inn Dominus runs. With what has happened in Sebastian’s past, he had a great character arc to match Dominus, since Dominus has to overcome his prejudice against faes, who cursed him.
The chemistry between the duo was spot on, along with their friendship. They were more than sexual partners. They were determined to aid one another. I thought the balance of their relationship was the true clincher for this novel. The focus is on the two. There is no great adventure to undertake or enemy to fight. The focus is their growing relationship and if they can overcome the obstacles determined to tear apart their budding romance.
There are wonderful secondary characters added to the mix. I especially enjoyed Leonas, Dominus’ friend. Like the first novel in the series, the setting is vividly painted with gorgeous prose. I really enjoy the words the author chooses and how she words her sentences. It’s so lyrical.
The setting is historical Hungary and I truly felt as if I was there. The dialogue is rich in character.
This is a wonderful series, and the second book did not disappoint. The author is someone I very much recommend, along with Changeling. Do yourself a favour and buy a copy.
Lee Colgin has loved vampires since she read Dracula on a hot, sunny beach at 13 years old. She lives in North Carolina with lots of dogs and her husband. No, he’s not a vampire, but she loves him anyway. Lee likes to workout so she can eat the maximum amount of cookies with her pizza. Ask her how much she can bench press.
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