Book Reviews

Song and Key (Dreamspun Beyond, Men from GLEN 1) by Alix Bekins and Connie Bailey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Agents/Spies / Shifters / Vampires / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-July-2018

Book Blurb

So-called monsters won’t hold these spies back!

For two secret agents on a mission to a secluded Romanian village, the toughest fight they face may not be against the folktale monsters lurking in the foggy mountains and old ruins, but against their unlikely attraction to each other.

Keller Key is the top operative at the covert Global Law Enforcement Network—and boy does he know it. Sexy half-Ukrainian, half-Korean Sevastyan Song is a close second. When the agents go undercover to investigate an old friend’s suspicious death, it soon becomes clear something sinister is afoot in the ancient forest and decrepit abbey. If an evil organization doesn’t spell the end of them, the angry locals might. But if they’re going to conquer their enemies, they need to keep their hands off each other and their minds on the case, in a rivals-to-lovers paranormal mash-up that gives new meaning to spy-on-spy action.

Book Review

International superspies, secretive alphabet organizations, and a mysterious threat from the wilds of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania are at the center of this exciting action adventure. Aggressive wolves and a vampire make their appearance right in the prologue, so there is no question about the type of challenge this is going to be. Although… nothing much is as it seems, so the truth is a variation on the “usual” paranormal lore. Sevastyan Song and Keller Key are two secret agents with diametrically opposing philosophies, personalities, and modi operandi. They are in a bit of a personal competition about who is the better man, and their infighting provided some much-needed levity throughout this intense, suspenseful tale.

GLEN started its life as the Gentlemen’s League for Endangered Nature, founded in 1860 in London, England, which is now officially the Green League for Environmental Nurturing. To the general public, GLEN is an association dedicated to safeguarding the environment, but in reality? GLEN is the Global Law Enforcement Network – and even the name is on a need-to-know basis, never mind what they are actually up to. As clandestine societies go, this one is in charge of pretty much anything from environmental to criminal disasters on an international level. It has amusing similarities with other spy-based crime fighting bodies, down to the people who direct and outfit the agents.

Sevastyan, Seva for short, is half Ukrainian and half-Korean, a stickler for the rules, and has a very amusing habit of mangling idioms in an attempt to mask how clever he is. Keller is a happy-go-lucky guy with no respect for protocol, rank, or authority. Both men are extremely successful operatives, but neither has a clue how the other does it. Forced to work together to figure out what happened to one of their boss’s best friends, Seva and Keller clash more than once. Their determination to solve the case trumps everything, even when extremely strange things begin to happen and some of the locals turn out to be less than trustworthy. But the sexual tension between them cannot be denied, so they have to find a way to deal. Giving in to the passion between them seems unavoidable, but the authors certainly kept them – and me! – waiting for quite some time. Definitely worth the wait!

If you like paranormal suspense combined with humor, if you enjoy a good rivals-to-lovers tale, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read that combines action, international spy novel, and a paranormal adventure, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It made me laugh while I was trying to solve the mystery of what was going on, and I certainly hope there will be more books in this series.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 218 pages/51188 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-January-2018
Price $4.27 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 bundle
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