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Title: Remain by Alex Jones
Series: Knights of Amaranth #1
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
Published March 9th 2014 by Skald & Raven Books (2nd Edition)
Length: 288 pages
Rating: 4 Stars
Jace is an artist whose personal life took a back seat two years ago after he parted ways with an alcoholic ex-boyfriend. He has settled comfortably into his new life alone. He works mornings at the local coffee shop and evenings at an art gallery. His life is quiet, but that’s alright with Jace.
Until he meets Morgan. The man is intense, passionate and earnest to a fault. Jace falls head over heels, but it quickly becomes clear that Morgan is more than he seems. As Jace finds himself thrown into a world of monstrous creatures and arcane beings, he’s confronted with Morgan’s real nature – a knight of the fey, sworn in service to a Seelie Queen. It’s a world Morgan never meant him to know.
Jace’s arrival in the fey realm turns the heads of many. When the price of their tryst becomes a fight for their lives, Jace and Morgan face questions of love, loyalty and what humanity truly means. Each must decide where he stands before fate makes the decision for them.
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Morgan, a traveling fae knight, chases an imp to Jace's world. The attraction between them is instant but they are ultimately from different worlds and must return to each their own. Jace accidentally follows Morgan to the fae realm and got tricked by the evil fae queen. Jace must keep himself alive in the queen's garden of wild beasts while Morgan finds a way to return him to his world.
I love how drawing becomes a theme that is so important throughout the book. The idea is introduced when Jace shows Morgan how to draw and color on paper the day they met. The scene is intimate and prefaces the theme. Later on, drawing becomes something Jace can do in the fae realm to help his friends escape the queen.
Jace seems meek when he blindly follows orders from the fae around him, including the queen. He's weak physically since he cannot battle and weak mentally when he stops believing in Morgan. However, he's willing to do what is right and help those that helped him, at the cost of his own safety. He's coping with a bad situation and many people would be able to connect with him.
Jace's romance with Morgan is forbidden and Morgan wars with his heart and his head about that love. Morgan is bound by honor to his queen and his sister. There is some angst from him when he cannot give up his bonds to be with Jace even though he desires him. He is also a good character that readers will sympathize with.
This is a fantasy romance novel with many wild beast fights, magic, and the fae. The story line is on the bland side and the idea isn't new, so it might get tiresome towards the end. The world building is detailed and intricate, especially concerning how the fae realm exists in relation to the human/moral realm and the intermingling of its creatures. I would recommend this story to those that love a good world building and forbidden romance.