If you’re looking for a sweet and hot read that’s just right for a quick summer indulgence, Holy Cow by E.M. Lynley is your ticket! This is part of a series, which I didn’t know, but I’ll be checking it out now that I do.
Full disclosure: I got free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
From the blurb:
American med student Duncan Stirling is traveling around India with his two best friends, who have just married. Their last stop is the magical city of Jaisalmer, a fort in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. He feels like a third wheel on their honeymoon, though the three friends had the trip planned for years, to celebrate finishing medical school and have a last adventure before they start their residencies back in the States.
Akash Nandi is an Indian man from a wealthy and well-known family. At least that’s how he appears. He hides the truth that his family is descended from Nandi, Lord Shiva’s bull, and they’ve guarded sacred places for millennia. Being gay and immortal is tough, especially when his family’s expectations make finding the right mate impossible. As his grandmother, the family matriarch, nears death, a struggle for power puts Akash and his new crush, the charming American Duncan, in harm’s way.
EM’s writing is sweet and evocative without getting sappy or over-the-top. I loved her descriptions of India and the characters were lively and very well fleshed out, especially for a novella. I was invested in very quick fashion. The visuals were very rich and easy to picture. There were bits of humor that stood out among the family drama and romance, which was also great to read.
It left me hoping for a (longer) sequel.
Rated R for some very descriptive love scenes.