From his magnificent tawny wings to his wicked feathery tail, Miriliel the Burnished is masculine perfection.
One glance and Fledge knows she's outclassed. After all, she's a small, ordinary circus girl with no education, no looks and no prospects. Mirry's not only a warrior of the Aetherii but also a scholar of renown. Mesmerized by the power of his personality and her desire to be mastered, Fledge gives herself up for lost. But she can't help thinking if only she had wings, she'd soar with Mirry in a Mating Flight for the ages. If only…
Mirry has lots of things on his oh-so-clever mind. An ageless demon captured his friend, Janarnavriel the Noir, and it's using the dark warrior's beautiful body for a perverted playground. All Mirry has to do is rescue his friend, finish his encyclopedia and educate Fledge. By the time he's finished, she'll know how to read, write and submit for her pleasure — and his. In between, he needs to kill a deathless demon, sort out his complicated feelings for Jan and show Fledge the secret of an Aetherii orgasm.
Not to worry. He's made a list…
Fledge is a story witch traveling with a fair and it's an inhospitable not to mention dangerous place to live. When out one day selecting fresh meat, she comes across the corpse of the most beautiful male she has ever seen, but he is most definitely not human! This dead man has wings and a tail and Fledge quickly realises he is not quite as dead as she first thought. Fledge is determined to help him but knows those in charge of the show she travels with would keep and exploit such an unusual male, so attempts to hide him until he can safely travel. What Fledge is totally unprepared for though are the wanton thoughts that arise in her and hiding her lust from the ever curious Mirry is no easy task especially when he seems determined to pursue her!
Miriliel the Burnished awakens to find himself left for dead by those who attacked him and his dearest friend Janarnavriel the Noir. Believing that Jan is dead he is determined to locate his body and find out just why they were ambushed, but the alluring Fledge is stealing her way into both his bed and his heart. He wants nothing more than to help her escape her lonely life but Fledge is a stubborn one and determined not to take advantage. Mirry finds a way for them to be together and starts hunting down his attackers, but what he finds is not what he expected at all. Jan is not dead and is in fact held prisoner and his captor has now turned their attention to Fledge! Will Mirry find his friend only to lose his new lover or can love prevail?
I loved this story, and as I read it I imagined a world that was a cross between Grimm’s fairy tales and Neil Gaimon's Stardust. It's such a wonderful world Ms Rossetti has created and although it is magical I really liked that it's the characters that take centre stage. Mirry and Fledge are both such stubborn characters and it's lovely to watch their relationship bloom as their mutual trust grows. Yes this is erotica but at heart it's a love story with a really interesting plot twist and these two characters are so sweet together, but it's Fledge and her personal growth that really stood out. She is a heroine who has been abused in the past and yet willingly opens her heart to Mirry even though she believes his interest in her to be temporary.
Now no review would be complete without mentioning Jan and as previously mentioned this was the area I thought would most likely disappoint me. Mirry is first and foremost completely heterosexual unlike his friend who is open to explore other options but Jan truly loves Mirry. There is no doubt in my mind that these two belong together but convincing Mirry of that is no easy task! Enter a very passionate Jan and more importantly a woman capable of binding a loving relationship together. There may be a submissive side to Fledge's nature but she does not lack courage and quite literally helps those guys take a leap of faith!
So in conclusion, two hot angel type guys with prehensile tails (oh my!) and a brave heroine with such a kind heart. Amazing world building that is painted vividly with words. This was a very good story and completely surprised me as I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy a fantasy ménage but I'm so pleased I gave it a go. I will still prefer the usual hero and heroine type romance but I think with Ms Rossetti writing it I would try another MMF type book.
I recommend to anyone who loves a good story and is open minded.