Cold Iron (Cold Iron #1)
by D.L. McDermott
published by Pocket Star
genre: Adult, Fae, PNR
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Summary (Goodreads): The Fae, the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Aes Sídhe, creatures of preternatural beauty and seduction. Archaeologist Beth Carter doesn’t believe in them. She’s always credited her extraordinary ability to identify ancient Celtic sites to hard work and intuition—until she discovers a tomb filled with ancient treasure but missing a body. Her ex-husband, the scholar who stifled her career to advance his own, is unconcerned. Corpses don’t fetch much on the antiquities market. Gold does. Beth knows from past experience that if she isn’t vigilant, Frank will make off with the hoard.
So when a man—tall, broad shouldered, and impossibly handsome—turns up in her bedroom claiming to be the tomb’s inhabitant, one of mythic god-kings of old Ireland, Beth believes it is a ploy cooked up by her ex-husband to scare her away from the excavation.
But Conn is all too real. Ancient, alien, irresistible, the Fae are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, their attentions so addictive their abandoned human lovers wither and die. And this one has fixed his supernatural desire on Beth.
My Thoughts: I had a hard time rating this one. I really liked the modern day setting mixed with old world superstitions.
The problem came with Conn. When we first are introduced to him you really get the feeling that he is fae. Once he meets Beth everything that makes him fae disappears and he is just a lovesick guy. I still liked their story but it felt too quick and he lost some of himself.
Beth is a broken character that is starting to find her way as well as finding out who she really is. She embraces her heritage even though it could ruin her relationship with Conn and put a target on her back from the rest of his kind.
The rest of the characters really made this story and helped it keep it's fantasy feel. You got a definite Fae feel whenever Miach or The Prince were involved. Miach felt the most real. While he has some sensibilities from living among humans for so long, he still falls back on his basic Fae characteristics when the need calls for it.
Overall, I liked the world the author created I just wish Conn had stayed more true to his character during the process of falling for Beth. Miach was my favorite character and I'm looking forward to the next story in this series since he is one of the main characters.