3.5 Star Review for Beyond the Rift (Elemental Lovers #1) by Alana Ankh #MM #Fantasy @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Beyond the Rift (Elemental Lovers #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Alana Ankh (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 27, 2014 – 260 pgs


Across the centuries, the Nikari, a race of vicious elemental mages, have built an empire, bringing an entire continent to its knees. The course of history seems set… until one innocent Andari mage changes everything and claims a greater prize—the heart of the Nikari emperor.

Behnivyr ‘Ivy’ Erethe knows his duty is to wed another Andari Pure-Blood. Craving one moment of freedom before his loveless bonding, he escapes his father’s suffocating protection and goes to a masquerade ball, only to unexpectedly meet a mysterious Nikari named Kris. Kris makes Ivy ache with a need he barely dares to acknowledge. One kiss, one dance—and Ivy’s life changes forever. Unbeknownst to Ivy, Kris is actually Kristelien Fezenda, the Nikari emperor. Forced to make a difficult choice, Ivy picks love over duty and becomes Kris’s concubine.

Poorly prepared for the whirlwind of emotion Ivy summons inside him, Kris now faces the hardest battle of his life. In a ruthless world where all weakness is exploited, where allies become enemies in the blink of an eye, where love can mean death, he will have to defeat more than his own personal demons to breach the rift between him and Ivy.

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Ok, the back story was kind of confusing to me in the beginning, but I went with it. Plus there’s a glossary for terms in the book to help guide you.
This story is about Ivy, who is being forced to marry someone he doesn’t want, but he’ll do his duty anyway. One night, as a last Hurrah, he goes off to play in a festival that he’s been forbidden to attend. There he meets Kris, a warrior he shouldn’t be around but is drawn to. They share a moment and promise to meet each other again, one way or another.
Kris of course is the emperor and gets what he wants. I liked the story well enough. I even liked Kris and Ivy’s interactions. I’m not so sure about the story line though. Kris was too blind for my taste. He jumped into too much conclusions, which drove distance between him and Ivy. I know there’s gotta be drama now and then, but it left me feeling like Ivy could have done better.
In the end, it was an okay read and would read book 2.


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ALANA ANKH is a hopeless romantic. Once upon a time—no, not in the Stone Ages, but when Alana was a nosy teenager—she lived and breathed mainstream romance, but after she discovered m/m…. Well, her fate was sealed.

Regardless of the genre, Alana thinks love can be painful, heartbreaking, but also fun, corny, and a little silly. Love is different for everyone and anyone—and in her books, she tries to celebrate that.

Alana also loves sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal. But even if her boys have scales, fur, claws, fangs—or whatever else occurs to her—they’re really very nice people. Most of the time. Well…. Most of them are nice, but all of them deserve love and a HEA.

When Alana isn’t feeding her addiction to happily-ever-afters and hot men, she’s randomly slaying monsters in MMORPGs or thinking up the next idea to share with readers.

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