Author Name: Remmy Duchene
Publication Date: April 2015
Once a samurai, always a Shiver…
Kofi Olabasu needs a vacation. He’s spent so much time looking out for his brother and working that he’s completely neglected himself. To make matters worse, feelings for a man are driving him crazy. The moment Kofi feels Osaki, he knows something is about to change. Confused about his attraction to Osaki, he agrees to take a vacation and accepts Osaki’s offer of being Kofi’s tour guide in Japan. However, nothing is as it seems. Soon every dark corner is filled with danger and those who wish to do him harm.
Osaki has a lot on his plate and love is the last thing he has time for. Not only does he have to get used to his new powers as a Shiver and all the training it involves, but he also finds himself being drawn to a human—though Kofi makes it clear he’s into women—and Osaki must respect the man’s wishes. All Osaki really has to do is focus on training and being the best tour guide possible for Kofi. But nothing ever goes as planned and soon rogue Shivers are popping out of the woodwork, hell-bent on destroying Osaki for his inheritance. It soon becomes quite clear that they want him dead, and they’re not afraid to use Kofi as leverage—or as collateral damage.
Duchene’s prose is lyrical and evocative, a treat for the senses and this is a wonderfully unusual series. In Duchene’s world, gods, goddesses and other mythological beings wage war in the heavens while finding time to enjoy the 21st century human world.
In the second book, Osaki is a medieval Samurai soldier turned Shiver. He is helping Circo and Koi protect the world from their rogue Shiver brothers, all of whom resent Osaki’s new powers. Kofi, Circo’s brother-in-law, is a human real estate agent Osaki has been charged with protecting.
I absolutely love the way the author has made ancient mythology fresh. The author manages to make the classical characters both relevant and historically accurate. I also love the mix of mythologies – of course a brave Samurai would be granted entry to Olympus!
The main characters are both fabulous. But while there are fantastic descriptions of the Japanese warrior, there are very few descriptions of Kofi. And I really loved him! There are possibly too many characters here for a reader to keep track of, especially when trying to remember the family ties between all the god and demi gods.
This is not a stand alone novel. For a story with such a complex premise, very little information is offered to readers at the start of the book. I found myself lost. I had to put the story down and read Circo, the first book in the series, before I began to understand the story. Unfortunately, even after reading the first book, I still had unanswered questions that kept me searching through my Kindle, sure I’d missed some important facts.
The action and romance in this story are perfectly balanced. Kofi’s confusion over his sexual identity is incredibly moving and the relationship with his brother is very sweet. Kofi’s insecurities are met with Osaki’s gentlemanly reserve, making for an excruciatingly drawn-out courtship. I loved every single scene between the two men.
While the action scenes were exciting and the whole story very suspenseful, there were times where I found it difficult to understand who their enemy was and why they were fighting.
Overall, this is both a tender love story and an exciting adventure.
Remmy Duchene is a Canadian-hockey-watching-baseball-playing kind of guy. He loves walking in the rain and bugging his friends about his latest story ideas. Remmy believes that true love comes in all shapes, sizes, and sexualities. He is always saying “I’d rather see two gay people in love get married than two straight people that hate each other.”