Flesh to Flesh by Tawny Taylor

Savage Garden

Changeling Press

Gay Fantasy & Magic

ISBN:  978-1-60521-006-3

Reviewed by Cassie



After making a terrible mistake that causes a woman her life, Dr. Noble Cavanaugh is cursed.  For all but three days each year, he is a statue in the garden of the mage Kyros, fully aware of life but unable to experience it.  He spends those three days with his lover, Sayer, but this year a terrible secret may destroy what little they still have together.

Flesh to Flesh is a difficult book to evaluate.  In the short prologue, Noble is a selfish, amoral jerk who only cares about himself.  Fortunately, his curse seems to have changed him, although the story progresses too quickly to show the transformation occurring.  Sayer is the kind of guy anyone would be lucky to have—faithful, loving, and willing to sacrifice for love.  Flesh to Flesh is a highly emotional story.  Noble and Sayer feel everything from love, lust, and joy to deep sorrow, and it was impossible for me not to feel the emotions right along with them.  The helplessness and frustration of the situation they’re in are telegraphed very well, especially after Sayer reveals his terrible news.  Luckily for sappy, crybaby types like myself, there is a happy ending to Noble and Sayer’s tale.  The ending was a bit of a deus ex machina (in that it was very impractical), but after the dark emotion of the rest of the story, I was inclined to let it slide.  Overall, Tawny Taylor penned an engaging beginning to a new series, and I’m looking forward to reading the next installment.


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