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05/25/2008 Archived Entry: "e-Book review: Taming the Mountain Mist"

Taming the Mountain Mist
Written by K.C. Warwick
Published by Torquere Press

Review by Jilly Gee

As the new commander for a Roman garrison, British-born Justin has a lot of adjusting to do. It is fortunate then, that he should meet the handsome shape-shifter, Falan, to help him with getting acquainted with the area. As the village healer and leader of the wolves that the villagers seem to revere, he and Justin are able to meet on several official occasions and many unofficial ones as well. This being an erotic romance, the unofficial meetings consist of much more than casual conversation and sharing meals.

The "much more" is written in such a way that it is obvious it is sexual activity, yet interspersed creatively with military metaphor. The words, "Get ready to mount an assault, Commander," made my heart race, for quite a different reason than they would have in any other story involving a small army. Fear not that the language is too subtle to be of any enjoyment, though. Alongside the situation-appropriate military references, muscles still tighten, liquids still spill over, body parts still get oiled, and limbs are contantly in motion.

"Taming the Mountain Mist" is not just all about the sex. The characters are given difficulat situations to deal with that bring their emotions out in poignant ways. After all, a story about a soldier in love with a healer is an angst-fest waiting to happen, and for every sweet moment that occurred in the beginning of their romance, there is a gut-wrenching one waiting to spring out later, starting with Justin's commanding officer's request to hunt wolves.

While Justin's thoughts and feelings are made plain to readers, the only way to judge Falan's are by his actions and words, and yet those actions and words were so skillfully conveyed that I felt I could also read his pain and joy as plain as I could Justin's. The healer's tight lips and rigid body as Justin prepared for war said just as much as the description of Justin longing to embrace him.

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