Beyond the Rift
by Alana Ankh

Series: Elemental Lovers #1
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Fantasy, MM
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Lisa

Young Lord Behnivyr ‘Ivy’ Erethe, a Pure-Blood Andari is thrilled to finally reach manhood.  The downside is that he can no longer put off the arranged nuptials his parents planned for him with Marquis Torildy, a pompous, obnoxious lord.


In an act of defiance Ivy sneaks out of the mansion and attends a festival in the nearby town.  Everyone wears a mask which covers the face so no one will know who he is.  Ivy bumps into a Nikari who intrigues and charms the impressionable youth.  Little does Ivy know that he is spending the evening with His Imperial Majesty, the Morai Kristelien ‘Kris’ Fezenda.  The Emperor is there because he’s secretly investigating Ivy’s parents for subversion and conspiracy against the Emperor.


Kris is instantly smitten.  The multitude of men and women thrown at him over the years never made Kris feel the way he does around Ivy in only a few short hours. Though Kris promises they will be together again Ivy figures the Nikari is gently letting him down.  Ivy doesn’t know that a Nikari can scent his mate.


Facing his parents the following day Ivy figures when life becomes difficult he can draw on memories of his stolen evening to help him in the coming years.  The marriage plans are put on hold however when a summons arrives from the Emperor to attend a gathering in the capitol and, Ivy is expected to attend.  Ivy and his family are about to receive the surprise of a lifetime.


Savor this delightfully romantic carnal read.  A delicious treat from start to finish, Beyond the Rift is a lusty, imaginative tale.  Once readers grasp this world and its inhabitants there’s no going back from falling for Ivy and Kris.  It is especially easy to fall for the little Andari, charming, sassy and innocent Ivy is one of a kind.  Kris is everything a Morai should be and, manfully atones for the mistakes he makes along the way.  The first book in the Elemental Lovers series, Beyond the Rift is satisfying through and through. Book two can’t come soon enough.


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