Book Title: Cair
Author: Eryn Hawk
Release Date: January 18, 2023
Genres: MM Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
My rating: 4/5 Stars
Twenty-five-year-old Luca Elliot lives in a city divided. The humans and the supernaturals mostly keep to their own kind, but Luca—curious and desperate for work—crosses the border and finds himself employed by a tall, stupidly handsome Fae with killer horns. He should be intimidated, but instead, Luca is utterly captivated. Falling for the boss is a bad idea though, right?
Cair Haryk is only a visitor to the human world and, between his position in the Fae kingdom and a bargain he made years ago, he can never remain. He’s content with that until he meets Luca—his soulmate—and hires him to work in his high-end lounge. Cair tries to guard his heart, but fate has other plans and, despite his best intentions, he falls for the pretty little human. Hard.
Luca can’t enter the Fae realm, and Cair’s time in the mortal lands is drawing to an end, so while the attraction between them is irresistible, their situation is impossible. They can’t be together. It’s tragedy and heartbreak just waiting to happen.
CAIR is a MM paranormal romance with spice, size difference, and soulmates. It features a lovable human trying to find his place in the supernatural world, and a secretive Fae who’s not as detached as he pretends to be. This is the first book in the Veiled City series.
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Cair is a fun paranormal romance that features soulmates, high steam, and tender moments. I’ve enjoyed a lot of paranormal books with the soulmate trope recently, so when I saw Cair, I thought I’d give it a try, and I’m glad I did! This one was a lot of fun and quick to read. It didn’t take me more than couple of sittings to get through it. Cair is one of those books that is compulsively readable, even if you’re not 100% sure why. Regardless, I could not put it down!
Though I’m not usually a fan of insta-love, I thought it was done well here. Cair and Luca feel instant attraction to each other, but even so, they keep each other at a distance and try to resist their feelings. Even though their connection was inevitable, I think it added a nice bit of anticipation leading up to their romance. I also love pining in general, so I can definitely appreciate that decision!
The world building for Cair was interesting. They live in a city split into two halves—one for humans and one for monsters. The story begins with Luca traversing into the monstrous side for the first time, where he meets Cair, his life changing forever. Even though the city is split, there’s still a fae realm in addition, which is where the main conflict stemmed from. I thought that concept was interesting, and it’ll be neat to see the city expanded and developed in future books. This was definitely a great set up for a series!
One of my favorite parts of this book was the characters. Luca is what I describe as a cinnamon roll. He cares a lot for his loved ones and just wants everyone to be happy. Cair is more possessive in his feelings, but he’d do anything to protect Luca. I absolutely loved their dynamic. Luca brought out Cair’s softer side, which made for some sweet moments that had me grinning.
I also enjoyed the friendships! Alex is so sarcastic (and a little scarring for poor Luca), and so much fun. His moments with Teighan are the best, and I truly cannot wait for their book. Additionally, Teighan and Luca were a lot of fun too. Teighan is pretty standoffish and doesn’t allow anyone to get close to him, but mr. sunshine Luca is determined to be friends with him, and despite all his reserves, Teighan finds himself charmed. Because how could you not?
Overall, I really enjoyed Cair! It’s an enjoyable paranormal romance that you’ll fly through until you get to the end. If you like the soulmate trope with some steam, some loving moments, and a bit of snark, you’ll definitely like Cair!
Thank you to Gay Romance Reviews for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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