Book Review: Faelon by A.J. Kelton

faelon front coverTitle: Faelon
Author: A.J. Kelton
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon (Print), Amazon (Kindle), B&N (Print), B&N (eBook), MLR Press
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Who knew that loving a Nephilim could be so dangerous.

Faelon, a 3000-year-old nephilim, fleeing a demonic master, found safety with the church. He has repaid their kindness by translating various artifacts. Father Donovan has watched as Faelon became a recluse, fearing those who would harm him.

Jax, wanting a change, moves to Salem, MA where he finds work as a churches security guard. Not believing that Faelon is a nephilim, he is forced to confront his own beliefs in the supernatural.

Can he learn to accept Faelon, and be the master he requires? Or lose the man he loves to the demons who would harm him.

I’ll start by saying up front that I really liked the background story and mythology in this book. Faelon, the main character, is a Nephilim. He’s an immortal, and has been alive for over three thousand years. He’s been used as a pleasure slave for centuries, passed on from master to master whenever they got bored of him. However, a demon kidnapped him, tortured and abused him, and he’s been traumatized by the events ever since. Fleeing to earth seemed like the only option left. He found solace in a small church in Salem, where he hides from the demon still out to get him. His job consists of translating ancient artifacts.

Jax has recently moved to Salem, trying to escape his past, and yearning for a change. He finds a job as a security guard for the local church, which has a lot of ancient artifacts that require safe-keeping. He quickly meets with the resident artifact translator, Faelon, and the two have an instant connection.

Faelon, who’s become a recluse from spending centuries in hiding, wants to open up to this enigmatic stranger. But he’s wary of the demon resurfacing, and afraid that Jax won’t believe his story of supernatural creatures. And like that’s not bad enough, Faelon also has to tell Jax that he’s interested in BDSM. Jax is a fledgling Dom, and even though he’s not scared to try out a few things, the world of BDSM is completely new to him, as is the world of the supernatural. If he wants to be with Faelon and give him what he needs, then he’ll has to get used to both worlds…

Faelon was an intriguing character. Usually when I read about thousand-year-old angels, they tend to act like snappy teenagers or childish adults, especially when taken into account how long they’ve been alive. It’s like they didn’t learn anything during those thousand-plus years. Faelon isn’t like that. He’s seen and learned a lot of things, and it shows, especially when compared to Jax. I liked Faelon most of both main characters, particularly because of his intriguing history that shaped him into he is today. I liked Jax as well though. Jax is less complex – at least, on first sight – but he’s also adventurous, intelligent and sometimes, downright hilarious. Faelon and Jax’s interactions range from sexy and intimate to flirtatious to hilarious.

The attraction between both MC’s is instant, but their relationship takes a while to develop, which added some bonus points for me (I absolutely hate insta-love). The characters were entertaining enough, and the back story was pleasant as well. My only pet peeve was the villain. He’s not portrayed as a three-dimensional character, and his role in the book is rather brief. Apart from that, I really liked this book though. The paranormal aspect was great, the pacing was all right, and the writing style was decent as well. A good choice for people who enjoy M/M romance and/or paranormal romance.

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