- Book Title: Ansleigh’s Grotto
- Author: J.T. Cheyanne
- Publisher: Laz & Lachi Publications (January 28, 2015)
- Book Length: 179 pages
- Genre: Gay, Magic, Adventure, Fantasy
- Reviewed by: Petra and Warren
- Posting Date: March 10, 2015
What would you do if your grandfather, who you haven’t seen in years, leaves you a mansion in his will? That is the question Dylan faces in Ansleigh’s Grotto. Not a bad start to a story…
Dylan feels a strong pull towards the old mansion and the grounds in which it stands and he accepts the stipulation that the mansion will only be his if he lives the next year in the mansion; he leaves for his new home straight after the reading of the will.
Besides a whole host of creatures, there are Fae, Elves, Dwarves and Sprites; all creatures from the stories I grew up with and love dearly. Dylan is unaware of all of them, has no knowledge of the magick around him. Even when he awakes after nearly plummeting to his death, he does not remember the two Sprites that saved him. And there is plenty of action in this story. From the start, JT manages to create a story that keeps on flowing rapidly. I was ready to fall in love with this story. Why wouldn’t I? It is the kind of story I always fall in love with.
The love between the two main characters is obvious from the beginning. But neither they nor their love for each other ever really comes to life, for me. JT uses all the words available to her to describe the surroundings, the creatures, feelings and emotions and yet… The story never really comes to its full potential. I can imagine everything but I can’t see it…
That is, until the last chapter… I don’t want to give anything away because it is a nice story, but the final chapter managed to wring a tear or two from me. Perhaps that is the problem for me, the fact that it is a nice story; nothing more, nothing less.
Ok, right from the beginning let me say I am a huge lover of all forms of fantasy. Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Sword of Shannara, any and all fantasy! And if we were still giving out stars, this book would get the highest number allowed.
What a wonderful book. It is such a great, fun read. It’s fast paced, imaginative, and the characters are loveable mysteries.
Ansleigh’s Grotto by J.T. Chayenne is the story of Dylan Matthews, a video game designer whose life is about to take a turn that no unsuspecting human would ever even dream of. It all starts when Dylan inherits his rich grandfather’s home, lands, and everything except small stipends for the rest of the family. He had been real close to his grandfather, but when he and his father had a huge falling out, he left the manor and hadn’t been back, so Dylan was as surprised as anyone else when the lawyer told him of his inheritance. There was one catch that went with the will; he had to spend a year on the estate, Ashleigh’s Grotto, living in the manor home. He is not a prisoner, he may come and go, but his main living place must be the manor.
Dylan accepts the terms of the will, and moves into the manor. And this is where the fun of the book really starts. Nothing is as it seems, from the staff to the land itself.
Magical things start happening, unexplained terrors, and unexpected characters.
Dylan slowly starts realizing that his past and the present are directly connected, and that he has been here before, and remembers that something wonderful had started here. But why can’t he remember these things?
Enter Ansleigh, the man who lives in a section of the property known as the Grotto, from where the name of the estate originates. Ansleigh has been on the property for many years. He is alone, and wishes he would finally meet the man he has waited so long to appear. He and Dylan have met before. Their lives are intertwined in such a way that the estate and their lives are interlaced.
And poor Dylan! What is real and what is fantasy? Such strange occurrences keep happening around him, and he thinks he is finally cracking up. But as the story progresses, Dylan learns to accept his heritage and his place in the world that is Ansleigh’s Grotto.
I so enjoyed this book. It is so different than most that I have read. It falls into the m/m fantasy category so well. The descriptions are so colorful and well described that you can see the land, feel the magic and the horrors as you read. You grow to love the different characters, and you are continually surprised at the twists and turns of this wonderful book.
The Book Description:
Dylan Matthews lives in a world of fantasy. As a video game designer, there are no limits on how far or wide his imagination could stretch. He loves his work and excels at bringing the visions in his head to a game console. The luck of his Irish heritage seems to touch him when his prototype Zombie ApoXalypse is bought days after he inherits a mansion in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. Life is indeed magical.
Ansleigh has waited centuries for one man, only to find him and then lose him due to his own inability to trust in their burgeoning love. The magick of Mother Earth flows within him and through him allowing him to nourish the Grotto where he makes his home. Yet, he yearns for the male that nurtures his soul. When the whims of Fate bring his Cosantoir back into his life, does he have the courage to accept his heritage?
As the fantasies in his head become reality and the monsters of nightmares crawl through the forest, can Dylan forgive broken promises to protect the Croi? There is no pause button when the Fae and human worlds collide. Will Dylan have what it takes to master the maze and win Ansleigh’s freedom?
Moonlight streamed through the leaf canopy. Silence met his ears. No animal noises skittered through the underbrush, even the leaves seemed frozen as if in anticipation. Was someone out there? He spun on his heel slowly. Something about this place tugged at him. There was something he was missing, but what?
“Hello?” He called, feeling foolish. When no answer came back, he rolled his eyes, shrugged at his own silliness and turned back in the direction of the house.
“Are you looking for someone in particular?” The low melodious voice stopped him in his tracks. Discreetly, Dylan pinched himself and the sharp sting confirmed he was definitely awake and someone had just spoken to him in the middle of the forest. Slowly, he twisted back around. The eyes from the earlier fleeting memory captured him. The ache in his chest intensified as they stared at each other.
His memory had been dead on about the eyes. They were so blue they seemed to glow in the moonlight. Laugh lines bracketed them and slim eyebrows arched perfectly above them. Cheekbones any male model would appreciate gave way to lean cheeks. His face was longish with a squared, firm jaw. Full lips curved into a half smile. Reddish brown dark hair fell past his shoulders and brushed the top of his ass.
The bare chest gave Dylan pause; beautifully sculpted muscle and lots of bare tan skin. Broad shoulders topped smooth and well defined pecs, a perfect six pack and the most magnificent oblique vee he’d seen in a long time. Bare feet peeked from beneath loose fitting cotton pants. Dylan’s body stirred. The man’s head tilted to the side just a fraction, but enough to pull Dylan’s gaze back up. He’d guess six-four or six-five. The man had asked a question. Dylan’s brain slowly kicked into gear.
“Uh, no. Just taking a walk. I thought someone…” was watching me. He didn’t finish the sentence aloud. “Are you lost? The National Park is in the other direction.” The intense gaze didn’t falter, but Dylan swore a pained look crossed the other man’s face.
“How have you been, Dylan? It’s been a long time.” While the voice seemed to sink inside of his skin and soothe, the use of his name set off all kinds of alarms.
“I’ve been…how do you know my name? Have we met before?” Dylan took a step back. Of course they’d met. He remembered the guy’s eyes, the hair. “Do you work up at the house?” He’d been there for two days; albeit, stuck in his room most all of that time. Maybe he’d passed the room where Dylan was working. “You seem familiar.”
#1 Best Selling Author of Grand Slam, J.T. Cheyanne is a genre crosser who writes romance and paranormal in the m/m and m/f genres. J.T. Cheyanne resides in the beautiful state of Alabama. J.T. lives with her two sons and daughter. An avid reader since fourth grade, she has only just started writing her own stories. She also has several works published with her co-author, V.L. Moon.
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