Friday, May 17, 2013

Siren Call by Jana Downs

Gods Behaving Badly 1
By: Jana Downs 
Genre: M/M, Fantasy
Word Count: 46,694
Published By: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.

Reviewed by: Redz

Heat Level: 2 Flames

In a world where gods and men live and work side by side, Rorik, son of Loki, is a man without equal. A very successful trader, he sails the globe with his crew seeking profit and adventure. However, this time he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Capturing a male siren might’ve seemed fun at first but having him may prove dangerous to Rorik keeping his heart.
Terren never expected to find freedom in the arms of a barbarian. Promised to a man he’s never met, he yearns for escape. When Rorik comes ashore, he thinks perhaps his luck has turned for the better. A life with the barbarian promises adventure and freedom within the year if he serves on Rorik’s crew. However, other gods will go to any lengths to get him back where he belongs. Can they find the strength to forge their own destiny or will the pressure separate them before they have a chance?

Combining the best of Greek and Norse mythology, author Jana Downs has started a really beautiful new series with Gods Behaving Badly. The first book, Siren Call is the story of Terren, a rare male siren. Unique and a bit of an oddity, he yearns to be more and step outside of the confines of being a siren.  He wants adventure and love, but every siren has a calling—to be lovers to the gods.
Terren, though, wants to choose his own destiny, not one someone else has mapped out for him. And he doesn’t want to be part of a harem, but his fate is sealed, or is it?  Enter Rorick, a demi-god and son of Norse god of mischief, Loki.
Once Rorik sets sights on the captivating siren, he feels the pull of Terren’s song and beauty, leading him to capture the young man at his father’s urgings. Only, he doesn’t count on the fact the Greek gods are not going to give up their children so easily. 
There are many things I really liked about this book. One is the mythology. I loved how Ms. Downs takes two very opposite worlds, the refined Greek and the ruffian Norse, and weaves them into one believable story. 
The world-building and detailed descriptions is superbly done, allowing the reader to really sink into this story. The connection between all of the characters, not just the main couple, is both fun and sexy. I often found myself chuckling at the gods’ antics. They fight, they prank, they seduce, and they turn out to be more human than most humans are. 
I found Loki particularly amusing and hope to see more of him in future books. I think he needs someone just as mischievous and with a heart just as loving.  There are a few twists and turns in this book, and I didn’t see the ending twist coming at all.
There are a couple of intriguing subplots as well. While entertaining and interesting, I felt they sometimes overshadowed the main story. Still, that didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of this wonderfully well-written tale.
If you’re looking for a story with a richly detailed world and scorching-hot romance, Siren Call is the book to pick up. 


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