Title: Dark Warrior
Author: Lily Harlem
Publisher: Total –E-Bound Publishing
Genre: MM, GAY CONTEMPORARY
Publisher’s BlurbWhile some passions live on the surface, others—wilder, darker passions—have to be kept buried deep.
Dr. Leo Rotherham is following his calling by working in rural Kenya for the charity Medics On Hand. While he expected a primitive way of life and limited medical supplies, what he doesn’t bargain on is falling for handsome village warrior, Malik.
Malik is well respected, knowledgeable and loyal to his tribe. He’s also beautiful, brave, modern and, much to Leo’s dismay, married—isn’t he?
No, it turns out Malik is as free as the animals that roam the African plains at night.
Soon the tension is building between the two men and Leo isn’t sure if he’s coming or going. Whenever he’s around Malik he can’t help but notice the reflected look of lust in his eyes and feel the longing sizzling between them.
Malik stands too close, not close enough. Forbidden attraction simmers between them and the need grows to dizzying heights. But dare they admit to each other what it is they want? And are they brave enough to act on their desires and be honest about their lust? One thing is for sure, a passion this big, this powerful, can’t be contained and it’s all going to explode in the most spectacular of ways.
Dark Warrior by Lily Harlem is a sweet read. I liked the characters of Leo the doctor who goes to Africa to help people in need, and Malik the teacher/ nurse of his tribe. They are as different as night and day but they are both very strong men in their own rights.
Malik has done everything he can to make his tribe a better place. He has schooled children, got an education became a nurse. But he denies himself the one thing he wants, that is a relationship. He is gay and he knows his people would not accept that.
Leo is a doctor from London. He is doing volunteer work, after a big break up with a long time lover. Leo is openly gay at home. He has never had to hide who he is. But if he wants Malik he will learn to go slow and let Malik set the pace.
There is a lot I learned reading this book, about the people and the relationships they have. I really felt like the author did her home work, she made me feel a part of the village and invested in them and their lives too.
I really liked the pace of this book, not too fast not too slow. It starts out as friends that turn to be lovers, the best relationships in my opinion start that way. When you want a sweet romance this is the one to pick up.
Five Shooting Stars