Love Rising

Love Rising

by Piper Vaughn

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Love Rising by Piper Vaughn

An Isla Sagrario Story

In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.

When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148956914
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Series: Isla Sagrario Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,173,770
File size: 535 KB

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Love Rising 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
villagechick More than 1 year ago
A free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Piper Vaughn’s Love Rising is first and foremost a fairy tale. I enjoyed it despite brief forays into melodrama. I loved the premise of the setting, an island in the 1720’s, which served as a gay commune of sorts. Unfortunately, the setting isn’t explored that much other than to show that even in this safe haven the hero, Francis is still lonely and isolated. He maybe forgiven then for falling desperately in love with a gorgeous merman he rescues. Sidenote: the cover for this story is lovely. The descriptions are lyrical and it’s really a lovely read. Though if Piper Vaughn hadn’t set up Francis’s isolation, the pining for Wick would not have worked as well as it did. However, it left me wanting more, I would have liked to see more of the relationship after the fairy tale ending. It works as a fairy tale though. I’d give it 3.5 stars, rounding up to four. I hope that the author explores more of Francis and Wick’s relationship and the island in a future story.
SCarr1 More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. What an unexpected delight from Piper Vaughn.  Love Rising is a sweet story about Francis and Wick.  It takes place in the 1700s on the island of Sagrario.  Sagrario is a safe haven for those who do not fit into “normal” society.  Nobody is persecuted for loving members of the same sex.  Francis fled to this island after living a harsh life.  Though the island allows to be free to love whoever he wants, Frances is lonely.  Most people on the island are part of an established couple and those who are not are strictly one night stands.  Frances wants more in life than a one night stand. One stormy night he finds a man washed ashore.  To his surprise it is not a man but a merman, named Wick.  He takes Wick  home to care for him until he is well.  Francis has a strong attraction and protective instincts towards Wick almost instantly.  Once Wick is well, Francis returns him to his home in the ocean, but Francis is devastated.  Wick consumes his thoughts constantly until one night while wading through the ocean waters he is pulled under.   There he is reunited with Wick. The story goes on with these two meeting secretly every night.  Francis is quickly losing his heart to Wick, but fears the inevitability of their situation.   I really wished this story was longer.  It was very short, but well written.  It could have been easily turned into a full novel.  The world was fascinating and Francis and Wick were beautiful characters.  It ended on a very happy note, but it was abrupt.  Yes there is a HEA, but not a true ending in my opinion.  Once you get to the happy moment, there was nothing more.   For fans of Piper Vaughn, you won’t be disappointed.  
Penumbra1 More than 1 year ago
Love Rising was given to me by the author through the M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Buy My Love book review program for an honest review. This story is told through the eyes of Francis Holland a young man on the Isle of Sagrario. Love Rising is a fairy tale of the growing relationship between a man and the merman he rescues and nurses from an injury.  It takes place on the island of Sagrario. Sagrario is an island where men can love men without repercussion. Where thieves live and women can safely walk the streets. I realize the story is a fairy tale, but the idea of thieves living on the island and women being safe to walk about untouched, is far-fetched to me and that image always lingered in my mind while reading the story. I’m guessing there were probably other criminals on the island also, so I find it difficult to believe the women would be safe. Francis is a very lonely man on the island of Sagrario. He finds a merman; he calls Wick, washed ashore. After Francis cares for Wick he takes him back to the ocean but finds he misses him desperately. Wick returns during a storm after a few weeks and they begin a relationship. The interesting thing is that Francis could almost hear Wick call for him to go down to the beach to find him during the storm. They spend their time together until the next storm arrives, and Wick is very, very anxious about leaving Francis.  Here’s my theory about the story. Since this is a fairytale, I think that someone like Neptune allowed Wick to visit with Francis with a timetable. The timetable was from the first storm to the second storm. If Francis fell in love with Wick during that time, then Wick could get his wish and return as a man. That’s why Wick was so anxious about leaving Francis. Francis had yet to tell him he loved him, but he did at the last minute and then Wick told him he had to ‘go change.’ I think Francis was so distraught about Wick leaving him, he had no idea what change meant. And Wick couldn’t explain more. So Wick is gone for at least three weeks. In the meantime Francis wastes away and is waiting for death. Poor Francis! I would have loved for this story to have been longer, but poor Francis! The author did a great job of conveying his loneliness and how broken he felt that I don’t think I could have read more of his suffering. Love Rising is a wonderful short fairytale. The only problem I had with it were the thieves, and women able to walk about without problems, it sat in the back of my mind the whole time. Other than that, I really like this story. It’s a very fast, enjoyable read. I give it  5 stars.
VivAndrews More than 1 year ago
First off, I received my copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review via the "Don't Buy My Love" event hosted by the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads. A lone man with a past that left deep scars on his mind and his body gets a fresh start on an island where he isn't in danger for being gay. He still seems to just drift through his existence, watching as the other islanders find relationships with one another, until one day he is asked to see to some flotsam that washes ashore. Francis rescues the merman mixed up in the flotsam whom he comes to affectionately call Wick. Francis's past was a little dark, though it didn't affect his daily life save for certain triggers. Wick's side of the story is mostly a mystery, but the way he is presented by Piper Vaughn is nothing short of delightful. From the speech barrier to the shift in his emotions, the author does a wonderful job of bringing these two together. Francis goes to great lengths to keep Wick a secret from the rest of the islanders, going so far as to ask someone to fill in for him at work so he can "attend urgent matters" *cough* stay home and ogle the merman in his tub all day *cough* After returning Wick to the sea, Francis becomes rather depressed. He works himself to exhaustion trying to drive away the feeling of loneliness he is left with. A twist here, a turn there, and voila. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Normally I either don't connect with short stories, or if I do they leave me unsatisfied and wanting more. I must say that while this was not a lengthy read, I was certainly satisfied by it. I want more, yes; but I want more precisely because it was so satisfying. I'm hoping by the way it is listed on GR that it is slated to be part of a series centered on Isla Segrario. My favorite part of this book was the first actual sexual encounter between Francis and Wick. I certainly applaud Piper Vaughn for not shying away from the details and turning out a steamy encounter. I don't have a least favorite part of this book, though I admit that some parts in the beginning were a little confusing to me. There is nothing I feel that this book lacks. (I would love to see a sequel from Wick's POV someday though ;) )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.25 stars. Francis comes to the island of Sagrario after fleeing a cruel master he was indentured to. Sagrario is a rare place were men can find comfort in each other without fear. Despite his harsh past, Francis hopes for more than the occasional one night stand but newcomers to Sagrario are rare and most of the men there are in relationships. One day while sorting through debris on the beach he finds a merman unconscious. Stunned and immediately protective, Francis takes the man home glad he seems to be able to breathe air as well as in water. They are only together a day and can only communicate in the most basic of ways but Francis feels connected to this half man/half fish in ways he's never felt about anyone else. He takes the man, Wick, back to the sea but neither Francis nor Wick can stay away and they keep coming back together finding ways to love each other in the sea. Vaughn does a great job of covering all the questions you'd wonder about how a human and merman could work together and they are both sweet characters. This is a fairytale, so the ending is somewhat predictable and Francis' despair in the times he's separated from Wick overdone but overall this is a sweet short story of two unlikely lovers. I received a copy of this story free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago