by Mary Calmes

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Stopping to offer help one sultry summer night, Mason James is unprepared for the change that this simple act of kindness will bring. After giving an old man a ride home, Mason discovers a new, magical, and even dangerous world he cannot hope to understand. But he also finds Luc Toussaint and is intoxicated at first sight... and even the secret Luc protects won’t be enough to keep Mason away from the truth of his heritage and their love.

A part of the 2010 Daily Dose Set, Midsummer's Nightmare, which includes 30 M/M stories of supernatural romance that may feature an edge of suspense and heart-pounding fear; a taste of the paranormal worlds of ghosts, vampires, and werewolves; and even the stuff of nightmares and dreamscapes.

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ISBN-13: 9781634768573
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 01/27/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 60
Sales rank: 225,633
File size: 1 MB

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Romanus 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MaraJ73 More than 1 year ago
This novella came to my notices during my research for last year's Random Paranormal Tales series but time got away from me and I never had a chance to read it. Well, this year I made sure to rectify that and loved it! This is my first gargoyle story and if others are written even half as good as Romanus, it won't be my last. Mason and Luc's connection may be instantaneous but that doesn't mean it'll be easy going. Awesome addition to my paranormal shelf.
debbiereadsbook More than 1 year ago
awesome little tale, outstanding narration. Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO file of this book. Mason discovers a naked old man wandering the roads and takes him home. MAson then finds himself in the middle of the stuff of nightmares. SHORT!!! SO FREAKING SHORT!! This is an audio review, and I find I cannot split the book from the narration if the book is in first person. So it'll all run into one bit puddle :-) Greg Tremblay narrates. The man is AWESOME!! I thought, worried, actually, I might get shades of Cole McGinnis (The Dirty Series, by Rhys Ford) bleeding through, since I'm listening to this on the back of those, but I need not have worried. Tremblay is a MASTER at his craft and his work shines. I loved Mason, ans his brief history we get here. I loved his reaction to the group of people he meets taking the old man home. And I loved his reaction to Luc and what Luc tells him. He is Romanus, long fabled about in Luc's and now Mason's people, but few are found. Luc is a Gargoyle and I love Gargoyle stories, we get so few of them! Luc's voice here is only when he speaks though, and Tremblay nails that one, I tell ya! But because he doesn't get a say, for that Ms Calmes, I am not happy. Short as it is, had Luc had a say, I have no doubt that this would be a five star across the board. BUT! I have discovered, since finishing, that there is a second book about Mason and Luc and I wish to listen to it too. However, its not out in audio yet, so I'm gonna have to wait! I don't liked to mix and match between reading and listening in the same series. so, ONLY because its single POV and we don't get Luc, 4.5 stars for the book but 5 stars for the narration **same worded review will appear on: Goodreads,,,, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, BookLikes and Dreamspinner Press**
ElaineWhite More than 1 year ago
Book - Romanus Author – Mary Calmes Star rating - ★★★★☆ No. of Pages – approx 70 (14 pages of promo) Movie Potential – Hmm...probably yes, but it would need to be something along the lines of I, Frankenstein. Ease of reading – easy to read, with a few hiccups Would I read it again – Maybe. If it's part of a series. ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW ** reviewed for Divine Magazine This was my first Mary Calmes story and the first time I've ever seen Gargoyles used in a romantic setting. I was pleasantly surprised by both. This one was really hard to review. On one hand, there was a lot I liked about it. On the other, there was a lot I didn't like. For me, this story is a solid 3.5 rating. I've rounded up to 4, because a 3 seems unfair, considering the fact that I liked it. OVERALL In total, Romanus was a great short read, which could have been longer and needed a little more fleshing out. With a few shorts or a real novel to explore this world further, Calmes is onto a winner. I really do hope she continues it, as I'd like my questions answered and I'd love to see this taken to the next level, with these characters and the few minor ones mentioned. I'll admit, I was disappointed with the ending. It was too abrupt and, as I said, my questions weren't answered. This made the story feel incomplete. It's enough that it peaked my interest, if there were more stories to read in the future (as I suspect there might be, considering the ending and Raoul) but I'd have liked this as a novel instead of a short. I'd be interested in reading more, but I'd probably wait until they were all available, so that I'm not sitting on a cliffhanger. As the prequel or introduction to a series, with these characters, Romanus is a success. The plot has so much potential that wasn't reached in this short, which would make sense if it was just the start of a more extensive series. However, if this is a stand alone short story, never to be revisited again, it reads as incomplete. There are so many questions unanswered and a very hasty, sudden ending that leaves me feeling unsatisfied. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for more. ** Read full review on Divine Magazine - **