Sean never asked to be an O'Hara, and he didn't ask to be cursed by one, either.
After inheriting a hexed druid stone from his great-grandfather, Sean starts reliving another man's torture and death...every single night. And only one person can help.
Cormac Kelly runs a paranormal investigation business and doesn't have time to deal with misinformed tourists like Sean. But Sean has real magic in his pocket, and even though Cormac is a descendant of legendary druids, he soon finds himself out of his depth...and not because Sean's the first man he's felt anything for in a long time.
The pair develop an unexpected and intensely sexual bond, but are threatened at every turn when Sean's case attracts the unwelcome attention of the mad sidhe lords of ancient Ireland. When Sean and Cormac are thrust backward in time to Ireland's violent history - and their own dark pasts - they must work together to escape the curse and save their fragile relationship.
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This story is not your average fare of M/M romance. It is better. The writing and narration cast a spell on me that kept my interest from the beginning. When listening, I was often sucked into this fictional world and found myself rooting for the characters out loud. There were times when I was saddened for their inability to connect physically, but that is what M/M romance is all about. The supernatural portions of the story are well fleshed out and the descriptions make them absolutely real. I would recommend this book to anyone who might enjoy their man-on-man love with a side of supernatural time-travel.
I was hooked the entire story. Loved the modern day setting mixed with the historical settings. The romantic undercurrent is fun and relevant.
I typically find M/M romances to be sappy and uninteresting but that is very much not the case with The Druid Stone. The characters are compelling and the plot is quite interesting. The Urban Fantasy stereotype of the plucky, all-powerful ingenue is not to be found here. The characters make mistakes and get hurt.
The erotic scene were very good but what I truly appreciated was the restraint the authors showed in regard to how much of the book would be spent on them. The story and the characters come first (pun unintended) and they don't have an easy road to romance.
Can't wait for a sequel.
I would listen to Ian Ruane read anything. Although this book was perfect for Ian as it was set in Ireland. The story is good if you like dimensions shifts (which I don't particularly care for). The pace is good though and there is a good story here.
He was able to put emotions in his voice. His jump between Irish and Boston accent was so good I often wondered how he did that so easily.
The narrator, Ian Ruane, brought life to the book. His Irish accent and American accent were incredible and they fit the characters well, seeing as one is Irish and the other American.
This one is a hard one. I guess I like Sean the most, but Cormac is only behind by one point.
Sean is noble, righteous, and morally good, even when it doesn't benefit him to be.
I haven't, but I would like to.
The book wasn't bad like i expected it to be, it was actually much better.He narrator gave it an extra oomph. The supernatural events were a bit hard for me to follow, but that's not a big deal for me as i am more than willing to listen to the book again.
I'm 35, working as a QA engineer. I own no television so I tend to read a lot...or listen audiob0oks.
I have read this book along with the audiobook, since my first language is not English and I had difficulties at fist with the Irish pronunciation. I loved the audio better because the narrator gave a huge plus to the book.
I do not like to compare books to another. So I skip this question.
I have not listened any other Ian Ruane narreted books before, but I will seek out books with his narrations in the future. I loved his voice and it was very great that all persona were unique. I loved the accent.
Love story with Irish magic
I think I am in love with MM audiobooks from now on.The sex scenes were great thanks to both the authors and the narrator. The story was a little bit chaotic for my liking but overall it turned out great. I recommend this book to listen I certainly enjoyed it very much.
Ian Ruane does a great job narrating.
Maybe make it longer?
Great, humorist, delighting
Good story, bit short, gets a little steamy
I wish the knowledgeable protagonist did not become utterly completely suicidal and stupid.
That the knowledgeable protagonist turned into a selfish idiot. However, that idiocy turned into "subplot resolution bingo" and was ultimately unsatisfying. I found myself jumping around chapters until the disjointed narrative resolved.
I have not had the pleasure of listening to Ruane's work. I like his style. It made the story palatable at the points where it became work to sift through the threads.
It started off so well. So well. And then Cormac goes off of the deep end. If his tragedy was less than 10 years old. If it had not been so violent. If the fate had not been so earned, I would have felt better about his reaction, but Cormac was betrayed and beaten unconscious. For someone so cynical and self protective, he goes completely out of character.
Oh, and wibbly wobbly timey wimeyness is more than a little distracting towards the end.
Each time Sean recallibrates his emotional position in relation to Cormac, he analyzes the same paths over and over and over again. I was stuck in traffic when Sean comes back and finally get to the point where he takes a bath, but all the recriminations to that point seemed overkill. Since it gave me time to drift I started to re-hash similar arguments made previously with regards to Sean's mother.
There just seemed to be a lot of re-hashing that didn't serve any real purpose..
"It grew on me!"
I really wasn't sure about this book when I started to listen but it definitely is worth persevering with it. It is is a good story and I will certainly listen again.
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