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Finn (Endangered Fae #1) - Angel Martinez When Diego spots the naked man on the bridge, he thinks he is preparing to jump. After getting him home and safe, Diego realises that Finn is stuck in another century, just another psychiatric oddity he needs to hand over to social services. But soon, Diego realises that Finn is fae, not crazy, and he soon learns that there are also much darker things out there...

One of the things I love the most about Angel Martinez's work (I am working my way through her back catalogue) is the way her characters fit within their cultures. Finn is confused by the most everyday of things, but he still has a deep wisdom. There is something inhuman about the way he sees the world. Most authors, when writing a fae character, would get the confusion right, or some other aspects, but, ultimately, it would be just a human dressed up as a fae. With Angel Martinez, I believe Finn is fae. It's there in everything about him, every small action and word he speaks. It was one of the things I admired most about Gravitational Attraction, the richly imagined, populated cultures, and it's present again in Finn.

Not to say Diego is any less interesting for being human. He's sweet and incredibly naive, helping the people around him without any regard for his own safety. Every morning, he buys pretzels and distributes them to the homeless around his area. It takes a really special person to be like him. His biggest flaw is his huge heart, I think. It's got him into trouble before, and now he has seizures because of a violent attack that put him in hospital. But he still helps people! I love him! :) <3

AND THEY ARE SUCH A CUTE COUPLE!!

The culture building, on a similar note, is once again flawless (which is perhaps why the characters fit so well within it). :) I loved how existing mythology about the fae was used. I love Irish mythology anyway, so perhaps I'm biased. But it all felt very real, and I feel as though we were allowed but a tiny little peek... I know I was left wanting more. (Not that this is a bad thing - it's a good thing!) I want to read about the fae court! D:

Now I'm done rhapsodising about the characterisation and culture building...

The plot is great. There's magic, danger and romance - a potent and heady formula. I loved that the sex in the book was not its main point, even though it's marketed as an m/m erotica. Obviously, the sex is there (and hot and steamy it is too - Finn's tongue, oh my!), but it feels as though it's there alongside the plot, rather than a shaky frame to hang a weak plot on.

Also, there's humour. This is always important in a book, I think, since books without humour tend to either be unrelentingly depressing or taking themselves way too seriously. Much of the humour stems from Finn being unable to comprehend everyday objects/concepts, but this never got trying or repetitive (at least, for me). :)

I wish we could see more of the fae, and more of Finn's kind, but the veil is closed, so I'm unsure if that'll happen. Thankfully, though, there's a sequel! I'm glad there's a sequel because I love Diego and Finn as a couple, almost as much as I love the idea of soulmates and past lives and... *sighs wistfully*

I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a sexy read with a decent plot and a lot of cuteness and humour thrown in! :)