BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: My Boyfriend Merlin by Priya Ardis
My Boyfriend Merlin
by Priya Ardis
My Merlin Series, Book One
He was a little older than he was letting on. By a few eons…
In this modern Arthurian, 17 year-old Boston high schooler Arriane, aka Ryan, DuLac just found out the guy she’s been crushing on, hot biker Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. In fact, he is really Merlin—the Merlin, King Arthur’s Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. Frozen in a cave for over fifteen hundred years, he’s woken for a purpose. But Ryan’s not impressed. Tired of being a relationship loser, she’d rather kick his legendary behind.
Sure, the world has been crazy ever since the sword and the stone fell out of the sky like a meteor. But despite gruesome gargoyles, a deadly new world of magic, and the guy driving her crazy, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him?
MY THOUGHTS: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Ryan DuLac is a high school student with some problems: she and her boyfriend Matt have just called it quits, and since her mother’s death, she’s been living with a close friend of the family. But everything in her life is about to get way more complicated.
When Ryan loses her best friend in a freaky dragon attack, she learns that there’s more to the world than meets the eye. Magic is real–and Matt is not really Matt. Ryan quickly gets on the track to becoming an unlikely hero.
This book was a really cool spin on Arthurian legend..not quite a retelling, but all the components we know and love are there: Merlin, Excalibur, the Lady of the Lake. Along with a few unique chracters I really loved.
I really liked Ryan from the start of the book, and as it progressed she got even cooler for me. Though she was thrown some pretty unbelievable roadblocks, she stood strong and didn’t rely on anyone to help her. She worked out her own problems and was not falling all over herself around the guys. And…I’m always a sucker for a girl who punches a guy in the face 🙂
Matt is Ryan’s ex, and he actually turns out to be Merlin, the legendary wizard. Although he has broken Ryan’s heart, there is a reason behind it. He was a truly nice guy but very focused on his work. Vane is Matt’s brother, also a wizard. He’s more of a loose cannon and the brothers have some issues between them. Although Vane and Ryan clash, they can’t stay away from each other and things get pretty heated. So yes, this book does have somewhat of a love triangle, which I usually hate. But the chemistry between Ryan and the two brothers was really sizzling, and I like it when I actually have no idea who the heroine will pick. The triangle kind of reminded me of Damon-Elena-Stefan from The Vampire Diaries (one of my fave shows).
I loved the romance aspect of the book, but the action was definitely not lacking. Fast-paced scenes start very soon in the book, and they are interspersed nicely throughout the novel. This made it a very compelling read, and I never got bored.
The author did a very nice job with weaving the traditional Arthurian elements with completely original supernatural ones, and I really enjoyed reading this novel. I am definitely excited for the next!
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