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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Imagination Run Amok -- In A Good Way!

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.

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misguided

I'm not impressed with the author. The implied assumption that gay people choose to be gay. That circumstances can persuade a persons sexuality. I was very disappointed.

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The Magic of Druids

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.

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Terrific Romantic Story both Modern & Historic

I was hooked the entire story. Loved the modern day setting mixed with the historical settings. The romantic undercurrent is fun and relevant.

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Ian makes the whole story!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Druid Stone to be better than the print version?

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.

What about Ian Ruane’s performance did you like?

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.

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  • CM
  • 09-26-21

Loved it!

Fascinating story line, perfect narration complete with Irish accent and beautiful love story. Thank you for this!

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Overwhelming but good

The narration was excellent and the story was super rich, sometimes too rich for me to be honest. Some of the story lost me, with all the confusing detail about the other planes of existence. It got super grime and dark too.

I would totally recommend this book to anyone looking for a serious, MM urban fantasy.

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Time Travel and Mythology

This Druid Stone mixes Celtic mythology, magic, history, time travel, and romance to create this epic story. The amount of research and historical details that the authors have in this book in is incredible and impressive. The characters were interesting and fascinating, and there was definitely a lot of complexity. My only issue was how confusing the plot became at times, and I had a hard time following along without having to do some re-reading. Overall, I found the story enjoyable and intriguing.

The audiobook was wonderful to listen to. The Irish accent of the narrator seemed perfect (but I’m an American listener with no real knowledge of Irish accents, so take my endorsement with that in mind). I did not have any trouble understanding the narrator and I could tell all the characters apart by their voices. The audiobook production was also well done.

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Wonderfully written story, highly recommend

As a lover of Fae Lore I was intrigued from the start of reading the summary. This book was more than I could hope to imagine with adventure, deep emotion, and just a hint of trauma and suspense to make the story complete. The audiobook narration was wonderful as well with great inflection. I highly recommend this title to anyone who loves the idea of other worlds lying under this one, with twisted attitude of humans and their lives. The romance portion was just enough as well. There to make you even more invested in the two main characters but letting the adventure story line shine through.

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A good story filled with Irish lore & Gay Erotica

I struggled with this book for a long time, and even had some issues with it at first where I really was about to quit the book or if I finished it I was going to give it 2 stars only. The first half of the book just didn't do anything for me, and the gay erotica in it seemed like it was too much and seemed over the top to the point where I was laughing through it. Trust me I have no issues with a few steamy scenes, but it just was overly done. I enjoyed the steamy parts in the second half though as they really brought in the romantic part with the lust and it was nicely balanced and carried out. But some of the early eroticism began to dominate the story at that time and it just threw things off from the story. Then the second half of the story the author's, Violetta Vane and Heidi Belleau, toned it down and the story really took off and hooked me in and I started really connecting and caring about the character's, Cormac and Sean. I enjoyed the world building and the Irish Lore and the interaction with the Fae, and I found myself yelling at the character's when they were making certain decisions so then I knew that the author's pulled me in. Some of the story was a little hard to follow with the time traveling and entering the land of the Fae, but if you just go with it the author's do explain things so you can put the story together. And I was very pleased with the ending. I even am tempted to get some of the author's novellas to find out what happens to Cormac and Sean's relationship.

Now the narrator, Ian Ruane, did a fabulous job and his voice, and that beautiful lilt in his voice, really leant a good addition to the story. At first Ian's narration was rocky, usually with the dialogue between the character's, but it smoothed out as the story went. The thing that would distract me and throw me off is Ian had a tendency to pause for a long time at commas and it threw the flow of the story out of whack. I noticed as the story went on he got better at those parts, but as for his story telling I can listen to him speak all day! This book was okay and if you want to read a good LGBTQ book about two gay guys, the Fae, and Ireland then this book is for you. Just be aware this is not just a Gay Romance book on the Supernatural, but it is Erotica as well and will have quite a few descriptive scenes hahaha.

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  • 01-06-13

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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  • Kenneth Thomas Preen
  • 09-13-21

Exceptional.

Well, what can I say ladies except that this was an excellent story. Great characters, fantastic storyline even though I didn't understand what was going on half the time. I wanted to be Sean, Cormac's throaty voice was delicious especially when taking Sean in hand, sorry. The story was well read and voiced by Mr Ruane. I only gave it the mark I did because I didn't understand what was happening at times, otherwise it would have been full marks.

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  • 06-28-21

Interesting Story

A well written story with and interesting  concept.  The characters are likeable and the narration is very good.