Title: As It Should Be (2nd edition)
Series: Windbrothers # 2
Author: Sean Michael
Length: Novella (164 pages)
Publisher: DSP Publications (December 6, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 – 4 ½ Hearts (Overall)
Blurb: Set in the sweeping Windbrothers’ world, where magic users and their sworn mates find each other through a process of trial and error, these stories, which take place long before the events in Desert, explore the different ways that ba’chi and hi’icha come together to become ki’ita. For every magic user, there is a grounding force to steady him, and neither half of the pair feels whole until he finds his destined lover.
Some mates discover each other with relative ease, while others have a harder time uniting with their designated partners, and the world they live in can be accepting, cruel, or even indifferent. From a shape-shifter with a secret to a pair of twins who think they’ll never find their lover, Sean Michael gives us a lot to love, just as it should be, in these stories sure to tug at your heart.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2006.
Coming Home ~ Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Bren has never had a real home because of the secret he carries. When he is caught stealing from Iral he thinks he has met his end. But the sexy man takes him into his home. When an accident forces Bren to reveal his ability he thinks he has lost what happiness he has.
I loved this sweet story of Bren and Iral. I felt so bad for Bren and the life he had lived. Iral was kind and caring. I was very happy that Bren finally found a family to call his own.
Turtle ~ Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Satta meets two identical brothers in the woods who are mischiveous and playfull. So’ and Du’ have been wandering since their grandmothers passing when they find Satta. The three begin a passionate romance and end up bonding. However Satta’s tribe does not approve and wants him to bring the two young men to them for trial.
I loved the interactions between these men especially after what Satta’s elders did to him. It broke my heart that people could be so evil and uncaring of how others feel.
The Winds Will ~ Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts
Benik wins a challenge for the shy Semon. As they get to know one another Semon becomes more confident. Sweet and short story.
Blown Together by the Wind Heart ~ Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 ½ Hearts
Delen and Unar are two men who find each other with the winds help. Delen trades food for food while Unar sleeps until one night he is hurt in the process and so begins their romance and travels. It was a sweet story.