The first time Joey Vines sees Braeden Shay, a Sidhe warrior, he is five years old. Braeden tells him that he is a faery but Joey's mother has the strangest reaction before warning him that faeries do not exist and he should not talk to him again. Braeden appears in Joey's room the next night as a firefly/faery and he is enchanted and in awe of him; when he is allowed to touch his wings he is so moved the event changes his life. Braeden promises to return for him when he's ready to assume his heritage but 20 years later Joseph, who now has a pair of wings tattooed on his back to remind him of Braeden is still waiting, until one fateful day when his life is transformed. Joseph is sent home from work that day because he is unwell but on his way home there is a strange occurrence before he falls into a deep sleep and he imagines that a firefly is hovering near him.
Joseph wakes up in a cabin in the wilderness where Braeden has taken him and he meets him again but as an adult this time, and he feels that he's living his dream with one very significant difference - he's attracted to him. When they kiss and Braeden wraps his wings around him he is transported into another world, one of sensuality and desire and longing. Joseph soon finds out that faeries are not that different from human men in terms of their sexual responses and he has the most wonderful sensual experience of his life. The lovemaking between them is breathtaking, intense and magical as they both appear to weave spells around each other in a mixture of lust and a more ethereal bonding of their minds and hearts.
Braeden later tells Joseph about his heritage, that his true father is a Lord of the Unseelie Court and he is half fae with an ability to control the plant kingdom. But there is a huge storm cloud hanging over him - his father Lord Caratacus, who is bound and determined that Joseph will never fulfill his destiny of saving the worlds because Caratacus wants to have power over both the Sidhe and human realms.
This story, while sad in parts, is beautifully told as Ally Blue always paints amazing pictures with her words and her world building is brilliant. Fireflies is a fantasy setting where anyone could escape to from real life for a few hours and inhabit Braeden's and Joseph's world. The author has an amazing gift of putting her readers in the heart of the action and if a writer can make me feel that I'm right there with her characters then she has done her job. The plot is very different from her previous books and she demonstrates considerable imagination and range in setting the stage and telling this engrossing story.
In Fireflies you have to suspend belief and once you do you are totally enchanted by this story of a love that triumphs over all odds and saves two worlds that are threatened, Tir-na-nog and earth - the age old fight between good and evil. The battle between Caratacus, Joseph and Braeden is well planned and executed, with magic being an integral force in the fight. Unfortunately, there are always casualties and loss in life and although the story is somewhat dark it does have its funny moments. I never knew that wings were such an erogenous zone and that there were so many erotic uses for plant life; Ms Blue has certainly given me new erotic avenues to explore
I was captivated by the characters which is a trademark of Ms Blue as her characterizations are what set her books apart and make them so popular with fans and new readers alike. I really loved Braeden's heart and the way he was so open about his love for Joseph and even though he was a warrior you felt his emotions which were always on the surface. I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasies or just a really good story.