What Do A God In Exile And A Goth Geek From Nowhere, Minnesota Have In Common Not A Damn Thing.Ashnavayarian Is A God In Exile, Condemned By The Dragon Mother To Live As A Lowly Human The Only Way To Appease The Goddess And Earn Back His Place At Her Side Is To Learn Compassion Or Bypass Her Entirely By Raising The Power To Break His Exile.Tor MacAran Is Stuck In A Dead End Job In A Tiny Town That S Barely On The Map He S Been Alone And Hurting All His Life, And He S About Ready To End His Pain By Whatever Means He Can.When A Halloween Encounter Dumps Tor At Ash S Feet, The Two Men Find Themselves Tied Together By The Dragon Mother In A Way That Neither Can Escape Can Tor Teach Ash What It Really Means To Be Human Or Will Ash S Bid For Freedom Destroy Tor And Plunge The Westlands Into A War No One Can Win 90,000 WordsContent Warning This Story Contains Sexually Explicit Material And Describes Sexual Relations Between Men This Story Also Describes Situations That May Be Triggering Or Disagreeable To Some Readers, Specifically, Scenes Of Dubious Consent. Ashnavayarian was a powerful, god like being of the leythe, the place from which magical energies emanate But Ash has been a bad boy His thoughtless, selfish meddling and manipulating has led to a war and disturbances within the leythe Ash needs to be taken down a peg or two, so the goddess Jhara punishes him by forcing him to live in human form with most of his power stripped from him She hopes he ll learn that using other creatures for his own amusement isn t right and that some of the things he considers human frailties like compassion and love are just what he needs to learn Of course, that doesn t go over well with Ash, and he s determined to thwart Jhara by any means necessary and break his exile Jhara throws Ash another curveball when she leythe bonds him to Toryn MacAran, a human Tor has never fit in and always harbored a painful emptiness inside, like something is missing When a strange encounter at a bookstore one night ends up landing him at the feet of the handsome Ash, he may have found the answer Ash s touch takes his emptiness and pain away and makes him feel compete.Both main characters are well developed and interesting in their own right, but when they come together, oh boy The chemistry goes off the charts I adored the interaction between these two An emotional rollercoaster.Ash is a self centered, full of himself ass at the beginning of this story, but he s so damn fun Tor is the broken boy that I always adore And I do adore him except that by the end, I m so in love with Ash that even Tor s delicious brokenness cannot compare These guys go through hell and back in this story, but the growth of the characters throughout is such a treat to read This is a complex fantasy that takes place on another world separate from the earth from which Tor came The world building is quite intricate and yet so smoothly woven that it never felt cumbersome as some fantasies do for me Fast paced, lots of wit, smoking hot sex, angst, sexy long haired men my fav , and some freaky bad guys to hate from Lucano in the first section on to some of his horrible creations in the second And then there s Carrik Tarn, a very interesting and pivotal secondary character I won t say much about him for fear of it being a spoiler, but I d really like to know of his background Maybe that will come out in a sequel Oh, and there s this one scene where I just wanted to kick him in the nuts so bad I could taste it Except, well, that would have been impossible even if I were there at the time.So much happens in this book, much than I d expect for the number of pages It has the depth of a much longer read almost like an epic I read the first half, Human Frailties, about a year ago as a freebie Since I d enjoyed the first half of the story quite a lot, I really have no idea why I waited so long to read the full story But very glad I finally did because the second half took the tale into awesome territory The second half made me fall in love So if you ve read Human Frailties and never went on to read the rest, don t wait It only gets better Ash and Tor need a sequel, and actually, I m pretty sure there is one currently in the works I can t wait And one last thing I have to mention how much I love the name Ashnavayarian and all its interesting variants So freaking cool. Many thoughts now let me try to get it all in order in something that resemble a review.FIRST, let me tell you something you may not know You can read half of this book for freeThis book is the expanded version of a freebie Human Frailties, click here to download it.It was born as a short , but now there is this version, with part I Human Frailties, the freebie and Human Strengths, the part 2.I start reading the freebie, and love it so much I got the complete story Human Frailties, Human Strengths I reread the first part if you buy it you will get part 1 and 2 , and I keep going reading the extended part And I don t regret it Everything start with a god, Ashnavayarian, aka Ash, in exile He must prove he deserve to have all his powers, and do learn a lesson about fro fragile live is, he is stripped of almost all powers, and must live as a human It s not on Earth, it s a sort of parallel reality, think as another Earth.Toryn MacAran is human and from our reality In a very strange day he will end in another reality, and. with the self centered, egomaniac and narcissist god Ash.It s erotic, and also VERY funnyFor a fantasy with so much info and description it s also VERY funny But the first part and I missed funny Ash.I think it deserve 5 starsBecause it s very original, full of adventure and also with perfect placed sex scenes it s NOT a sex without plot story But I also think it s sort of sad the humor was just in the first part of the book the freebie.Of course Ash must grown, learn, be responsible but IMO it should not mean be serious as he was in the second part I can understand it was a grown process, Tor is there with him but I just don t think all the humor and jokes between both should disappear.The second part is serious, a lot happened and it s a serious and dangerous situation and I LOVE the adventure of it and something I reeeeeeeeeeally don t know how to feel about happened It s something I can t talk about openly, so I m putting in a spoiler It s a noncon maybe, seems rape scene view spoiler Ok, so let be honest here I don t have problems reading nonconsensual scenes, but it was odd and I didn t enjoy it.Tor is bonded to a sword, Carrik Tarn, aka Blackfang It was Ash that bond Carrik to a sword, Carrik is mad but Possess Tor body during a leythe storm Carrik took over and rape Ash.NO, it s not a love scene.No, it s not just sex.It s rape If someone says no , as Ash did, it s rape.I still wonder why it happened.I can understand it was a scene to show Carrik is ok now, he had his revenge But. a rape to pay for it Ash enjoyed be dominated Yes he loved it, and after even ask Tor to fuck him.It s not important IMO It was rape, and it don t make me feel ok, they are even now or justice was done I had the WTF thought, trying to understand HOW a rape can be consider a way to pay for what he did hide spoiler 4.5 stars Very enjoyable read loved the witty dialogue between the two characters Well written Excellent world building I enjoyed the characters Ash was such as ass for a long part of this book, that I barely had time to start accepting that he might be ok guy before it ended There was very little background on Tor, but I really liked him despite that This is a free first part of a longer novel Human Frailties, Human Strengths which I plan to read soon I NEED to read the rest of the story as its a bit of a soft cliffhanger HFN end I am sure that reading the rest will have a big impact on how I perceive the story so I m keeping the review of this first part short Wonderful free read Highly recommended. As rather interesting read I suppose, but not one that was particularly engrossing or enjoyable The characters weren t particularly grabbing or loveable I didn t like Tor till the end and a rather unbelievable development in romance Their romance was tinged with a little dub con though really, that s just a nicer way of saying rape that isn t brutal and forceful Mind you, I m okay with reading dub con and I can tolerate non con, however this was a particular sneaky shade of it I didn t like, and I feel that their relationship at the end didn t resolve any of my earlier uneasiness On a brighter note, there were some elements of the world that I found incredibly intriguing and unique, and I definitely would like to know about it.Rating 2.75 What an amazing story The world building, the development of the characters and their relationship, it all flowed so smoothly while keeping me riveted until the end Tor and Ash came alive for me and I love how their actions and banter fit their personalities so consistently Great combination of humor and suspense, I can t wait to read the sequel. I m not normally much of a fantasy reader, but I really enjoyed this story The writing is smooth and the characters were interesting I liked the fact that one of the MCs was ruthless initially and was quite the anti hero You don t see that often in romance, but Jaye pulled it off I suspect there will be a sequel and I will be waiting for it. 40% off at Smashwords until October 30 using coupon code GL98D, thanks to Melanie. Great fantasy adventure with awesome world building I liked how we learn about the leythe, the energy matrix, and the void Details like leythe bonds and leythe storms added interesting layers The characterizations were well done, especially with Ash So arrogant, furious about his punishment, infuriating in his words and actions Tor wasn t as clearly drawn for me I would have liked time with his POV because I didn t understand his attachment to Ash outside of the leythe bond and if there wasn t any, then it wasn t really a romance for me.A lot of that had to do with the way their relationship developed Definitely no insta love here A lot of heat, but also a lot of irritation, resentment, and anger As the leythe bond grew stronger, though, some caring slipped in even though Ash resisted getting attached Although we saw why Ash started to like Tor, Tor s feelings were so influenced by the bond, I wasn t so sure he actually liked Ash until much later More like a magic spell than true feelings Later on, when the relationship changes a bit, I had mixed feelings about it I liked the change A lot But I wasn t sure it was consistent with the characterization we d been given of the two MCs It didn t bother me too much, though, because I really liked the characters Definitely a keeper for me and I m excited about possible future adventures with Ash and Tor.World building adventure fantasy 4.5 stars for meRomance 3.5Side points I liked the twist with the sword I loved the humor in the first part, and I missed it later on, although it made sense with the change in Ash and the seriousness of their mission. I had the pleasure of an advanced peek at this baby, and it has come very far from its humble beginnings as a shorter story posted for the LHNB anthology Jaye McKenna has created a fascinating world with some very compelling characters who move through a well crafted, emotion rich story There is no definite good and evil here, although sometimes the motivations of some of the characters lean decidedly towards the dark side It brings the characters to life because, like real people, sometimes they do things that make us mad, only to redeem themselves later on This story has a lot of action, but it doesn t ever sacrifice the relationships between the characters.Great read 4.5 starsI set this book aside back in Feb 2016 because I thought it was just going to be another PWP After reading and loving another of this author s series, I decided to revisit this story So glad I did Great world building, finely crafted characters, clever plot, beautiful prose, well edited It appears McKenna has written stories in this universe and I can hardly wait to discover them.