Author ~ Anna Wineheart
Published ~ 7th March 2017
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
On his tenth birthday, Connor trips over a wizard on the shore. Amidst glowing clovers and roses drawn in the sand, the wizard shelters him from the rain and promises to teach him magic. Three years later, they meet again, and Connor becomes his student.
Yates has never been a mentor—he doesn't deserve the privilege. But Connor comes to him after a tragedy, broken and helpless, and stays for years. Without realizing it, they fall in love. Yates knows he shouldn't: he has shaped this boy into a man. At a loss, he pretends not to notice Connor's affections... until his nineteenth birthday, when they celebrate a hard-won victory and give in to desire. Ashamed, Yates banishes his student, leaving a hole in both their hearts.
Four years later and still lonely, a tidal wave sweeps Connor back into Yates' life. When they meet again, he discovers that Yates has withheld secrets from him, secrets that could change his life. Their past is fractured, their future uncertain. But the one thing Connor knows is that he's always loved the wizard by the sea.
Slow-burn! Teacher/Student! The Wizard by the Sea is a 65,000 word steamy, standalone gay romance novel. Includes a kraken, chalk circles, some angst, plenty of pining, as well as May/Dec and coming-of-age themes. No cliffhangers, no cheating, but there is absolutely a Happily Ever After.
Freya’s Book Brief
This story comes with warnings of Alcoholism, Parental Death and some Gore. In everyday life, those tags would make me sad. But, in a book – ooh – that suggests an emotional rollercoaster of a ride.
Connor comes from a fishing town, and from an early age, helps his dad with the catch. School is available, but it is a place people attend if they don’t have other things to do. Other things like getting their tutoring from a wizard.
Connor first meets the wizard, Yates, as a child. And as Connor grows up, Yates becomes his best friend. In this light, Yates seems like an old man – a good man. Indeed, he is old in years, but not in body. Having lived several lifetimes of others, he has skeletons in his closet and the teachings of a man whose words rattle around in his head.
When Connor’s mum died, I cried. The anguish young Connor goes through, insisting that his mum isn’t dead, speared my heart. After, Connor’s dad hits the bottle, which changes his personality. Connor turns to Yates. He is an eager student, impatient, spurred on by the will to learn the kind of magic that could bring his mum back to life.
As Connor gets older, his feelings for Yates change from friendly to more lustful. Yates has the same feelings, but does nothing about it as he feels guilty over loving someone he has raised from a child. Yates is afraid that he has unduly influenced Connor. Thus, he rejects the young man. But, Connor knows what he wants.
This story is a sweetie pie. Connor and Yates have some amusing quirks and turns of phrase. Many of them made me smile, although, I felt, “Damn you,” was a touch overused. When their relationship goes to hell, it is an extremely well-written bust-up (this is in the blurb – so no spoilers). There were a couple of things that made me raise an eyebrow. One such instance was when the boy's ship gets tossed about with plenty of items smashed, and yet the eggs survived??
The Wizard By The Sea is a slow burn but full of life. It is a complete story, but I wouldn’t say that it has a start, middle and an end. It’s more like an ongoing saga that has a conclusion.