tasting my keepers: ‘the ballad of jimothy redwing’

The Blurb:

New lover. New city. New dangers.

Wand’ring Minstrel Jimothy Redwing is used to life on the road, living by the words and music that are his stock in trade. While he’s comfortable finding his way alone, he’s always amenable to a friendly stranger who knows the lay of the land. Ricky Lennox is smart, funny, handsome, and very amenable.

With a place to stay, a sexy new lover, and some local contacts, Jimothy looks forward to delivering the letters in his care—including a message for the local ruler—and earning a little money with his music before moving on.

Ricky’s declaration he’s interested in more than just a one-night tryst starts Jimothy thinking about settling into a life of perfect harmony. But things hit a sour note when he learns his lover’s true identity—and exactly what’s in the epistle to Kanbec’s ruler.

Jimothy’s journey turns out to be far more complicated than he could have dreamed, and as dangerous as any epic ballad. For himself—and for Ricky.

Why I bought it:

It’s m/m fantasy. Need I say more. *GRIN*

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ There may be some who find the fact that the two men quickly succumb to their attraction to each other a little unbelievable. I think why it worked for me in this instance is because the story didn’t go on to give the reader rainbows and fairy dust (ie an immediate HEA where they stared dreamily into each other’s eyes for the next 100 pages). This was really only the start of Jimothy’s and Ricky’s journey together.

Like~ I (obviously) like my medieval-themed stories served up in a fantasy setting and this was no exception. The world building was terrific and I LOVED the fact that Jimothy was a wandering minstrel. How cool is that.

Dislike~ Ricky is a prince who will become king and therefore will need a heir. Although it will mean m/f or m/m/f at some future stage in Jimothy’s and Ricky’s life, I think the author handled this issue very well by hinting at a convincing outcome and with the men reaffirming their love and commitment to each other.

Like~ The writing was excellent and the characters well developed and very appealing. When you add romance, some humour, a prince, a minstrel, political intrigue and a great secondary cast you have a winner. 🙂

So, what I think:

Another of my m/m fantasy keepers. T’was lovely and satisfying.

There was a follow up in the form of a short, free read that you can get here.


‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.

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10 Responses to tasting my keepers: ‘the ballad of jimothy redwing’

  1. Lily says:

    Great review. I also enjoyed reading this story as well as the free short story.

  2. Kris says:

    Thanks Lily. It’s a real favourite of mine and I was pretty rapt when the free short was offered. It satsified my curiosity about how Jimothy and Ricky would end up together. It was almost like getting an epilogue, wasn’t it?

  3. Tam says:

    I read the short story but it didn’t seem to inspire me to read more. Not that there was anything wrong with it, just didn’t capture my interest. Oh well, me and fantasy. And I’d swear I commented yesterday. Stupid internet.

  4. Kris says:

    Tis a good fantasy, Tam. I reckon you’d like the main story.The internet. Hmpf. ALL technology hates me. The internet is the least of it.

  5. Tracy says:

    Sounds good. I think the “coming together quickly” thing is great. I personally am a fan of it as long as it doesn’t give the immediate HEA (as you said). I hate it when they fight the whole book and then fall in love. I just say wtf was that? lol

  6. Kris says:

    It’s great, Tracy. I’m with you on the coming together early thing, but it needs to be convincing and not an immediate HEA followed by fluff. In that case, the author should have just written a short story instead.One of the few times the fighting couple works for me is when it’s all about them fighting their attraction to each other and it increases the tension in a story. Everything else… meh.

  7. Tracy says:

    Yes, I do love the increased tension both in the emotional as well as the physical relationship. Of course when they eventually come together they need to virtually explode. Love that.

  8. Kris says:

    Me too! *GRIN*

  9. orannia says:

    Thank you Kris! Hmmmm..I haven’t ventured into m/m romantic fantasy (apart from The Englor Affair, which I guess is more sci-fi 🙂

  10. Kris says:

    I think this is a good m/m fantasy to ‘venture’ into, Orannia. Actually, I could give you a list if you wanted. I’m a sharing kinda gal when it comes to two of my fave genres. *G*

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