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Brett Wright and Finn de Morisco come from vastly different worlds. Disowned by his family for being gay, Brett builds both a life on his own terms and walls around his heart. But nothing can prepare him for the evil that stalks him in the night or from discovering the dark secrets of his heritage. The youngest of a doting family, Finn lives a sheltered life that allows hi Brett Wright and Finn de Morisco come from vastly different worlds. Disowned by his family for being gay, Brett builds both a life on his own terms and walls around his heart. But nothing can prepare him for the evil that stalks him in the night or from discovering the dark secrets of his heritage. The youngest of a doting family, Finn lives a sheltered life that allows him to trust easily and makes him quick to jump to the rescue. While using his knowledge of the supernatural world to help Brett uncover the truth of his ancestry, Finn learns neither his magical life nor falling in love is as simple and risk-free as he believed. New knowledge comes with a price—one that may prove too high for them to pay.


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Brett Wright and Finn de Morisco come from vastly different worlds. Disowned by his family for being gay, Brett builds both a life on his own terms and walls around his heart. But nothing can prepare him for the evil that stalks him in the night or from discovering the dark secrets of his heritage. The youngest of a doting family, Finn lives a sheltered life that allows hi Brett Wright and Finn de Morisco come from vastly different worlds. Disowned by his family for being gay, Brett builds both a life on his own terms and walls around his heart. But nothing can prepare him for the evil that stalks him in the night or from discovering the dark secrets of his heritage. The youngest of a doting family, Finn lives a sheltered life that allows him to trust easily and makes him quick to jump to the rescue. While using his knowledge of the supernatural world to help Brett uncover the truth of his ancestry, Finn learns neither his magical life nor falling in love is as simple and risk-free as he believed. New knowledge comes with a price—one that may prove too high for them to pay.

30 review for Submerging Inferno

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emma Sea

    Perhaps this is actually a young-adult book, and I missed that, in which case my 2-stars is uncalled for; this is a good YA paranormal novel with a hint of romance. However as an m/m romance or a romance fantasy novel I was very let down. The MCs are 23 and 25, but act like 15-year olds who can drive. The depictions of this hidden side of our reality, with Royal vampires and a Vampire Cathedral, water nymphs and werewolves, are written as so juvenile that it just sets my teeth on edge (actually Perhaps this is actually a young-adult book, and I missed that, in which case my 2-stars is uncalled for; this is a good YA paranormal novel with a hint of romance. However as an m/m romance or a romance fantasy novel I was very let down. The MCs are 23 and 25, but act like 15-year olds who can drive. The depictions of this hidden side of our reality, with Royal vampires and a Vampire Cathedral, water nymphs and werewolves, are written as so juvenile that it just sets my teeth on edge (actually I just realised it's *exactly* like a series I bought my daughter when she was eight, except the MC here is an adult gay male, not a 13-year old mer-girl). There is no sense of how this world would work; no internal consistency, no character development, plus, sorry to say it, definite instalove, with no depiction of how these characters might actually fit into each other's lives (tiny example: Finn is a baker, but never gets up early once in the entire novel because of all the comforting-hurts going on). Nothing is resolved in this book and I'm not inspired to buy the sequel. One redeeming feature is the descriptions of Brett swimming: these are good, and the contrast between the ocean and the day-to-day world is palpable. This hints that the author has some talent tucked away, which just needs time, better plots, and a lot more writing to emerge. Again, my apologies if the target audience is 16: they might love this book: except for one problem; inconsistency in depictions of sex. The relationship between the MCs is sweet and involves hurt-comfort, lots of kissing and snuggling together in bed, and when they finally have sex (at 78%) it's completely non-graphic: "his eyes never left mine for more than a moment to watch our bodies become one". Cute and sweet, right? I'd happily let my 16 year old read that. However, at the beginning of the book, one MC is raped by a vampire, and this is described is slightly more graphic terms,"I felt him throbbing on my ass . . .with one swift movement he thrust into me . . . I could feel him slam back into me again, I could feel the pain . . . I heard my voice, hoarse and pleading. "More" . . . my breath caught as he filled me." (locations 614-624). (He's begging for more, btw, because he's enthralled to the vampire). So why is the non-consensual sex described in more detail than the loving, caring relationship? It's just weird. As a fantasy novel it's simply dreadful; there's not enough sex to make this erotica; the "romance" just isn't, because the instalove negates any genuine meeting of personalities; yet that rape scene tips this over the edge enough that's it's not a no-sex-just-sweet book. I'm bamboozled by all the excellent reviews this book is receiving: I'm clearly missing the appeal.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Blake Fraina

    A young man grows up without his parents, unaware of the extraordinary truth about his origins. Might he be headed off to Hogwarts? A warm, loving [and supernatural] family takes in their son’s true love, an attractive and headstrong outsider, who brings a murderous vampire to their door. Must we choose between "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob?" A world in which faeries, werewolves, vampires, witches, nymphs and demons live side-by-side with humans? Should we get Sookie Stackhouse on the speed dia A young man grows up without his parents, unaware of the extraordinary truth about his origins. Might he be headed off to Hogwarts? A warm, loving [and supernatural] family takes in their son’s true love, an attractive and headstrong outsider, who brings a murderous vampire to their door. Must we choose between "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob?" A world in which faeries, werewolves, vampires, witches, nymphs and demons live side-by-side with humans? Should we get Sookie Stackhouse on the speed dial? Nope, nope and afraid not. However, if you fancy a harmonious menage of Rowling’s heroics, Meyer’s star-crossed romance and Harris’s array of creepy creatures, you’ll find a lot to love in Brandon Witt’s phenomenal Submerging Inferno. I’d even go as far as to say, but for its gay protagonist, this one might have literary agents and publishers clambering. But the fact that Witt has managed to pack so much best-seller bait into the first of his Men of Myth books is hardly his most impressive achievement. In brief, Submerging Inferno tells the story of Brett Wright, a young Southern Californian brought up by his evangelical Christian grandparents who rejected him after he came out to them as a teenager. Now a young man, he leads a somewhat solitary and uneventful life; his only real joy coming from his daily ocean swims. But one evening his whole world is turned upside down after he has a chance encounter with a homicidal bloodsucker and is subsequently rescued by a friendly family of witches who help him hunt the vampire while introducing him to the diverse supernatural world hiding in plain sight. But Wright’s greatest challenge has less to do with defeating a killer vampire and more to do with understanding who he is and, ultimately, what it means for his future. Through Wright, the author explores the most fundamental under-pinning of Judeo-Christian belief - the concept of choice. Much like Harry Potter, Wright learns that we are defined solely by the choices we make and not by other’s narrow perceptions of who we are. I suspect Witt himself comes from an evangelical background and, as such, has grappled with the stigma attached to homosexuality. So it seems a clever choice to have the main character be an actual demon, making literal the fundamentalist’s "demonization" of the LGBT community. After dealing with his grandparents turning their back on him for being gay, Wright also has to overcome the prejudice of the witches and warlocks whose responses to his demonic origins run the gamut from vague suspicion to outright hostility. The character is forced to question himself at every turn. It’s a bit painful in that it seems to hint at the author's own personal journey as much as his character's. For an ostensibly popular piece of fiction, this is pretty heavy stuff. While hardly perfect - there’s an overabundance of unnecessary dialogue that could stand a visit with the red pencil (particularly between the two romantic leads who redundantly debate the future of their relationship almost to the exclusion of all else) - this is nonetheless a truly gripping start to what promises to be an epic series. Plus, even though this is only one piece of a larger story, it does pass a critical test in that it can certainly be enjoyed as a stand alone. Even the ambiguous ending struck me as deeply satisfying and yet, at the same time, left me eager for more. Witt has certainly created a world worth exploring.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Plainbrownwrapper

    I admire some elements of this book, but other parts seriously annoy me. I'd give it 4 stars for the good components, but the bad stuff drags it down. The Good: 1. Many bad things happen to the MC, Brett, and the author actually shows us how he disintegrates because of his experiences. Brett isn't heroic, he isn't all-knowing, he doesn't prevail through everything. He's human (even though he really isn't), he makes dumb mistakes, and when overwhelming things happen to him he actually gets overwhe I admire some elements of this book, but other parts seriously annoy me. I'd give it 4 stars for the good components, but the bad stuff drags it down. The Good: 1. Many bad things happen to the MC, Brett, and the author actually shows us how he disintegrates because of his experiences. Brett isn't heroic, he isn't all-knowing, he doesn't prevail through everything. He's human (even though he really isn't), he makes dumb mistakes, and when overwhelming things happen to him he actually gets overwhelmed. I liked the honest way in which Witt treated Brett, allowing him to fall apart. 2. The prose is always competent and occasionally evocative. This may not sound like much, but in these days of authors who often hardly seem to speak English it's a Good Thing. 3. See Blake Fraina's review for really good additional observations about issues of choice, individual identity, and literal demonization of an already demonized character. The Bad: 1. the plot -- Man, the plot sucked -- in many ways. As a character study (see above) I liked the book, but as a story (actually going somewhere and getting to a destination), it's a big fail. OTOH, this is the first book in a planned series. If the subsequent books deal with the same MC (I don't know yet whether they will or not), then the series plot may end up redeeming the failures of the single-book plot. 2. the pacing -- refer back to the plot. There's a lot of standing around twiddling thumbs, and then a lot of running around in circles not accomplishing anything. 3. the hanging plot threads -- refer back to plot. Yes, this is the first of a series, so some hanging threads are to be expected. I just found these particular ones especially aggravating, and IMHO they could have been handled better. 4. Even though the story is in alternating first person POV between the two MCs, Finn gets seriously short shrift here. This may be something else that can be forgiven depending on how the rest of the series goes. 5. Although I have complimented the good character work Witt does with Brett, I was very let down that the one reaction Witt does NOT explore well is (view spoiler)[Brett's reaction to being raped by the vampire near the beginning of the book. He just seems to get over it instantly, which put me off quite a bit (hide spoiler)] . Right now I'm giving this 2.5, rounding up. I may change my overall impression after the rest of the series comes out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Absynthe

    I think it takes balls for an author to stay true to where the plot leads rather than cater to the masses and give them the saccharine HEA they expect out of every book they read. This is a rich, original world with interesting characters and unexpected plot twists. I enjoyed the whole series for that reason. If you want to read a book that's got a plot a three year old can guess on page 5, the same old whiny characters and everything wrapped up with a pretty bow that doesn't tax your mental capac I think it takes balls for an author to stay true to where the plot leads rather than cater to the masses and give them the saccharine HEA they expect out of every book they read. This is a rich, original world with interesting characters and unexpected plot twists. I enjoyed the whole series for that reason. If you want to read a book that's got a plot a three year old can guess on page 5, the same old whiny characters and everything wrapped up with a pretty bow that doesn't tax your mental capacity more than chewing gum would, go read a book published by one of those authors who produce 4 books a month. If you want an original story that stays true to the characters, embroils you in turmoil and tension, and actually manages to surprise you once in a while keep reading this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kazza

    Brandon Witt webcam interview and giveaway January 10-12th http://ontopdownunderbookreviews.com/... This was an interesting read and a good first book for a series. It got bogged down in some parts but in others it flowed really well. The world building was good and I can see where it will build on the beginnings here. Of the two MC's, I have to say I have much Finn de Morisco love. He absolutely spoke to me as a character. I read a fair bit of paranormal and I liked this book for the greater part. Brandon Witt webcam interview and giveaway January 10-12th http://ontopdownunderbookreviews.com/... This was an interesting read and a good first book for a series. It got bogged down in some parts but in others it flowed really well. The world building was good and I can see where it will build on the beginnings here. Of the two MC's, I have to say I have much Finn de Morisco love. He absolutely spoke to me as a character. I read a fair bit of paranormal and I liked this book for the greater part. Full review at http://ontopdownunderbookreviews.com/...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Blaze

    I really liked this book. Finn can be with me any time at all. He's so sweet and so loyal and Brett's really lucky that Finn was looking out for him when he needed someone. Finn is a warlock and he doesn't know why a vampire is interested in his date Brett, but it can't be for anything good. It isn't for anything good. He causes a mess. OMG Sonia. She got a bad deal and she's so nice. I feel sorry for Brett because he doesn't feel like he belongs anywhere and now Sonia. That's pretty harsh. I have I really liked this book. Finn can be with me any time at all. He's so sweet and so loyal and Brett's really lucky that Finn was looking out for him when he needed someone. Finn is a warlock and he doesn't know why a vampire is interested in his date Brett, but it can't be for anything good. It isn't for anything good. He causes a mess. OMG Sonia. She got a bad deal and she's so nice. I feel sorry for Brett because he doesn't feel like he belongs anywhere and now Sonia. That's pretty harsh. I have to read the next one because I don't know how this is all going to come together right.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adrianamae

    2.5 For a good review read plainbrownwrapper's review. This is the second book that I've read today that has left me p*ssed off. How about finishing a chapter of the story? How about a story that doesn't feel unfinished--and one that left us without answers. I feel as if I wasted my time, and that doesn't give me the warm fuzzies to buy the next book. I'm done with this serial. 2.5 For a good review read plainbrownwrapper's review. This is the second book that I've read today that has left me p*ssed off. How about finishing a chapter of the story? How about a story that doesn't feel unfinished--and one that left us without answers. I feel as if I wasted my time, and that doesn't give me the warm fuzzies to buy the next book. I'm done with this serial.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This one is going to be full of spoilers, so stop now if you haven't read it. I just finished this last night and needed to take the night to process what was going on in my head about the story. Let me preface it by saying that I don't typically read the paranormal stories. I used to when I was a teen, however, in the process of growing up (too fast), I found that there were some things that were strange enough in the real world without having to add the horrors of fiction to it. That said, this This one is going to be full of spoilers, so stop now if you haven't read it. I just finished this last night and needed to take the night to process what was going on in my head about the story. Let me preface it by saying that I don't typically read the paranormal stories. I used to when I was a teen, however, in the process of growing up (too fast), I found that there were some things that were strange enough in the real world without having to add the horrors of fiction to it. That said, this book was awesome. I loved the interactions and the imagination of this new world within the real world. It was tough for me, at first, to make that break with reality, but I soon got over it. I found myself growing through the story just as Brett did (with anger, denial, anxiety, and the gamut of emotions that went along with the journey.) I loved the simplicity/complexity duality of Brett. He seems so simple in his nature in the beginning, it's as if his whole life he has stuck to the shallow view of the world out of instinct that what lies deeper is far too disturbing to handle (until now). Sonia...poor, poor Sonia. I loved the glimpse of the character that we got to see (though I have a feeling her new "life" is going to change in future books). I had a hunch of her fate based upon the detail of the descriptions afforded to her--her personality, her physical features (especially her eyes), and her strength. It was inevitable that the monster would see her as something to pull over to his dark side. I do have some unanswered questions that I hope to have cleared up in the rest of the series: a) What about Brett's childhood? This story was like a new kind of growing up, but I want to know what happened before -- his friends, his life, etc. b) With Sonia's family, was it the red-headed vampire or Sonia that did that (btw, please don't kill the family dog...I clutched my little Corgi, Charlie, really tight when I read that part) c) What was going on in Brett's mind when he had the mental break? Having had panic attacks, I can only imagine what he saw/thought/felt, but it may have helped the reader to see that from Brett's perspective instead of/in addition to Finn's. Take us with him on that journey so that we can really empathize with his character rather than being shut out just as Finn was by his breakdown. d) I want to know more about Finn's family life. What happened? I feel like we dove deep into the now without knowing how they got there. I can't wait to read the rest, though I may have to take a pause and read something happy for a bit before I started in on the second Men of Myth book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eugenia

    1.5 Stars. What could have turned into a very interesting tale left me cursing and gnashing my teeth at the incredulous behavior and dialogue of all the characters in this book. The action in this book takes place over a week. Within that time, our MCs, a witch and a partial demon fall in forever insta-love. And they tell each other constantly how much they love each other. And they talk about their “us” and future while trying to find and kill a vampire. The demon MC keeps changing his mind over 1.5 Stars. What could have turned into a very interesting tale left me cursing and gnashing my teeth at the incredulous behavior and dialogue of all the characters in this book. The action in this book takes place over a week. Within that time, our MCs, a witch and a partial demon fall in forever insta-love. And they tell each other constantly how much they love each other. And they talk about their “us” and future while trying to find and kill a vampire. The demon MC keeps changing his mind over and over again. It’s just silly and not believable, fire demon or no. The plot and mystery is easy to figure out. Ya, so the big reveals are no reveals at all. How exciting. I couldn’t wait to be done with this book. I read it for a challenge or I would have DNFd this puppy early on. There’s no way I’m reading the next one. I don’t care what happens.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Inman

    SUBMERGING INFERNO by Brandon Witt, has everything. Demons, vampires, werewolves, mermen, great characters, beautiful writing, a touching love story, chilling monsters, San Diego -- the city I call my hometown -- and the promise of two more great books to round out the Men of Myth trilogy after this one. I can't wait to read them. Anne Cain's cover art is perfect for the story too. Sometimes when I read a novel, I struggle with the way words have been laid out in front of me. Sometimes they don' SUBMERGING INFERNO by Brandon Witt, has everything. Demons, vampires, werewolves, mermen, great characters, beautiful writing, a touching love story, chilling monsters, San Diego -- the city I call my hometown -- and the promise of two more great books to round out the Men of Myth trilogy after this one. I can't wait to read them. Anne Cain's cover art is perfect for the story too. Sometimes when I read a novel, I struggle with the way words have been laid out in front of me. Sometimes they don't flow. Sometimes they are awkwardly spliced together. Sometimes they make me uneasy, because I know something isn't quite right with the construction. Brandon Witt's words do no such thing. His writing is flawless, a pleasure to read. Anybody who can pull demons, vampires, werewolves, and mermen together into one exciting tale has to have something going for him, right? Now off to Book Two, RISING FRENZY. Yippee. (And dammit Brett, it's time to reclaim Finn. He loves you so.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rob Andresen

    I came across Brandon Witt through connections in Denver and did not know him as a writer until the release of Submerging Inferno. Always one to support local authors, I figured I'd give his story a try. I was pleasantly surprised when the story grabbed me and pulled me right in. The story was pretty standard for the first chapters and then surprised me with the magical twist that kept me wanting more. I love the characters and connected with them immediately. The worst part about this story is t I came across Brandon Witt through connections in Denver and did not know him as a writer until the release of Submerging Inferno. Always one to support local authors, I figured I'd give his story a try. I was pleasantly surprised when the story grabbed me and pulled me right in. The story was pretty standard for the first chapters and then surprised me with the magical twist that kept me wanting more. I love the characters and connected with them immediately. The worst part about this story is that it is part of a trilogy and I can't wait for the next book to come out! Brandon is a great writer and I am looking forward to his next work!

  12. 5 out of 5

    David Leger

    This isn't quite my genre, I don't normally read supernatural tales. I know the author, and enjoyed his 1st novel, so decided to give this series a try. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. There is an ongoing love story, with well developed and colorful characters. There's a slowly building sub-plot, along with a lot of interesting short term conflicts and trials. I have gotten hooked on finding out what happens. I should mention there is some fairly graphic sexual content, much of it is n This isn't quite my genre, I don't normally read supernatural tales. I know the author, and enjoyed his 1st novel, so decided to give this series a try. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. There is an ongoing love story, with well developed and colorful characters. There's a slowly building sub-plot, along with a lot of interesting short term conflicts and trials. I have gotten hooked on finding out what happens. I should mention there is some fairly graphic sexual content, much of it is not hetero, so reader be forewarned (or titillated, depending on your viewpoint).

  13. 5 out of 5

    F.

    A different take on the paranormal world. I enjoyed it but can't understand why Brett didn't fully explain his affinity to the sea to either Finn or Finn's family. Surely when they were all together looking for answers it would have been the perfect time to bring it up. On the same note why is Finn quiet about the voices? A few puzzling things but i am intrigued and will read more. A different take on the paranormal world. I enjoyed it but can't understand why Brett didn't fully explain his affinity to the sea to either Finn or Finn's family. Surely when they were all together looking for answers it would have been the perfect time to bring it up. On the same note why is Finn quiet about the voices? A few puzzling things but i am intrigued and will read more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mike Walker

    I took a chance on this book. I say that because I knew going into it, that Its not the kind of book that I usually go for. In spite of that, I'm open minded and I really enjoyed "The Shattered Door" by the same author, so decided to give it a try. As expected, is it different from my usual reads in terms of being "otherworldly", but (surprisingly?)I enjoyed it and found myself slip easily into that world without much question. While the world is different here, the underlying themes remain the s I took a chance on this book. I say that because I knew going into it, that Its not the kind of book that I usually go for. In spite of that, I'm open minded and I really enjoyed "The Shattered Door" by the same author, so decided to give it a try. As expected, is it different from my usual reads in terms of being "otherworldly", but (surprisingly?)I enjoyed it and found myself slip easily into that world without much question. While the world is different here, the underlying themes remain the same, and I think that's why I was able to immerse myself in the book. Love, loss, (SO MUCH LOSS), identity,family, want of acceptance are all explored here and hooked me deeply. Something that I really enjoy is that because it's set in fantasy, anything can happen at anytime, and predictability (at least for me, is minimal. You just really never know what to expect, (at the same time, that isn't taken advantage of so that things reach ridiculous levels), and that makes for a great read. In the end I find it a refreshing change from my usual reads, and with what is revealed in the closing pages of the book, (being shocked, is an understatement) I will be moving on to the other books in the series soon for the continuation of this adventure, and of course to (hopefully)see my boys reunited. (Damn you Brett!)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    Where to begin?? Let me start off with saying that I loved this book!!! I am very picky when it comes to fantasy books. I do enjoy a story set in different worlds but I think my favorite would be a contemporary world set on its axis. A world where the supernatural lives along with the ordinary. Where witches are bakers and a demon is a life guard. Since it’s the first book in the Men of Myth series, I’m excited to see what happens next in the two books. You can read the rest of Lana's review at T Where to begin?? Let me start off with saying that I loved this book!!! I am very picky when it comes to fantasy books. I do enjoy a story set in different worlds but I think my favorite would be a contemporary world set on its axis. A world where the supernatural lives along with the ordinary. Where witches are bakers and a demon is a life guard. Since it’s the first book in the Men of Myth series, I’m excited to see what happens next in the two books. You can read the rest of Lana's review at The Novel Approach

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    It started out good but then the characters' voices started to blend together and sound the same. The dialogue got sappy in the second half to the point that I started skimming. No HEA for this one, instead we're left hanging in order to buy the next book. I'm curious as to how the story progresses, but not sure if I'll buy the next one or not. Is this a YA novel? I noticed that mentioned in the other reviews. Didn't seem like a YA with some of the graphic content. It started out good but then the characters' voices started to blend together and sound the same. The dialogue got sappy in the second half to the point that I started skimming. No HEA for this one, instead we're left hanging in order to buy the next book. I'm curious as to how the story progresses, but not sure if I'll buy the next one or not. Is this a YA novel? I noticed that mentioned in the other reviews. Didn't seem like a YA with some of the graphic content.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    Lacking emotional connections. Wishy washy Brett and Clingy Finn have an insta-relationship that's based on emotions I didn't see. Their lack of compatibility keeps them on a frustrating edge of will they, won't they. The story is also full of dead end situations and experiences that don't go anywhere. Due to the heavy dose of bitterness, and after reading the samples, is not a series I'll be continuing. Lacking emotional connections. Wishy washy Brett and Clingy Finn have an insta-relationship that's based on emotions I didn't see. Their lack of compatibility keeps them on a frustrating edge of will they, won't they. The story is also full of dead end situations and experiences that don't go anywhere. Due to the heavy dose of bitterness, and after reading the samples, is not a series I'll be continuing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becky Condit

    Please leave comments for Pattycake's 4 sweet pea review at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.... “Sitting in the mess of broken toys I had landed on, for what must have been the billionth time in the past week, I sobbed. For Finn, for the pain I had caused him. For the life he hoped we would live together. For Sonia, for her death. For her having to die again one day. For me. For everything I had become. For everything I would never be.” Witches, warlocks, and werewolves, oh my! In Submerging Please leave comments for Pattycake's 4 sweet pea review at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.... “Sitting in the mess of broken toys I had landed on, for what must have been the billionth time in the past week, I sobbed. For Finn, for the pain I had caused him. For the life he hoped we would live together. For Sonia, for her death. For her having to die again one day. For me. For everything I had become. For everything I would never be.” Witches, warlocks, and werewolves, oh my! In Submerging Inferno, the first book in the new series Men of Myth, Brandon Witt has created a fascinating world where witches, warlocks, werewolves, nymphs, fairies, and many other supernatural beings live hidden among the so-called normal world of humans. Brett Wright has beenon his own since his grandfather kicked him out, then disowned him for being gay. He’s always felt isolated and different from other people without really knowing the reason why. After an incident where a young man receives strange injuries, Brett starts to wonder if he’s going insane. After an attack in which Brett almost incinerates a vampire, he runs into Finn de Morisco. As Brett and Finn look in to the question of Brett’s ancestry, they fall in love. But as they are drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery, Brett decides that their love is not enough, and leaves Finn heartbroken. This is a character driven story with a smooth plot flow that pulls you in and doesn’t turn you loose until the very end. The characters are very complex, three dimensional, and have the same hopes, dreams, confusion, and heartbreaks that we all have in our own lives, but with the supernatural seamlessly blended in. As new facts are brought to life, each character finds that who they thought they were is changed forever. The backstory does a great job of filling in any gaps in the storyline, and laying a foundation. The sex is hot, passionate, and very emotional, without being smutty. The author’s writing style is highly original, crisp, and straightforward. I REALLY like how the author skillfully builds a totally convincing world where the characters, even the supernatural ones are painted in such rich detail. The story has a bittersweet ending, but I get the feeling that this is not the end of the bigger story. I absolutely loved reading this book, and I’m eagerly looking forward to the next one. If you want a fantastic way to spend a lazy afternoon, then you definitely need to get this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    GayListBookReviews

    I keep saying that fantasy/paranormal is not my thing, but I keep finding authors that write it in a way that is impossible for me to put the book down. Dear Brandon, I was expecting the bloodbath, the scary vampire and the mythical creatures. What I was not expecting was to choke up on my emotions and end up almost crying over a demon and a warlock’s love story. I am ready for more. Love, Connie. Where to start? This book was such a trip. The writing is fabulous. The descriptions, the details the au I keep saying that fantasy/paranormal is not my thing, but I keep finding authors that write it in a way that is impossible for me to put the book down. Dear Brandon, I was expecting the bloodbath, the scary vampire and the mythical creatures. What I was not expecting was to choke up on my emotions and end up almost crying over a demon and a warlock’s love story. I am ready for more. Love, Connie. Where to start? This book was such a trip. The writing is fabulous. The descriptions, the details the author puts into every setting, it was like watching a movie. If you are a fan of fantasy, let me tell you you are in for a treat. All the mythical creatures you can think of have a place in this book. And they are not just there, they have to be there for their own reasons. Vampires, demons, warlocks (love them), witches - can't be without them, werewolves, Nymphs - so, so beautiful and… I am going to leave that one for you to find out, as it might be spoiler-ish. Anyway, as it is, it was a beautiful story. Honestly, the Nymphs were such a powerful presence. A turmoil of emotions, I found myself almost crying several times, and it was not an angsty book but Finn’s and Brett’s relationship will take over the story at some points and it just felt like there was so much going on, so many feelings at once; it overwhelmed me. Brett comes from a broken family, disowned by his grandfather, unsure of his grandmother’s stand in the whole situation. He has been on his own for a long time. Just him and his BFF, Sonia. Finn comes from a large and loving family. Loving parents, sisters that might be a bit crazy but adore each other, nephews, lots of noise, everyone caring and protecting each other. But that is not the only thing that makes Brett and Finn different, and it is not the only thing they have in common. Adrenaline running high as Brett is being stalked by a thirsty vampire, putting everyone he loves at risk. Rising questions he never thought he would be asking and discovering secrets he didn't even know existed. I wanted to smack Brett in the head, but at the same time I understand his need to find who he is, or better what he is, on his own. I just hope that once he finds what he is looking for he goes back to Finn. The author leaves us with our hearts broken, with our hopes running high and with the mother of all cliffhangers. Give Me book 2...right now! Reviewed by Connie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Brockman

    : Brett wright is twenty-three and even though his grandfather has recently passed he still feels as if he can’t go to his grandmother thinking that she too had turned him away when his grandfather did when he came out. He is also realizing that things about him seem to be changing. He has always liked being in the ocean but now he seems drawn to it. After being stalked by a strange man he sets fire to himself yet, doesn’t burn. He wakes up with a hot man that turns out to be a witch. Sound good : Brett wright is twenty-three and even though his grandfather has recently passed he still feels as if he can’t go to his grandmother thinking that she too had turned him away when his grandfather did when he came out. He is also realizing that things about him seem to be changing. He has always liked being in the ocean but now he seems drawn to it. After being stalked by a strange man he sets fire to himself yet, doesn’t burn. He wakes up with a hot man that turns out to be a witch. Sound good yet? Now add in the man stalking him is a vampire and he finds out that being gay is the least of his problems. I absolutely loved this book. There is a lot going on. It is very different from most vampire stories and it really isn’t a romance. There is a lot of dealing with inner turmoil, finding oneself, loving and losing. Brandon has such a way with description that pulls you right into the story. I felt like I was in the water with Brett, at the funeral, hurting, all of it. This is an incredible new world of paranormal with very interesting new types of creatures. I will warn you though; this story probably isn’t for everyone there is some scenes of rape and violence and its riddled with angst. I highly recommend this to anyone that likes a heartfelt story full of love, and angst, finding out what you are, new worlds, new and interesting creatures, heartache, loss, and some pretty hot man-sex. * I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vance Bastian

    On the surface you may think the first Men of Myth book, Submerging Inferno, is another “I don’t know my origin” story. You can certainly read it for that if you want. But I encourage you to read it as the story of the guy who falls in love with the mysterious hunk. Finn whose daily life as a mundane bakery warlock is turned upside down when his family sets him up to meet big, athletic, kind-hearted Brett. Brett who wards off a vampire attack by calling forth fire from within. Brett whose very ex On the surface you may think the first Men of Myth book, Submerging Inferno, is another “I don’t know my origin” story. You can certainly read it for that if you want. But I encourage you to read it as the story of the guy who falls in love with the mysterious hunk. Finn whose daily life as a mundane bakery warlock is turned upside down when his family sets him up to meet big, athletic, kind-hearted Brett. Brett who wards off a vampire attack by calling forth fire from within. Brett whose very existence seems to polarize factions within the supernatural community that previously appeared content to ignore Finn’s witch family. Brett who steals Finn’s heart completely. Brett is kind, unintentionally dangerous, and hurting. Finn falls for Brett physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And the world notices. But Finn is the one protecting Brett. And Finn is the one chasing down monsters in the night in order to uncover Brett's past. And Finn is the emotional core that Brett leans on time and again. Yeah, you should read it through Finn’s eyes. What really grabbed me about Submerging Inferno is that I know in my heart the author has notebook upon notebook of detail regarding the supernatural beings of his world, their abilities, AND their pecking order. There’s a hierarchy, and you feel reaching out to suck Brett and Finn into its machinations. I encourage you to get sucked in too… just do it for Finn.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ulysses Dietz

    I reviewed this for All About Romance...http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/boo... Witt's a good story teller. The simple story is that Brett Wright, a San Diego lifeguard, has been living with his friend Sonia for years, since being kicked out of his grandparents’ home for being gay. Unusually tall, blond and beautiful, Brett is oblivious to the possible implications of his remarkable metabolism and his affinity with the ocean and its creatures. In fairly short order, he survives a horrible date, I reviewed this for All About Romance...http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/boo... Witt's a good story teller. The simple story is that Brett Wright, a San Diego lifeguard, has been living with his friend Sonia for years, since being kicked out of his grandparents’ home for being gay. Unusually tall, blond and beautiful, Brett is oblivious to the possible implications of his remarkable metabolism and his affinity with the ocean and its creatures. In fairly short order, he survives a horrible date, only to be confronted with a previously hidden world of paranormal creatures worthy of his darkest dreams. Enter Finn de Morisco, beautiful Chicano pastry chef and beloved member of a large, noisy Encinitas family who are more than meets the eye. Finn rescues Brett from a close brush with a violent death, inadvertently plunging his entire family into a supernatural mystery that threatens everything he loves – including Brett. Witt offers us vivid characters in Brett and Finn, and indeed with all of Finn’s family, who take on distinctive shape in our minds and hearts. The two young men’s relationship seems to be evolving in tried-and-true romance fashion; but given the fact that this is the first of a series, we all know from the start that there will be no simple happy ending or easy solutions to the problems Brett and Finn face.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Brockman

    Brett Wright is twenty three and just realizing that things about him are odd and changing. His Grandfather has just died, he is feeling odd things in the ocean, he is setting fire to himself and not burning, he meets a hot man that turns out to be a witch,, and life will never be the same. Oh I forgot to mention being chased by a vampire and finding out he is at least part Demon. Brett is an interesting man. I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait for the next in the series. I do hope it sh Brett Wright is twenty three and just realizing that things about him are odd and changing. His Grandfather has just died, he is feeling odd things in the ocean, he is setting fire to himself and not burning, he meets a hot man that turns out to be a witch,, and life will never be the same. Oh I forgot to mention being chased by a vampire and finding out he is at least part Demon. Brett is an interesting man. I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait for the next in the series. I do hope it shed light on what Brett is and maybe he can find happiness. This story probably isn’t for everyone there is some scenes of rape and violence and its riddle with angst. Brandon has such a way with description that pulls you right into the story. I felt like I was in the water with Brett, at the funeral, hurting, all of it. This is an incredible new world of paranormal with very interesting new types of creatures. I highly recommend to any one that likes a heartfelt story full of love, and angst, finding out what you are, new worlds, new and interesting creatures, heartache, loss, and some pretty hot man-sex.

  24. 5 out of 5

    David Berger

    I've been a fan of fantasy my whole life, but I've never really read much about demons and witches, not together anyway. After reading this book, I'm a fan. Brett Wright has this strong yet sensitive persona that caught my interest early on, but after he meets Finn de Morisco, I was even more eager to see what would happen. The intricacies that Witt weaves throughout this novel truly impress me: the vampires, witches, nymphs, and other mythological/magical creatures exist within this world witho I've been a fan of fantasy my whole life, but I've never really read much about demons and witches, not together anyway. After reading this book, I'm a fan. Brett Wright has this strong yet sensitive persona that caught my interest early on, but after he meets Finn de Morisco, I was even more eager to see what would happen. The intricacies that Witt weaves throughout this novel truly impress me: the vampires, witches, nymphs, and other mythological/magical creatures exist within this world without question, and I think that really appealed to me. And, the internal struggle Brett faces throughout the story seems realistic to someone who might be in that situation. I truly believe his angst about his identity. To say that I enjoyed this novel would be a grand understatement -- I was ensorcelled by it, drawn to it. I'm eagerly anticipating reading the sequel, Rising Frenzy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris Silberman

    This book is so rich with both emotion and suspense that I was unable to put it down. Obviously heavily mythological, this book actually lets the characters drive the plot, rather than the mythology or magic dictate the story. Brandon is SO creative and unique in his writing both here and The Shattered Door, he's really able to capture the light behind the darkness inside each of his character's heads. I especially like how he occasionally switches perspectives between characters giving the read This book is so rich with both emotion and suspense that I was unable to put it down. Obviously heavily mythological, this book actually lets the characters drive the plot, rather than the mythology or magic dictate the story. Brandon is SO creative and unique in his writing both here and The Shattered Door, he's really able to capture the light behind the darkness inside each of his character's heads. I especially like how he occasionally switches perspectives between characters giving the reader alternate perspectives. For instance, while most of this book is from Brett's perspective, some chapters are told in the first person from Finn's perspective, allowing the reader to really get inside another main character's head. This is a beautiful, exciting, steamy, and emotional read. Eager for the second book in the series!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Excellent story! Well developed characters! LOVE! Love of Finn and Brett! But Finn is a warlock and Brett is?....so far a demon...but that is all he knows. He needs to find his missing links...his power of fire and who knows what else. The nymphs have helped. The warlocks and witches have helped him with his new found self. The story moves along smoothly and the characters are marvellous. The magical moments and descriptions of nymphs, vamps, werewolves are excellent. The author describes it as urb Excellent story! Well developed characters! LOVE! Love of Finn and Brett! But Finn is a warlock and Brett is?....so far a demon...but that is all he knows. He needs to find his missing links...his power of fire and who knows what else. The nymphs have helped. The warlocks and witches have helped him with his new found self. The story moves along smoothly and the characters are marvellous. The magical moments and descriptions of nymphs, vamps, werewolves are excellent. The author describes it as urban fantasy. It is that and so much more! I can see the nymphs! I can feel Brett's fire! I can feel him in the water! I can feel the power of the vampires! Looking forward to Book II

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I really loved this book. Not a story I would normally read. Twilight series, never caught my attention, but "Submerging Inferno" kept me captivated from the 1st chapter all the way to the end.. I loved the characters. The story would pull you into it. You could feel, the pain, the love, sadness and struggle. I like a book where I can actually just give into it, and nothing else matters. I like how I was able to picture the story line and the characters and put myself right there. Brandon has a I really loved this book. Not a story I would normally read. Twilight series, never caught my attention, but "Submerging Inferno" kept me captivated from the 1st chapter all the way to the end.. I loved the characters. The story would pull you into it. You could feel, the pain, the love, sadness and struggle. I like a book where I can actually just give into it, and nothing else matters. I like how I was able to picture the story line and the characters and put myself right there. Brandon has a very unique writing style, and I like it very much. I can't wait to read more of his books!

  28. 4 out of 5

    John Amory

    Rising Frenzy NOW PLEASE. Still gathering my thoughts. My immediate reaction is that this is a more serious, less whiny, gay version of Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries. The supernatural elements are a lot of fun, as they should be, but Brandon Witt isn't afraid to take his readers to dark places either, and I love that. Rising Frenzy NOW PLEASE. Still gathering my thoughts. My immediate reaction is that this is a more serious, less whiny, gay version of Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries. The supernatural elements are a lot of fun, as they should be, but Brandon Witt isn't afraid to take his readers to dark places either, and I love that.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Moniqee

    It started a little slow and draggy in the beginning but as the plot goes on...that's when the action started to catch my attention though the end was a little cliffhanger.... Overall, pretty interesting plot and being a paranormal lover, I look forward for the second volume of this series. It started a little slow and draggy in the beginning but as the plot goes on...that's when the action started to catch my attention though the end was a little cliffhanger.... Overall, pretty interesting plot and being a paranormal lover, I look forward for the second volume of this series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    I love this author! I'm always excited to read his work and continue to be impressed! The writing is so descriptive I find myself reading for hours at a time without realizing it. Can't wait to read more! I love this author! I'm always excited to read his work and continue to be impressed! The writing is so descriptive I find myself reading for hours at a time without realizing it. Can't wait to read more!

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