Monday, August 21, 2017

Blog Tour: The Druid Next Door by EJ Russell #Review #Giveaway

Author: EJ Russell
Book: The Druid Next Door
Series: Fae Out Of Water #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Publication date: August 21, 2017
Length: 360 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Professor Bryce MacLeod has devoted his entire life to environmentalism. But how effective can he be in saving the planet when he can’t even get his surly neighbor to separate his recycling?

Former Queen’s Enforcer Mal Kendrick doesn’t think his life could get any worse: he’s been exiled from Faerie with a cursed and useless right hand. When he’s not dodging random fae assassins in the Outer World, he’s going toe-to-toe with his tree-hugging neighbor. And when he discovers that the tree hugger is really a druid, he’s certain the gods have it in for him—after all, there’s always a catch with druids. Then he’s magically shackled to the man and expected to instruct him in Supernatural 101.

All right, now things couldn’t possibly get worse.

Until a mysterious stranger offers a drunken Mal the chance to gain back all he’s lost—for a price. After Mal accepts, he discovers the real catch: an ancient secret that will change his and Bryce’s life forever.

Ah, what the hells. Odds are they won’t survive the week anyway.

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Oh how I love this series! The Druid Next Door is book two in EJ Russell’s Fae Out Of Water series. You can read it as a standalone but I highly recommend reading book one (Cutie and the Beast) I feel the world building progresses so beautifully to really appreciate it you should start from the beginning.

In this book Mal (who you meet in book one) is trying to live out his curse and exile in as much peace as possible. It’s near impossible when his neighbor is super eco-friendly and trying to preserve the wetlands in their backyard. Of course he’s a Druid and of course he doesn’t realize it.

Okay, so I don’t want to give anything away and I feel if I tried it would only confuse the issue. We are following a story arch (another reason to read book one) As I said before the world building is wonderful. The realms that are involved, the magic, how it all incorporates with the outcome of everything… it’s amazing.

There are a lot of characters but this book, as well as the last one, is duel POV and it’s not confusing with secondaries. Each book adds more characters but all are vitally important to the plot.
I highly recommend this book and series for those who adore high fantasy with a twist of real world!

About the Fae Out of Water Series

Once upon a time, there were three brothers, nobles of the Seelie Court of Faerie, who set out to seek their fortunes. The eldest—

Scratch that. Rrrrrewind.

Nowadays, when tales are told in 140 character bursts on tiny LED screens, rather than spun out by the glow of a midnight campfire, even Faerie’s elite have to get with the program.

The Kendrick brothers have traded longbow for briefcase, battle steed for Harley, and enchanted harp for electric guitar.  But while they’re finding their feet in the modern world, instead of finding their fortunes, they stumble straight into love.


Check out Fae Out of Water! Riptide Publishing

About E.J. Russell

E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.

E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

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To celebrate the release of all three books in the Fae Out of Water series, one lucky winner across all three tours will receive a GRAND PRIZE of a $50 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 23, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Druid Next Door tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. Great review! Thank you for the chance!

  2. I'm loving this series so far!

  3. Thanks for the review!


  4. Congrats on the new book release in the series. It looks and sounds wonderful.
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  5. Thanks for the review!
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  6. AJ Russell is a new to me author. Can't wait to try the book.


  7. I am so looking forward to reading these books.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  8. Book 1 was a total 5 star, for me. I can't wait to read this. Bought it today, as soon as I saw it was live and I'll be devouring it asap. Thanks for the giveaway -

    1. Thank you, Elaine! (Your review of Cutie and the Beast made my month--it was the first one up, so it made the lead-up to release day far less stressful for me. So thank you for that, too!)

  9. Would love the chance

  10. Ahhh okay so I totally LOVE stories about enviromentalists for some strange reason, and this also has fae???? How have I not heard of this book before?! Great review! I have to read this.

    marianneereads (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Not only an environmentalist, Marianne, but a crusading environmentalist! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Thank you so much for hosting me today, Meredith, and for the lovely review! You've helped make my release day fabulous!

  12. sounds like a great series, added to my wishlist


  13. Congrats on the new release! I've heard great things about this book from a friend.

  14. Congrats!! And thank you for the chance!
    Alexu1 ama at gmail dot com

  15. Thanks for the review. Cutie & the Beast was great & I look forward to continuing the series!
    legacylandlisa at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you, Lisa! I hope you enjoy Mal and Bryce's story!

  16. Congratulations on the new release.
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  17. Congrats, E.J., and thanks for the good review, Meredith. This sounds like a great series. I love fantasy and fae, and to put them in a modern setting with all that entails will be a joy to read about. - Purple Reader,
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