So imagine my surprise when I made it to the end of the story and actually really ENJOYED it. Huh. Who knew, right? (Just goes to show my mom was right and that I should always keep an open mind. But let’s not tell her that, shall we? That’d just open up a big old can of worms and force me to analyze a bunch of other things I’ve done that she warned me not to do, and that could go on for DAYS.) But, anyhoo, about the story…
Here’s what I love:
If I was going to be critical (which, let’s face it, I pretty much always am), I guess I’d have to point out that Andrew and Edmund arguably fall into an instalove situation. I kind of understand it, though. I mean, Andrew has been alone for a long time without any companionship, so it makes sense that he’d very quickly fall for the first man he’s come across in a while who wasn’t a bloodthirsty cannibal. Edmund’s feelings and motivations are a bit harder to discern.
And because of the length, I’d have to also point out that character development is at a minimum in the story. It’s only part 1 in a series, so I cut the author some slack on that one, too. But the length of the story, in combination with the instalove-esque elements, makes this book arguably more “erotica” than “romance”. I think romance readers will still enjoy the story, but romance readers who don’t have much of an adventurous side might want to steer clear of this one. (And just so you can’t say I didn’t warn you, the ending is more of a happy-for-now than happily-ever-after.)
But, minor nitpicks notwithstanding, this was a unique, easy read about two super interesting (and possibly sociopathic) heroes. I’d happily read the next book in the series. (I’m kind of wondering if Andrew and Edmund go on a Bonnie and Clyde-style murder spree at some point. Oh, the marvelous possibilities!)
Long-story-short: it’s worth a 1-click.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
This one is so far from typical that it spits in the face of the romance stigma!
Other reading suggestions
Other paranormal/historical M/M romances? Sorry. I got nothin’.