Title ~ Of Monsters and Men
Author ~ Caitlin Ricci
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 20th May 2015
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
Seth’s life looks idyllic on the surface. He has a great job at the pet rescue with a fantastic boss, who happens to be a werewolf. He is getting his degree at the local university and has a best friend who understands that the most intimate thing for Seth is a kiss. But when it comes to relationships, Seth’s perfect life is a jumbled mess. No guy stays around because eventually, they always want more than Seth, who is asexual, is able to give. Seth wants love and a relationship, but not the sex that everyone puts so much value on.
Seth tries for something more with the man he has a crush on, but when that ends Seth feels like he's back to square one. So when his boss's brother, Jeremy, pushes his way into Seth’s life, insisting that he won’t press for more than Seth is comfortable sharing, Seth is wary. All of Seth’s experience says it won’t last long. But Jeremy is one werewolf who is used to getting his way, and might just be patient enough to wait for Seth to see he means what he says.
Seth works at A Forever Home, does online classes and goes to therapy and is an asexual. He likes touching, likes being touched in a non-sexual way, but he doesn't like it when things get taken any further. He had a comfortable semi-relationship with Ryan, his roommate, until the man drugged him. He thought he could have something going with Peter, a Fae, who runs the chocolate shop, but it seemed the man wasn't as au fait with his lack of sex stance as he had made out.
Jeremy is Seth's boss’s brother and always thinks about sex. He's a werewolf but he reckons he never gets the chance to cuddle.
"But this isn't permanent...I'm not out. We're not together, and I'm a werewolf."
Jeremy is a complex character and Seth isn't the only one who has trouble figuring him out. The guy gets hard just like anyone else, has sex, but claims he gets the same high going for a run and seems to be really cynical about the sex he does have.
"What do you think actually happens when people have sex? That there's some magical ephiphany of love, and it ties you to someone else forever?"
Jeremy's problem is his 'gift' and yes you will need to read the book to find out about that. It stops him getting close to people, and it stops him from truly caring about others. Seth learns about it but doesn't care. He likes Jeremy for the way he makes him feel and that is important. Overall, I wasn't sure what to make of this story. It seemed like most of the time the two men didn't get along, and yet...yes there were a couple of scenes that made me think that they did. Obviously there is no hot sex in this book, Seth doesn't like it. But Jeremy seemed far more accepting of it than anyone else and personally I would love to see it Seth did get all of the things he dreamed about. The story ended far too soon.