Author ~ Jake C. Wallace
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 13th February 2017
Genre ~ M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy
As prince of the Anzuni demon clan, Jerricho’s entire life has been planned for him. At twenty-five, he will become the crown prince of the Anzuni, marry a man chosen by his parents, and bear his husband’s children all without choice. If that wasn’t enough, he must remain a virgin until his wedding night. To do otherwise would spark an unimaginable scandal.
With only ten months until his twenty-fifth birthday, the walls close in on Jerry, and the realization that he will lose his small apartment, his job at the library, and his freedom hits hard. But that’s nothing compared to losing the man he loves. Rex is a smart and sexy construction foreman with a keen interest in demon “mythology.” When Jerry and Rex give in to spending one night together, their indiscretion can’t be kept secret for long. But that’s only the beginning of their problems.
Someone wants to harness the power of Jerry’s bloodline and his ability to conceive—someone with designs on horrifying experiments, sex slavery, and murder. Jerry and Rex are at the mercy of power-hungry sadists. With no one left to trust, they must fight for each other, their freedom—and their unborn child.
First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2015.
Whilst this wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read it definitely wasn’t the worst by any means. I was going to give it a 4* but it got the extra .5* for making me cry – more than once.
Right from the start, I felt Jerry’s pain. All he wanted was to be free of his family’s strict traditions. He yearned to be free to love as he chose, even though he knew that could never happen. He fell hard and suffered for it, then the unthinkable happens and he gets pregnant his very first time. That was never going to end well, especially when the man he was supposed to have married turns out to be a narcissistic psychopath.
I definitely did not see the twist coming. I’d been pretty certain we hadn’t seen the last of Ty, and given the title, I thought there might have been a kidnapping involved, but wow, what actually happened surprised the heck out of me.
There were times when the story was a bit preachy and sometimes when it was jerky but on the whole it flowed nicely. It was plumped up with plenty of emotion – obviously as it made me cry – although I felt there could have been a little more description. I was pleased, though, because I often find myself on the other side of the window, and if a book is going to have a flaw I would much prefer it to be too little description than too little emotion.
I particularly liked the characterization in this book. All the characters, good and bad, main and supporting, are fleshed out and complex. Jerry is a complete mess, Rex is a solid, dependable influence and Kevin is…well, always right. I have a “thing” about richness of character and dialogue. If a book can’t engage me with the characters then no matter how good the story is or how fine the quality of the writing, it’s lost me. The characters here were so engaging and their dialogue, on the whole, was natural and flowed well. When it was meant to be formal it sometimes wandered into stilted or preachy, but this was the only time it fell down.
The second half of the book was a shock. I didn’t see the twist coming and it took me a while to adjust. From there on the surprises kept coming and there were times when I felt a little overwhelmed and lost what was actually going on. It seemed as if as soon I got things straight in my head, something came along and shook them all up again, until I didn’t know what was truth and what wasn’t, and the truth I did know – or thought I knew – was utterly confusing. It sounds frustrating and annoying and in another book it might have been, but somehow the strength of the characters and the story kept me going when things got complex, and it all got sorted out in the end. Kind of.
The excitement never let up and bowled me along to the very last page, and my biggest complaint about this book is that it ended. I very much hope I’ll get to read more about Jerry, Rex and Michael at some point.
If you’re looking for a straightforward, sweet romance, stay away from this book or you’ll hurt your brain. If you’re looking for something more complex with a lot of story and a need to keep on your mental toes, then get excited for this one.