Friday, March 24, 2017

Pre-Release Book Brief: Fierce by Rob Rosen

fierceTitle ~ Fierce

Author ~ Rob Rosen

Publisher ~ JMS Books

Published ~ 25th March 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romantic Comedy, Fantasy

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Synopsis

Lucas has a typical life -- apart from being abandoned as a baby, raised by wolves, and having super powers. Still, inside, he feels like two people, both vying for control of himself. He’s a superhero and a nerdy college freshman. He’s both feral and tame. He wants to do good in the world and, at the same time, he wants to do nothing. And most of all, he wants to find his birth parents.
In this comedic tale of romance, mystery, and adventure, our hero is joined by his hunky boyfriend, his acerbic boss, an uptight college science professor, and his ex-boyfriend/once crime-fighting partner -- not to mention a whole pack of wolves -- to help foil his nemesis and uncover the secrets of his past to save his future.

 

Freya’s Book Brief

In a nutshell, this is a superhero comedy. Lucas was abandoned as a child, raised by wolves and has super powers. Where’s the comedy in that? WELL, it’s in the very makeup of our hero. This ditty is told in the first person directly to the reader, as though he’s in the room.

Lucas is a larger than life character, and that comes through with every word he speaks. Like many people, he has favoured words. In Lucas’s case, they’re, eventually, I mean, in fact, huh, and in other words. While talking, Lucas also gets distracted by the odd bright light moment. But, considering his upbringing, Lucas seems well adjusted.

Speaking of his upbringing, there are many stories from him about being found, growing up, teenage years, becoming a hero, etc. Lucas has an ego, but he knows it and is funny with it. There’s also plenty of innuendoes, double meanings and phrases that made me chuckle, such as, ‘a bunny sipping coke’. He is brutally honest, up front, and enjoys using fucking as a distraction. The story has a Deadpool feel about it, without the slick.

If Lucas were a guest at your house, the moment he left, you’d flop on the settee and have a stiff drink, then look forward to the next visit. Because, for all his quick wit and bluntness, and occasionally wanting to slap him, something about him wins you over.

The main plot involves Lucas investigating his heritage, which has farther reaching consequences than he thought. This journey, has plenty of smiling places, wolf encounters, and a super extended cast. Lucas finds himself betrayed, thrown aside for ambition's sake, life lessons, befriended and eventually finds out who his true friends are.

I feel rather guilty about not leaving a longer review. But this is a story that has to be experienced. It’s quirky, different, thoroughly egotistical and has emotional ups and downs; I suspect it will be a guilty pleasure for many.

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Connect with Rob Rosen

Rob Rosen is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Sparkle: The Queerest Book You'll Ever Love, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Divas Las Vegas, which was the winner of the 2010 TLA Gaybies for Best Gay Fiction, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort, Fate, which was the winner of the 2016 TRR Readers' Choice Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy as well as a 2016 Rainbow Awards Finalist for Best Gay Romantic Comedy, Midlife Crisis, and Fierce. His short stories have appeared in more than 200 anthologies. You can find 20 of them in his erotic romance anthology, Good & Hot. He is also the editor of Lust in Time: Erotic Romance Through the Ages, Men of the Manor, Best Gay Erotica 2015 and Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volumes 1 and 2 and 3.

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