Bobby and the Beast: A Gay Twink Romance Fairy Tale by Mark Pace ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

bobbybeastTitle: Bobby and the Beast: A Gay Twink Romance Fairy Tale

Author: Mark Pace

Publisher: LoveLight Press

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/26/2015

Length: Novella

Genre: Fantasy, Gay Fiction, Historical, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Beauty. Beast. Not your grandma’s fairy tale…

Prince Christopher is as conceited as he is handsome. After his overwhelming ego offends an evil sorcerer, Christopher is robbed of the source of all his arrogance: his looks. Transformed into a hideous beast, Prince Christopher has only a limited time to fulfill a near-impossible condition or the curse will remain with him forever.

Bobby Farmer is a stunning and innocent twink. When Bobby’s father is imprisoned as a trespasser at Prince Christopher’s castle, Bobby offers himself in his father’s place, and Prince Christopher accepts the brave young man’s deal.

It isn’t long before a friendship begins to blossom between the happy-go-lucky Bobby and the newly-humbled Prince. Friendship isn’t enough to lift the sorcerer’s shapeshifting curse, and unless Prince Christopher can win Bobby’s heart, his fate will be sealed… But as the Prince-turned-beast wonders, how can a man whose beauty is more than skin-deep ever come to love a creature such as himself?

My View:

I have to admit up front that I struggled to get into the story at first as the writing was very choppy and simplistic. It was so over the top and didn’t flow well that I almost put it down. But once I realized that the author meant this to be a satire, I was able to look past the gratuitous melodrama and enjoy the fun nature of things.

Overall, this story read like a comedic bastardization of the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast. The characters were over the top and wildly melodramatic. There was a strange yet interesting mix of fantasy historical speak (“Hark, who goes there?”) and modern day ideals such as working out for a fit body. It helped point out the fluffy nature of the story and clued me into the fact that I did not need to take this seriously.

Even though I knew that this was meant to be a satire, there were pacing issues and holes in the story that often had me questioning things and scratching my head. Like the first half of the story was very much the set-up and getting Bobby to the Beast’s home. But then instantly the story hit its peak and began towards resolution with a few sentences that indicated that Bobby was becoming enamored with the Beast. I did not understand why it was handled this way. I know the author was trying to focus on the satirical nature of things, but there was still a love story in there that was the heart of this fairy tale, and it was glossed over. There was so much that could have been done to make this more cohesive and still retain the comedic nature of things.

The often stilted manner of writing disrupted the flow and pulled me out of things quite a few times. With paragraphs like

“A thick rope hung to the right of the large wooden door. The toll wrapped both hands around the fancy knot at the end of the rope. The troll put forth considerable effort yanking on the rope. He heard the bells echo inside the castle.

The pealing bells startled the handsome prince who owned the castle as he reclined in his reading room. “Who could be ringing the bells at this late hour on a stormy night such as this?” he said as he rose and looked out the window.”

I struggled to see the humor as I was too busy focusing on the awkward sentence structures and obvious telling not showing. There were times that I could easily see the way the author was trying to be funny on purpose, but other times, it got lost while I tried to figure out the wording.
In the end, I enjoyed this play on a beloved fairy tale, but felt the structural issues overshadowed what the author was trying to accomplish. This appears to be the author’s first published work. There is potential there but needs a bit of coaching. 3 stars for what was there and the potential but there needed to be a bit better editing for the book to get those 2 other stars.

Links

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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