Rarely Pure and Never Simple by Angel Martinez ~ Book Review by Teresa

Rarely-Pure-and-Never-SimpleTitle: Rarely Pure and Never Simple

Author: Angel Martinez

Publisher: MLR Press

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Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/01/2013

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, M/M Romance, Science Fiction


A search for missing children throws a misanthropic human GPS and an obnoxious human torch together in a struggle to survive dangerous conpiracies and each other.

Damien just wants to be left alone. Too bad his variant talent as a locator makes him the go-to contractor for the government’s missing person cases. He can refuse, but it’s not so easy when the missing are variant kids. Blaze Emerson is a sparker. People fear him as much for his ability to call fire as his obnoxious, violent temperament. He’s good at what he does, though, and he’s intrigued by the quiet man who can find people with his brain. Conspiracies, treachery, and wild rumors are only the start. First Damien and Blaze have to survive each other.

My View:

I have become a big fan of Angel Martinez’s work. She has great imagination whether her subject matter is fae and old mythology or future and more science fiction. Rarely Pure and Never Simple is no exception.

With her re-imaginings of mutant like powers and a dystopian future, this book kept me engaged and entertained. There was plenty of action and suspense as they traveled and searched, many different personalities that they encountered, both good and bad, plus there was the romance and caring that developed between Blaze and Damien.

I enjoyed Blaze’s snark and brash attitude. I also liked Damien’s quieter demeanor and liked how they complimented each other. There wasn’t an abundance of sex, but what was there served to show their caring and need for each other.

I liked the quote from which the title comes:

“But the truth, as the playwright said, is rarely pure and never simple.”

I would love to read more about this couple, but though this is listed as first in a series, it was written in 2013, so I’m not sure when, if ever, there will be more. Don’t let that stop you from reading this book, however. It does not need a sequel, it would just be nice.


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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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