Author: ManLove Fantasies Authors
Cover Artist: Jess Buffett
Publication Date: 04/29/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal
100% OF PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO CHARITIES
that tackle homelessness in young LGBTQ people.
one story, 25 authors, infinite possibilities…
Participating authors: Stormy Glenn, Lynn Hagen, Olivia Black, Bellann Summer, Jess Buffett, Alex Carreras, Leah Blake, Cree Storm, Evelise Archer, E. A. Reynolds, Aeryn Jaden, Jane Wallace-Knight, Amara Lebel, Jordan Ashton, Berengaria Brown, Skye Michaels, Sydney Lain, Rennie Leigh, Frey Ortega, Andrew Jericho, Felicia Fern, Grace Ryles, Hennessee Andrews, Shea Balik, and Lyssa Samuels
[Siren Special Edition ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, werewolves, HEA]
Quad McDaniel’s life changed forever the night he was attacked by a wolf. Now, he turns furry every full moon. Avoiding red meat and anything that makes him aggressive is his prime goal in life. But when his convertible breaks down in some Podunk town, becoming the beast within is no longer a choice. It’s instinctive.
Gypsy Govanivinch just wants to live a quiet life in Trinity Valley, running his roadhouse tavern. He doesn’t need an overly aggressive shifter coming into his town and messing with his peaceful little world, no matter how gorgeous the man looked.
Life never asked Quad or Gypsy what they wanted. It simply gave them what they needed, whether they agreed or not. Fate brought them together but it’s up to Quad and Gypsy to stay alive long enough to appreciate what they’ve been given. And when others work to prevent that, fighting together might be the only chance they have of surviving.
I wanted to like this one so badly. I love that 100% of the proceeds are for charity. I love the concept of authors coming together to create something unique. I am a sucker for paranormal romances. This one looked to have it all and I am so sad that it did not work for me.
This book had potential. I think if one author had gotten ahold of this and really sat down and developed the characters and filled in the plot details, this one could have been great. The story itself was interesting and had promise. The world was full of fantastic creatures and setting that could have been grand if they had been given the proper attention. However, as it stands, this story was lacking and I could not finish it, even though I really wanted to.
The first thing I noticed was that this story did not flow well. Each chapter was written by a different author in a different style. Some were better than others and most needed significant content editing help. It was rather distracting to me, because often the content and character information did not mesh well. And some authors chose the sex just to have sex route, which took away from the meaning of the story.
The next thing I noticed was the abundance of over the top happenings in the story. For example, Quad’s ex hired a shifter to turn Quad and frame him for murder so that the Ex could be justified in having Quad killed. All because the Ex felt disrespected! I just felt like each new chapter brought forth a new and unexplained plot twist that sometimes had me rolling my eyes or left me confused as to why or how things happened. There was even a bad guy who cackled with glee as he told Gypsy and Quad that it was “Time to go nighty night boys” as he kidnapped them. I just couldn’t make myself keep going to find out what villainous cliche would be included next.
And that leads me to my next issue with this story. Each small setback or plot point was miraculously resolved almost instantly and with the PERFECT solution. Such as Quad’s maker showing up in the exact location Quad was staying after his car broke down, and right after Quad decided to go back to his hometown to search for him. Then Gypsy’s grandfather, whom he has never met and supposedly hates half breeds, shows up in the perfect time to save Gypsy and Quad’s life. And Lonny, the big bad baddy, shows up just when the good guys are mounting a plan of action to save Quad. It was just too perfect and took away any desire I had for reading farther when I knew everything would be resolved perfectly.
I also never really got a grasp of what was going on. I think the authors were going for mysterious by purposely having Gypsy keep quiet about his past and about the shifters and by having everything alluded to, but in the end it just came across as annoyingly secretive and I just did not understand the point of it all. Gypsy kept talking about how he has no experience with shifters, yet he alludes to having a history with Alpha shifters. Poor Quad kept asking question about his new nature, but got answers for everything else. I just didn’t understand why no one would tell him anything, yet everyone seemed to immediately know who and what he was!
Finally, I never formed a connection to the characters or the storyline. Things were just too easy and too underdeveloped for me. The mating was not only rushed but unbelievable in its simplicity. The overall plot was over the top without explanations as to why it needed to be so. There were so many bad guys and role reversals that I lost track. But the biggest thing was that I just did not desire to know more, I lost interest in the outcome. Maybe things got better in the end, but I just could not read any more.
Maybe if this was taken over by one author or editor and better developed it would be a decent read, but as it stands, it is unfocused and I just can’t recommend this to anyone. Maybe you can suspend belief and just go with it, but it was too much for me.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
|This post may contain affiliate links.
|Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews. The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.|