Author: Susanna Hays
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/16/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Horror, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Yori Tanaka lives with crippling anxiety, knowing he carries the “Beast Syndrome” gene yet still unsure what activates it. Thankfully, his boyfriend, Bryce Green, is down to earth and has been more than patient and supportive for the last five years.
But their lives are about to change. When Lance Haney, an old friend, rolls into town, Yori is excited to see him at first—until Yori learns Lance’s motives. Full of malice and bad intentions, Lance plans to activate Yori’s “Beast Syndrome” gene, and Yori’s greatest fear is about to become a reality.
Going into my reading of Stalked by Susanna Hays, I knew it was going to be either really good or really bad. I hoped for the former but was sadly left with the story solidly in the latter camp.
First of all, Yori is one of the most annoying characters I have read in a while. I understand he has severe anxiety. I don’t need it beat into my brain every other line. I suffer from anxiety, so I understand the thought processes. However, as severe as Yori’s is, he needs more that a boyfriend who is fond of fixing people.
Speaking of the boyfriend; I never got the feeling that their relationship was a healthy one for either man. Heck, I barely believed they had a relationship other than caretaker and subject. Even in the end, when the baddy was gone, and they were making a go of things, the relationship just fell flat for me.
So the baddy, Lance. What can I say about him? I don’t get him at all. The reasoning for his obsession with Yori was weak at best and completely illogical at worst. Then when Lance finally catches up to Yori, he is suddenly trusting and pliant? Umm, no. He would have been running the other way. I don’t want to get into specifics that might reveal too much, but I thought Lance actually took away from the story. When the antagonist takes away from the story; you have a problem.
I think the main issue is the author was fighting a battle on two fronts in the very confining format of a novella. You had Yori’s battle with himself and his fears as well as Yori’s issues with Lance. Neither conflicts were fully fleshed out. As such, we were never able to connect with Yori or truly fear Lance.
Stalked had a great concept. Unfortunately, the execution left me wanting.
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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