Author: E.E. Ottoman
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/02/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Erotica, Historical, Menage/Poly, Paranormal
At the beginning of the Great Depression Lawrence Eugene Davis returns to his family’s ranch to set his father’s affairs in order. But the house stirs memories of his unhappy childhood and his miserable time in the trenches. Memories are not the only thing woken, however, and Lawrence finds himself hunted and eventually overcome by the sinister presence.
Salvation comes at the eleventh hour in the form of a stranger who claims he can rid Lawrence of the demon threatening to possess him—but in exchange he wants Lawrence for himself.
Second Edition 2015 – First published Storm Moon Press 2013
I have read several books by E.E. Ottoman and I have enjoyed them. They have a very precise writing style and the historical references are always spot on and add to the stories immensely. This, however was not to be one of their books I really enjoyed.
I have to say that part of the problem was that I had a proof copy, which means you have to allow for some errors, but my copy was very choppy. I notice this is a second edition I wonder if several sections or passages had been removed because the continuity was all over the place.
That having been said my rating and review is not based on the copy I received. This is an erotic novella and a lot of sex is to be expected where one of the protagonists is an ‘incubus’ but I did not feel the heat or intensity I would expect in this sub genre. I think this is because the characters were a little flat…Lawrence refers back to the war in his thoughts, but we never learn why he is ashamed of being called a ‘hero’, which is mentioned on several occasions. His emotional baggage and scarring does not transfer to the reader – in fact apart from his physical pain – we know little about how Lawrence really feels about anything. Billy is supposed to be sweet and kind and gorgeous, but he somehow comes across as ‘simple’ to use the vernacular of the time, and a little irritating.
Elijah, the incubus, is the best written character by far but this maybe because there is a lot of sex to write about which includes Elijah plus, he is the resident paranormal expert and fighter. I liked Elijah because his motivations were clear for the first half of the book. Unfortunately, they too became less clear when his feelings change towards the other two MCs. There is a duststorm in the middle of the story and the descriptions surrounding this are by far the best part of this novella – I wanted more but the agricultural dustbowl, and economic depression is only touched upon.
The Possession of Lawrence Eugene Davis feels like it had the bones of a fascinating story but wasn’t followed through. E.E.Ottoman is someone I admire greatly so please remember this review, as always, is my opinion and I would love many readers to prove me wrong.
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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