King of the Seas by Nathan Bay ~ Book Review by Queue

Title: King of the Seas

Author: Nathan Bay

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Nathan Bay

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/17/2017

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

Plunge into the icy dark waters of the San Francisco bay with this gay erotic tale of murder, mutiny, and mermen.

Carlos Santiago is a man on the edge of sanity. After battling cancer, he’s developed an obsession with death, fearful that it’s lurking behind every shadow, waiting to steal his last breath. Then a sexy encounter with an alluring merman turns his world upside down and gives him new hope for the future.

But escaping his former boyfriend, Dr. Tyson Thorne, won’t be so easy. When Carlos discovers shocking medical experiments were taking place behind his back, he embarks on a race against time to unlock the mystery of the doctor’s secrets before he gets caught.

With danger threatening him at every turn, can Carlos escape the hands of death a second time? And can he trust his new merman love interest when everyone around him seems to be hiding a dark secret? Find out in KING OF THE SEA, the tantalizing new gay erotica thriller by Nathan Bay.

My View:

I had a hard time figuring out what to write about this book and I was torn about what to rate it.

There was the possibility of this being a great story but there was just sooo crammed into the pages that it was hard to figure out what was going on. There’s a line in the book that kind of sums it up in an odd and confusing way.

If a pregnant prisoner was really in the guesthouse, the merman with sexual healing powers had to be in the ocean.

Yes, this story has a mad scientist, a pregnant man being held prisoner AND a merman. Talk about a jumble of tropes. That was one of my main issues with the book. Just too much.

The story centers on Carlos, a cancer survivor, who is unhappy in his relationship with Tyson. Carlos visits the beach to think about things and ends up falling into the ocean where he is saved by a merman. The merman not only saves his life but also takes away some of the pain left over from losing a testicle to cancer.

As if that isn’t strange enough Carlos goes home, has a fight with Tyson, breaks into Tyson’s office and finds a young man being held prisoner and pregnant.

The odd plot points could’ve been saved with some strong writing and while Bay shows the possibility of being a great writer, it doesn’t come through here. There’s a lot of dialogue between Carlos and Burke, the prisoner, about how they should deal with Tyson and his experimenting but none of it shows any urgency. They discuss things like they’re talking about going grocery shopping. As a result I just couldn’t buy the preposterous plot. It’s the author’s job to sell readers on stuff like this and in that regard Bay failed.

The story gets even more convoluted regarding the origin of the merman and his species and it was hard to follow it all. In this case I think a simpler explanation would’ve worked better.

The author has a strong imagination and I didn’t find any major grammatical or punctuation errors, which I can’t say for several other books I’ve read recently. I’ll definitely read other books by Bay and hope he goes with a simpler, less confusing plot.

Links

King of the Seas on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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

Farewell Giveaway
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