Hmm. This story was only recently completed, so it's been awhile since I've read the bulk of it.
The first 10 chapters are pretty rough. All the warni...moreHmm. This story was only recently completed, so it's been awhile since I've read the bulk of it.
The first 10 chapters are pretty rough. All the warnings you see, you should take to heart. Torture, cruelty, bestiality, gratuitous violence and extreme humiliation...it goes pretty much non-stop for the first 50% of this story. It was hard for me to read, I'm not gonna lie, but I got through it with the expectation that the story was going somewhere better...that the fantasy world and storyline would be further developed and expanded beyond the narrow confines of the cabin in which the Neko is tortured. Unfortunately, that never really happens to my satisfaction.
I don't want to give too much away, but things start to get exciting (and better for the Neko) at Chapter 11. At the time, I thought to myself, "Now the story will really get started." Eh. Not so much. Don't get me wrong, I liked the last 10 chapters MUCH more than the first 10. The story picked up, and I thought we were really getting somewhere. But unfortunately, it kinda fizzles out at the end. To be honest, I got the feeling that the author was having trouble figuring out where to go with the story or perhaps just trouble wanting to go anywhere further with the story. So instead of the story taking off, as I had expected, it just sorta...stops.
Ultimately, I appreciate that the author managed to "complete" the story instead of leaving it unfinished like so many other slash authors might do...but at the same time, I can't help but feel disappointed that it didn't go any further. And unfortunately, I think a lot of people who have issues with all the sexual torture won't be able to see past that when it takes up such a huge percentage of the book.(less)
If I had a "WTF?!" shelf (as I've heard mention of lately by some of the folk on my Friends list), then this book would definitely be on it.
The basic...moreIf I had a "WTF?!" shelf (as I've heard mention of lately by some of the folk on my Friends list), then this book would definitely be on it.
The basic premise of the story was certainly intriguing enough to catch my interest: Will Ambrose, a popular gay radio host, runs from an abusive relationship with a closeted cop...straight into the arms of Cobalt, a banished Fae making his living in the human world as a much-sought-after tattoo artist.
Sounds good, right? If only.
Well, in order to proceed, one must suspend all disbelief. To put things plainly, I pretty much felt as if all the action and all the characters' decisions were completely unbelievable. Warning: Rant ahead with lots of spoilers...
(view spoiler)[So first, as if Will's crazy/abusive ex isn't enough, Cobalt the Fae ALSO just so happens to have a crazy/abusive/stalker ex. Super likely, right? Um, no. Will's ex is an in-the-closet cop. And Cobalt's ex is the King of the Unseelie, who wants Cobalt back for some unknown (and never explained) reason. Way too much contrived drama without proper development.
Next, the impetus for Will and Cobalt getting together is Will getting the shit beat out of him by the evil cop BF. Ok, that I could deal with...except for the fact that Will and Cobalt didn't even know each other!! I mean, they had met once, and briefly at that. So why does Will run to Cobalt after a night of serious abuse and rape?? I have no idea. It's completely unbelievable to me that Will - a popular local radio host - wouldn't have any other actual friends he could turn to. The one "friend" he has is his lady radio show producer friend, who he doesn't want to involve in his problems for fear of the BF tracking her down. And don't even get me started on all the nonsense about "I can't go to the police because my boyfriend is the police." What a load of crap.
Now let me mention how Will and Cobalt start doing the nasty like a day after Will just got beat down and raped. Ok, right. (I'm rolling my eyes like crazy here.)
I'll skip over a couple other eye-rolling moments and move on to the end-ish of the story. So Will gets himself arrested in a completely unbelievable debacle, is sitting in an interrogation room (after having been beat up by the police who arrested him...yeah, ok, *eye roll*) and guess who walks in? The evil ex-BF cop. Of course. Evil ex-BF acts all nice and tells Will he wants to help get him out of this situation, make his arrest disappear so he doesn't go to prison. Will just has to go with him. And guess what? Will DOES. A classic TSTL moment. (TSTL = to stupid to live...thanks Jenre!) And when evil ex tells Will he has to keep him handcuffed (handcuffed!) for appearances, Will just keeps going along with it! Unbelievable!
Skip ahead again. Big spoiler: Will's evil cop ex gets dead and Will escapes. But there is absolutely no follow-up or mention of this afterwards. Evil ex copper walked right out of a police station with Will, basically kidnapped him, then ends up dead, and there is no police follow-up? Will just goes on with his happy life in the end. Agh!
I could go on, but the more I think about it, the more annoyed I feel. (hide spoiler)]
Bottom Line: Technically speaking, not bad, and definitely some good ideas. However, WAY too many WTF/TSTL moments, underdeveloped plotlines, and lots of loose ends. Simply not my cup of tea.
Totally engrossing fantasy read. Honestly, I just couldn't put the book down, and when I was finally finished, I found myself wishing for more. Top qu...moreTotally engrossing fantasy read. Honestly, I just couldn't put the book down, and when I was finally finished, I found myself wishing for more. Top quality work. And the gorgeous cover doesn't hurt either.
HOWEVER, this is definitely not for everyone. There are some great reviews written for this book, so be sure to take a look at them, and take note of the warnings. (I particularly enjoy Ann Somerville's review on this page.)(less)