Ellora’s Cave, $5.95, ISBN 978-1419919473
Fantasy Erotica, 2009
This review originally appeared on The Naughty Bits, which is sadly no longer around. It’s now here with Teddypig’s permission.
You know what I hate? You know what I really hate?
Here I was reading probably one of the few M/M sci-fi romances I have read lately featuring a hot sexy Native American truck driver (I LOVE THAT!) and OK OK so the love interest is this poor abused young runaway kid. The cover, while it is hot, does not show this huge age difference too well by the way.
Anyway, so it’s a road story with lot’s of miles to cover and it’s excellent because let’s face the fact these can be boring stories but this so works here because of the sci-fi stuff. You guys did a superb job world building and a great job writing these characters with depth and the action parts were fun.
Up to and including chapter 10 I can easily say this story was so getting a Grade B or even the rare Grade A.
Then the authors tacked on 6 more chapters of WTF.
I just did not understand why we needed to see all the mundane aftermath and to drag it out like that. I mean who the fuck cares if the runaway kid needs to get tested for STDs? Or how he called into some radio talk show to recount his adventures? Do we really have to see it? Did it really add anything? I don’t think it did.
Could we have wrapped up everything that happens after the heart pumping great escape in a epilogue or something? I hate to be such a party pooper. It’s not like the authors are the only writers out there that have done this. I was just enjoying the story so much and was disappointed to see it go so far past the natural ending. I skimmed through like the last three chapters and I don’t think I missed anything important. Grade D.