Book Review – Blind Stud by Havan Fellows

King of Hearts #1, Pulp Friction 2015 #2
Blurb:
In a world where supernatural creatures openly exist, who can blame them for coalescing in one of the most fascinating and erotic places on earth? Welcome to New Orleans.

Laurant likes sex…

Maybe that’s an understatement, pleasures of the flesh are more than enjoyment, they’re a necessity. He’d starve without them. Problem is, he isn’t attracted to women, and in his family, if you get your sex from men, you’re the wrong type of demon. The (unfortunate) life of an incubus isn’t all orgies and orgasms.

That life is about to get a lot more interesting, though, when he catches sight of a lost and alone human who definitely needs his help…doesn’t hurt that he’s hot as the NOLA summer with just as many mysteries about him.

A stranger to himself…

What are you supposed to do when you blink your eyes and realize you have no idea who or where you are? Pretty sure the answer isn’t trust a sex demon with your life…all things considered that may be the lesser of two evils…

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U634T2Q from Appleton Avenue Publishing

Blind Stud by Havan Fellows is part of the Pulp Friction shared universe. Four authors—Lee Brazil, Havan Fellows, Parker Williams, and Laura Harner—each continue a part of the story with their own characters, who also show up in other books within the universe.

I love the serial format of these series and the way each section fits together. It was great seeing Sabine and Bart from Jack of Spades at the poker game, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the rest of the characters and how their stories all fit together.

This part of the Pulp Friction 2015 universe is Laurant and Gun’s story. Although this story is about an incubus, the sex isn’t gratuitous, and the story has a strong plot and really good characterisation. I love Laurant, his humour and attitude. Both he and Gun are likeable characters, and Gun, with his amnesia is intriguing. Not only is there the question of who he is, but what he is, as his reaction to Laurant and his abilities is definitely not expected.

The world building expands more with this addition to the series too. There’s a wider look at this world, and I loved the fact that there were rules governing the preternaturals. For example, incubuses cannot feed until they suck a human dry, so most of them are on a sort of ‘diet’, just enough to survive but not enough to feel truly satisfied. This opens up a whole set of consequences which I’m looking forward to seeing pan out.

Like the previous book Drawing Dead, this instalment ends of another cliffhanger of sorts, which works really well in making the reader want more.

I’d highly recommend Blind Stud to readers who love urban fantasy with likeable characters, a plot with a few twists which asks just as many questions as it answers. 5 out of 5.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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