Book Reviews

Jerricho's Freedom by Jake C Wallace at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / Demons / MPreg / Interspecies / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 13-February-2017

Book Blurb

As prince of the Anzuni demon clan, Jerricho’s entire life has been planned for him. At twenty-five, he will become the crown prince of the Anzuni, marry a man chosen by his parents, and bear his husband’s children all without choice. If that wasn’t enough, he must remain a virgin until his wedding night. To do otherwise would spark an unimaginable scandal.

 

With only ten months until his twenty-fifth birthday, the walls close in on Jerry, and the realization that he will lose his small apartment, his job at the library, and his freedom hits hard. But that’s nothing compared to losing the man he loves. Rex is a smart and sexy construction foreman with a keen interest in demon “mythology.” When Jerry and Rex give in to spending one night together, their indiscretion can’t be kept secret for long. But that’s only the beginning of their problems.

 

Someone wants to harness the power of Jerry’s bloodline and his ability to conceive—someone with designs on horrifying experiments, sex slavery, and murder. Jerry and Rex are at the mercy of power-hungry sadists. With no one left to trust, they must fight for each other, their freedom—and their unborn child.

 

 

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2015.


Book Review

I was interested from the moment I read the blurb for 'Jerricho's Freedom'. A demon prince, a human with no clue that the mythology he loves is real, and mpreg? Oh yeah, sign me up. I could certainly empathize with Jerricho's frustration over thousands of years of tradition, and the fact that all he ever wanted was his little spot in the human world far from Anzuni politics just endeared him to me. Rex is sex on a stick with a big heart and a loving nature. I couldn't wait to see what turmoil they bring to the world.

Jerricho's first meeting with the husband his parents have picked out for him grossed me out as much as it did Jerricho. Ty has the nerve to tell Jerricho how life is going to be for him under Ty. Pun intended. I didn't blame Jerricho for vowing that Ty wasn't getting his virginity. Jerricho wants his first time to be pleasurable knowing the rest of his life is going to be miserable, so he heads straight to Rex, the man he's in love with but can't have.

I'm not going into more of the plot because I believe it's rather self-explanatory based on the description. What I am going to talk about is how surprised and happy I was to see the author didn't go for the predictable. I will say this now, though, contrary to my perception of the tone this book was going to take based on the cover and the blurb, Jerricho and Rex's story is not all that dark. There are moments, of course, and some of them are hard to read, but overall I felt this was a good suspenseful romance.

I had expected the mystery revolving around who was abducting the young Anzuni males and I fully anticipated that whoever was behind it was also behind getting Jerry and Rex isolated away from Jerry's parents, the king and queen. The faction interested in harvesting the power behind the royal male line’s ability to have children did a good job of hiding themselves in plain sight. The treachery and betrayal, not to mention treason, was well written and kept me interested in what was happening at all times. I admit to being surprised more than a few times by the unexpected.

As much as I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and convoluted whodunit in this novel, I have to admit - and it's probably just me being too picky - that sometimes the continuous "just this close to being freed and then captured again" became a little tedious. However, the writing was top-notch and the devious twists and turns were fantastically done. I give high praise to the author for an exhilarating story.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 334 pages/105627 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-February-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/jerrichos-freedom-by-jake-c-wallace-8145-b