A Lila Review: Romanus by Mary Calmes

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

RomanusThe story starts right into the action described in the blurb. We get Mason finding the old man–Fabron–and giving him a ride home when the man refuses to get to the hospital. For some reason, Mason doesn’t consider the man’s hands curled into claws, growls, and the change in his eyes strange.

 By the time they made it to the man’s house, Mason is fighting with sleep since he just finished a double shift as a firefighter. Everyone at the house seems to recognized Mason as a Romanus, but the reader, just like Mason had no idea what that means or the implications.

 Mason leaves his information with the man’s granddaughter and tries to leave, but ends returning after a couple of minutes because he’s too tired to drive back home. He accepts the invitation to stay the night made by Raoul, the one in-charge of the group, but as soon as he meets Luc, he goes with him instead.

 From here, we get a condensed version of insta-lust with several smexy scenes between two house parties, and a visit from the bad guy. The story was interesting; unfortunately, it didn’t have enough of a plot to hold into.

 Romanus is a novella with a Napoleon complex. The amount of twists and turns taking place are enough to be handled in a full-length novel, perhaps a series. As always, the author took a different approach to shifters and mating; giving the reader a taste of all the possibilities. The amount of characters, their purpose, and relationship are overwhelming. At least, the action moves quickly, making the story short enough to be read all at once.

 I liked what I read, but this story is not a romance. It’s simply an erotica short with the potential to be something more. It lacks coherence between the scenes and the characters behave oddly, almost like a parody of what gay men in their late twenties would act.

Luc speaks in riddles most of the story, and we get the story’s resolution by means of the villain giving his evil speech. And at the same time, giving Mason enough time to planned and executed his escape. Then, Luc saves him, and they live happily ever after. Probably not, but that was the goal.

And a pet-peeve of mine, the story ends at 92% with the rest being filled with the covers and blurbs for other stories by Mary Calmes.

 And the cover? Easy to identify as a Reese Dante cover with the author’s signature’s font. It encompassed the central theme of the story, depicting a view of Luc’s back and wings.

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 Book Details:

 ebook, 60 pages

Published: January 27, 2016 (first published June 1, 2010), by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 1634768574 (ISBN13: 9781634768573)
Edition Language: English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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