Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that’s running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.
While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart… even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.
Fae are my some of my favorite paranormal creatures and I rarely find them done in the m/m genre so I’m always happy when this author does paranormal books because she does Fae well. This was an urban fantasy story that developed from a previously done short story. This is set in an alternative San Francisco and I thought the setting and world building was just fantastic. Everything was described in such rich detail that I felt like I was there. I could imagine all of the narrow, crowded streets, the different kinds of people and fae, the dragons that guarded the buildings. It’s the type of story telling you need to read slowly so you can savor all of the words.
I really liked Roku as our main point of view. He’s a complicated man with a tragic past, one of which unfolds over the course of the book. I was a big fan of his from the very beginning of the book. His partner Trent was a nice addition to the story and I ended up liking him as well. There a host of side characters and they all are well developed in their own way. They were also vividly done.
I thought the mystery aspect was really good. It was fast paced and filled with action and adventure. This book would make an excellent movie. It was one high octane moment after another. My only complaint was the romance aspect was insta-love. I found this hard to by into with Roku’s horrible previous losses. If it had been up to me I would have liked to see this be an ongoing series with a much slower developing romance. But….since it’s not up to me, I just rolled with it. They were sweet together and they both deserved some happiness.
This audiobook was narrated by Greg Tremblay and I felt like he did a very good job on this. His voice has a nice cadence which I enjoy. I felt he did an equally good job on all of the many voices and I enjoyed his narration a lot.
This cover was done by Anne Cain and I think it is a lovely cover. I was immediately drawn to the rich purple and gold/orange colors on it. I also think it is a great representation of the plot.
Audible Audio, 10 pages
Published July 21st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press (first published June 9th 2017)
Original TitleDim Sum Asylum
CharactersRoku MacCormick, Trent Leonard settingChinatown, San Francisco, California (United States)