RATING 4 out of 5 stars
Orphaned at a young age and raised in the foster system, Jory Smith has no idea he’s half incubus. He only knows he has the power to heal people, making himself sick in the process. Exploited by a crooked faith healer who sells his abilities and his life to the highest bidder and then left for dead, Jory flees, falling into a job at a small-town café where he can put his lifelong obsession with baking to good use.
But the minister who exploited him wants him back.
Exiled hellhound-turned–bounty hunter Malpheus Pelle has no idea why his human client wants him to track down an incubus. Jory is traumatized and afraid to touch anyone, an emotional handicap that could prove fatal for a demon who requires physical contact. Needing answers, Mal concocts a disastrous plan: pretend to date Jory to uncover the truth. Unfortunately, his plan never included dealing with an ancient demon assassin, Jory’s orgasmic pumpkin cookies, or losing his heart to the incubus he’s supposed to be hunting….
I have to say this new release by AJ Thomas was a pleasurable reading and a good surprise. From the beginning my heart ached for Jory and honestly the first chapter was really hard to me but then soon things changed and Jory, still very sick, is welcomed into Selma café and unknowingly protected. He knows nothing about the world he lives in, he knows nothing about himself and the people that surround him. And then one day, Mal walks into the café and they finds attracted to each other. Mal is actually there to find Jory and bring him back to the people who hired his services; when Mal understands what actually is happening, he’s determined to stay and fight for Jory’s life.
The plot is very interesting, as interesting are all the characters I met. There is a lot going on but the author did a great job at explaining who and what each person was and how things worked. Not one time I was confused or dubious about the story or the role of a demon. Moreover I would love to have one more installment with this great cast, it caught my heart.
Although a lot happened, Mal and Jory had still time for know each other and start building some foundations for a future love romance, sure, they are unsteady, because Mal still needs to tell Jory the reason why he’s in the town, plus all their lives are in danger.
I liked Strays a lot, the author did great at balancing the romance with the plot, together with smiles and sweet moments. I feel to recommend it.
The cover art by Tiferet Design is awesome, I like the colors and the style and I can totally see Jory and Mal in the models. Very fitting.
ebook, 210 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English