Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Dark Soul
Author: A.M. Snead
Series: Soulscape #1
Heroes: Dr. Frank Harlan/Alec Strom
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 41 Pages
Publisher: A.M. Snead
Release Date: July 10, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When Dr. Frank Harlan, the head psychiatrist at Black Moon Asylum, took in six-year-old Alec Strom, he knew the child was evil. Yet despite the dark soul residing within Alec, Frank felt bonded to the child –compelled to save him from the darkness consuming him. After 13 years of striving to help Alec, Frank is startled to realize that the care he feels for his patient has stealthily developed into something deeper, stronger, than a mere doctor/patient relationship. But when Alec attacks and murders a visiting psychiatrist, Frank is terrified of what will become of Alec –and even more terrified of his own feelings for the disturbed and dangerous young man.
Now, Frank sits alone in his office at the Asylum on the night of Alec’s execution, awaiting news of Alec’s death – alone with his memories of a troubled child he watched grow into a troubled young man…and somehow fell in love with along the way. When the fated call comes in, he is consumed with sadness and a sense of failure. But the awful night turns to horror when Frank is suddenly faced with the terrifying reality that evil isn’t so easily extinguished…or predictable.
Review: Holy Moley, what a ride! A crossover paranormal horror story meets gay romance in an insane asylum. There isn’t much in the way of a romance in book one, but still, what you get is much, much more…and I can’t wait to read the next book.
Alec is evil…pure, unadulterated evil. He was born evil and he feels nothing for no one. However, his evil does appreciate Frank and his attempts at friendship and offerings of redemption. Frank is a doctor in an asylum who was given Alec to his care when he was just a small child. He spent fifteen years trying to help Alec, even as he feared him. But Alec doesn’t want help, he wants out…and the only way to get there is through death.
For such a short story, Dark Soul packed a hard hitting punch. I was riveted, glued to my seat, with my eyes scanning my Nook in such a manic way I thought I would go cross-eyed. I needed to see what was happening next and couldn’t stop myself. This is what you have to look forward to when you start this series.
It took everything I had not to go straight onto the next book, but I needed to stop, write this review, and try to absorb some of the crazy that was released into the world when Alec died. Frank and Alec will meet again and I can’t wait.
Overall Impression: I loved it
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*