Reviewed by Morgan and Nikyta
Title: They Called Him Nightmare
Author: Deja Black
Series: 2016 Daily Dose – A Walk on the Wild Side
Heroes: Kai Bennu/Alec Vasilios
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 26 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Growing up, Kai Bennu was taunted for skin dark as midnight and his otherworldly appearance. They called him Nightmare, but Alec Vasilios, a wealthy and powerful businessman, wants to call Kai his own. Kai’s past has left him with little trust in others and even more reluctance to surrender himself to Alec’s power. With both men harboring supernatural secrets, finding common ground won’t come without sacrifice.
What an interesting story! It’s YA/New adult. Most of the story takes place in high school. Nightmare (Kai) is hiding a secret about who he is, as is Alec. Both need the other but are too young to act on it. They aren’t a typical paranormal – so it’s a surprise reveal at the end.
In addition to their hidden attraction, there’s a bit of social commentary about black vs white in today’s society. It’s nicely done.
I wish there’d been more to this story, as the ending was very unsatisfying and leaves a lot to the imagination – but it’s well written and intriguing.
Morgan’s Overall Impression: I really liked it
This was a pretty intriguing story. I liked that Kai and Alec knew of each other in high school, that even back then they had an attraction towards one another even though they only spoke once. I found the fact that Alec couldn’t forgot about Kai so endearing especially since I didn’t find him that likable. I really adored Kai, though. I didn’t really understand why everyone treated him that way but I guess it goes to show racism is still alive and kicking even today.
However, while I enjoyed the story, I didn’t exactly like the writing style. I’m not a big fan of alternating first person and I was rather disappointed with the ending. Add to that, the story in general is just vague. We get a lot of Alec’s POV and him describing how his life has been but he doesn’t really go into depth on what he is. It’s just alluding to and with Kai, we barely get his POV and only find out what he is until the end.
In the end, it wasn’t a bad story but I felt like the author could have been more specific and detailed on who and what Alec and Kai were in addition to giving them more depth as characters. If you’re looking for a bit of a unique story, definitely give this a go, though!
Nikyta’s Overall Impression: It was good
*We received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for fair and honest reviews.*