Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Hunt
Author: April Andrews
Genre: MM Sci-Fi
Length: 138 Pages
Publisher: Twisted Erotica Publishing
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: In a post-apocalyptic world, the only way to stay alive is to join a crew, and the only way to do that is to survive the hunt…
Ryo Ishikawa has survived for years on his own, living on the edges of what used to be the city of Tokyo. But when his beautiful sister, Kirei, returns home, Ryo knows that the two of them won’t make it alone. The only option is to join a crew, and the biggest, baddest of them all are the Owari.
The Owari, however, have a grueling initiation process. If Ryo wants to be accepted by them he will have to not only make it to the end of the hunt, but also impress his hunter, Hikaru… and Hikaru is not an easy male to impress. He will expect more than just strength and guile from Ryo… he will expect complete submission…
Review: This story is not nearly as dark as the blurb leads you to believe. In this harsh world, being part of a crew is the safest way to survive. In order to gain the opportunity to join, Ryo infiltrates the baddest one (something no one has been able to do thus far) in order to participate in their hunt. The crew is wary of Ryo and his skills, nervous about letting him in, and does their best to make sure he does not survive the initiation.
But, Ryo is paired with Hikaru, a hunter who is supposed to monitor Ryo during the hunt. They quickly realize they have amazing chemistry, and Hikaru breaks the crews rules by helping Ryo avoid the hunters. Much of the story takes place during the Hunt where Ryo shows off his skills of survival, during which time, Ryo and Hikaru grow closer. Honestly, I kept waiting for the “he will expect submission” part to kick in, but if it did, I never noticed it. The guys basically fall in love with Hikaru promising to leave with Ryo if he isn’t accepted into the crew.
It was an interesting world, though it felt as though it could have used a little more detail in the whys/hows of it all. If you like post-apocalyptic stories with some action/adventure and a side of love, you will probably quite enjoy this one.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*