Book Review: Strays by A.J. Thomas

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Strays
Author: A.J. Thomas
Series: N/A
Heroes: Jory Smith/Malpheus Pelle
Genre: MM/Paranormal
Length: 210 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: 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….


Review: Jory is a minister assistant with healing power, but it can backfire and he can get very weak when he does it. After one healing occasion when he almost dies, Jory flees the Church and settles down in a small town, to become a pastry chef. Mal is a hellhound who is hired to find Jory.

Okay, it started well for me – the premise was good and I looked forward to seeing how Mal and Jory ended up. But then the world-building became CONFUSING with a lot of plots and explanation that was too much for my poor little brain to organize. Suddenly it involved demons, dragons, ghoul, and there was talk about ETHER, some sort of war in Hel, or such? I don’t know, I think I lost the plot somewhere.

I was continuously puzzled with Jory and whether or not he was informed about the paranormal. I mean, Jory didn’t know who he was, that he was an incubus, he didn’t understand his power, but he didn’t blink an eye when Mal told him his age?

I liked the characters okay – Jory most especially, because he was kind of adorable with his ability to bake and create orgasmic pastry items. However, the rest wasn’t that enjoyable for me. I read this scrunching my head whenever one of the characters tried to explain what was going on.

Overall Impression: It was good!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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