Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Incredible Real Life Monster Man
Author: L.B. La Vigne
Genre: MM Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: 194 Pages
Publisher: Deep Desires Press
Release Date: February 19, 2019
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Monsters are real, and everyone knows it. When Mikey, an employee at the US Department of Fish and Wildlife, is assigned to rescue an abused creature at Samuel’s Carnival Extravaganza, he feels drawn to the sympathetic thing. But, rescuing and nursing the creature back to health has some unforeseen consequences. Not only can Renin talk, but he has the same urges and needs as a human—urges and needs now set on his savior, Mikey. Ones which Mikey can’t say he doesn’t reciprocate.
As a creature used to high levels of socialization, keeping him in isolation with little stimulation could be doing him more harm than good. For the second time, Mikey must break Renin out of captivity, bringing him home for…safe keeping.
While ending up in Mikey’s home is one of the best things to happen to Renin, multiple forces threaten to tear them apart. Mikey’s boyfriend, for one, isn’t accepting of the creature making itself comfortable in Mikey’s bed. The government is desperate to get their creature back, and will stop at nothing to have him. And then, there’s what’s hidden in the woods—watching, waiting, ready to strike at Renin at the first opportunity. With everything seemingly against them, Mikey may not be able to hold on to his monster for very long.
I was intrigued enough to want to read this book, but was also fully prepared to be squeaked out. The blurb gives you the gist; a monster man is the main attraction at a sketchy carnival…sort of reminiscent of the fat, bearded lady many would line up and pay money to see from times gone by. In this case, the news has gotten to the US Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Mikey is sent in undercover to investigate.
Mikey was not fully prepared to see that Renin, the monster man, was more man than monster…nor was he prepared for how badly he wanted to save him from his cruel situation. But see, Mikey also didn’t expect Renin to be fully cognizant and speak English. So, yeah, Renin was simply, to me, a big feathery man who was strong as ox and in need of saving and some loving.
Mikey and Renin become attached to each other quickly, and yes I got a little squeaked out when Mikey got all hot and bothered for Renin so fast. However, it was nowhere near as bad as I expected as Renin is portrayed more man than animal. But don’t mistake, he is an animal…in the sack and out.
First time reading this author, and I didn’t really set any expectations. I did, however, read this book in one sitting and that only happens when I am fully entertained. With that being said, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys to suspend reality for a little while and just let the story play out. It was worth it.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*