- File Size: 441 KB
- Print Length: 153 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009KFHSKG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Merrick Kindle Edition
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This was a sexy fairytale with likable main characters, a nice sense of anticipation, and an honest to god plot that wasn't overwhelmed by too many sex scenes. It wasn't terribly original but definitely kept my interest and rewarded my willingness to take a chance on an unknown author with no reviews to recommend her work. The description included is accurate enough so I won't go into a long recounting.
Ms. Cray's writing was articulate and entertaining, drawing me into the story quickly. It was not bogged down with unnecessary details or overwrought emotions. I liked that the men managed to be both masculine and sensitive, which is a delicate balance often lacking in m/m romances.
The only criticism I have is that it ended a bit abruptly, obviously requiring a continuation.
I don't know whether to be grateful for the value Ms. Cray has provided me or irritated at other more well known authors for charging me a premium and not providing a better product.
Unfortunately narrative tension decreases quickly. The quality of writing remains high but it is as if the author uncovered her cards too quickly. Suspense all but gone and plot close to non existent, all that remains are the two likeable leads and their growing passion. The exciting gothic story evolves into a pleasing M/M romance: it is always interesting but perhaps less than expected.
The novel is self contained but there are openings for a sequel. Sex scenes are not many and not particularly graphic. Characterization is consistent even if it strikes me as a bit off for William to be so torn about his new gay feelings and so very unconcerned about the death of innocent people (vampires kill here, as it happens in some of Ms Rice's novels whose corpus is explicitly quoted, "Merrick being the title of one of her volumes).
A few typos should be corrected as they clash with a generally well edited work.
This volume is currently inexpensive and surely worth a read.
So it was with a little surprise that, page after page, I was discovering a romantic story, almost a sweet romance, with a kind Master who seemed more interested in taking care of his servant than using him; my prejudices almost pushed me to believe the Master was some sort of ogre and that he was fattening up the servant, but do not worry, this wasn’t the case.
Anyway, William is really a clever boy, even if only 18 years old, he had already his business as bookseller, but he had bad companies, and he ended up to pay for all his fellow mates. Merrick, his Master, is some sort of hermit, a well-respected apothecary who hides his features behind a cloak he doesn’t remove neither in front of William. But he is gentle and kind, and he treats William in a good way, so much that William starts to believe his bad fate isn’t so bad after all, and even if he has never been interested in men, now that he is in close proximity with Merrick, he is very much attracted by the man: another device plot I was used in my old fashioned romance novels, William falls for Merrick without even knowing his looks, he falls in love for the kind man who is behind the cloak, not for a pretty face.
A some sort of Beauty and the Beast, also here there is a reason for Merrick to hide himself, and William will have to prove that he loves Merrick despite all.
There's no spectacular writing here, and there are even a few mistakes here and there. But it's enough to hold your interest and you're finished before you know it. Not all of the chapters were full chapters, only 2-3 pages, in which case it should be less than 31 chapters if you combined some. I'm ready for Book 2 to see how Williams' transformation/transition works out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic characters and plot. Terrific dialogue and interaction. William is clever and highly intelligent. I liked that he saw Silas for who he was not what he was. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Shelley D Chastagner
A thoroughly enjoyable read. The tension between Merrick, the vampire and his human apprentice William is full of passion and tenderness. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scooter
I needed something light to read while on vacation. This definitely hit the spot. The desires and pleasures were easily conveyed through William's and Merrick's struggles. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CM
This was a tender romance and somewhat coming of age for Willian. I loved Merrick, and wish I could steal him for myself. I can't wait to read more from these two.Published 8 months ago by K.Dunst
This was a different, odd and fun book to read, could almost not put it downPublished 9 months ago by Burkart,
Love Claire crabs writing. If you liked this, try hidden talents! So goodPublished 11 months ago by abbie
Really enjoyed reading this and was sad that it ended. I will read the sequel and hope there is more of the same.Published 15 months ago by RPS
Wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it was surprisingly good. The name drew me in. Merrick is the mysterious man with a knowledge of herbs and healing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Drako
The message from the author at the end of the book states "thank you for reading my strange little story" and I thought those few words summed it up rather well - it was a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lorraine L.
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