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Nocturnal Lessons: A Gay Historical Fantasy (Damon Snow #1) Kindle Edition
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Although one review said the opening was a little slow, I really liked it since it showed the relationship so easily between Byrne and Damon, and it felt like you knew the two of them for quite some time. Byrne already became an interesting character since he wasn't the generically attractive man, but his personality gave him good depth.
As for Damon himself, I find him hysterical. The author has a good sense for her style of writing and her setting of the book, I think, and gives him a great personality and an even better, sassier sense of humor, intentional or not. He certainly draws you into his life with the descriptions, colorful characters, and inner monologues.
I do believe that there can be more added about Damon's interesting heritage, but since there's going to be more editions, I feel like the author can have more room to run with the idea since it can shape up to be something interesting and really incorporate the supernatural element.
In fact, I was unable to finish it. I found that I could not empathize
with the main characters. Also, for a paranormal story, I was expecting
more, well, paranormal -- which just wasn't there. That, and too much
self-serving inner dialog for me. I'm sure others may like this style
though. As they say, to each his own.
4 stars overall
3 stars for the beginning
5 stars for the ending.
I want to preface this review by stating I had a very, very difficult time starting this novella and keeping engaged. It wasn't the genre, as I'm an avid Regency and M/M reader. There was something about the writing style or the execution of the introduction. Why am I stating this? Because if I hadn't had to read this title for reviewing purposes, I would have stopped and went to another book, and that would have been a travesty. So, for those struggling, please keep reading.
Around the 45% mark, I couldn't put the book down. But at the same time, I didn't want it to end. I enjoyed Damon, being inside his head, and I found the rest of the cast of characters very engaging. Byrne was a fantastic character.
One word kept coming to mind as I read the novella: Darling. It was hot and sweet yet realistic, giving you the darker emotional side of being a Molly. I cannot wait for Damon's next lesson.
Above was my review, below is the writer in me wanting to start a dialogue with either the author or other readers, because I love to "Book Club" a book. Meaning I love to discuss it.
I have two thoughts rattling in my head about the 'Incubus' part of the storyline. For it to be paranormal in nature, then I need more paranormal content. The Incubus part of the storyline was completely glossed over, with little worldbuilding or explanation besides a sentence here or there.
Personally, I was glad. I didn't think it was necessary. I would have liked the story just fine without it. What I believe, if I were writing this title, is Damon isn't an incubus at all. He was born into a world where that was a great excuse to explain away the mother's indiscretions, and then he suffered the consequences. It's also the only way he could deal with the emotional fallout of having a father who never claimed him, a mother who blamed him, and a way to deal with being a Molly. Just blame all that emotion on being an Incubus. It's a childhood delusion that manifested into a very real belief for our hero. (I could be wrong. Probably am. But as I said, this was my 'book club' portion)
Would I recommend this title: Yes, but soldier through the beginning.
Will I continue this series: Yes, can't wait to see what adventures Byrne thrusts Damon into for the sake of 'journaling'
Would I read more by this author: most definitely.