Dying at the hands of government goons was always going to happen. Waking up in a dark and twisted afterlife? Not the plan.
Seraphim has the superhuman ability to control his own brain. Or at least, he used to, before his government-mandated brain surgery. The surgery killed him, but life isn’t over yet. He’s just woken up, shivering and alone, in the rain-soaked alleyway of a city he doesn’t recognize.
Fiend is a childhood monster. Dreamed up by Seraphim’s friend Wish, he was imprisoned in Wish’s subconscious until the birth of Wish City, a place for people with superhuman abilities to take refuge after death. Now Fiend is free—and in charge—and he’s on the hunt for anyone with abilities once they cross over.
Eager to play with his new toy, Fiend quickly makes contact with Seraphim. Lost and injured, Seraphim lets Fiend slither into his heart. But under the aching pleasure the two find with each other is a hunger that can’t be denied, and lurking in the shadows of the neon city are truths neither man nor monster is ready to face.
How to Love a Monster is a gay erotic horror romance featuring twisted and kinky M/M sex, a diabolical love interest, and an HEA ending.
Word count: 50,000
Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Tropes: Hurt / Comfort, Mind Games, Most Mindblowing Sex Ever
Word Count: 50000
Setting: Fictional city/alternate dimension
Languages Available: English
Lyssa Dering's HOW TO LOVE A MONSTER was intriguing. It's described as "a gay erotic horror romance featuring twisted and kinky M/M sex, a diabolical love interest, and an HEA ending" and while it is that, it's much more. When I first began reading it, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It very definitely has mild horror aspects and it's a tragedy that evolves into redemption with the help of love from uncommon monsters, er, partners.
Loves: I absolutely loved seeing Fiend through Seraphim's eyes/thoughts. We know from the story how Fiend views himself and how his other partners/prey viewed him but when we see it from Seraphim, we can see his beauty. It's utterly non-judgmental. Okay, there is a very large elephant in the room in terms of Fiend that I won't delve into because, well, spoilers, but other than that large pachyderm, Fiend is beautiful. As the story progresses and Fiend realizes how much he cares for Seraphim, he also seems to realize that even though he's the boss, he really isn't alone. His soldiers see him as something other than a monster and he comes to realize that, which I loved.
Likes: How the best laid plans can be completely waylaid at the hands of a handsome man. I enjoyed what we could see/know of the city and its inhabitants. Both of their insecurities. The electricity that does exist between them and the kink was delicious too.
Dislikes: While I understand that we're seeing Wish City through both Fiend and Seraphim's eyes, I found myself with way too many questions that weren't answered by them, which was frustrating.
Overall, I was very pleased with this story. Looking at Amazon, it appears only to be available in print and I do hope that changes quickly because this story is definitely worth the read.