Title: Cursed: Broken
Author: X Aratare
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, M/M
Page Count: 250 pages
Publisher: Raythe Reign
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: An LGBT, M/M Book Review
Nick Fairfax didn’t want to spend a year at Bane’s home. But to save his family, he was willing to sacrifice a year of his life.
This was an enthralling book, right from the start. A cool twist on a favorite classic fantasy of mine, where two men play the characters of Bell and Beast. There were several nods towards the original story, but the author seemed to make it her own in its own way as well. I definitely liked Nick best, as Bane was not just a cool shape-shifting immortal that’s been cursed by a Priestess in India way back in the day, but Bane was also something of a childish ass, especially towards Nick.
I will warn readers: there is one attempted rape scene towards the end of the book in regards to the main character, Nick. It’s intense, but Bane does come and save the day before it’s too late. There are also warnings for: abusive, cold hearted fathers, mentions of slavery in the fact that Bane has taken Nick on as an ‘intern’ for a year, and a dreadful cliffhanger at the end of the book, as it’s book one of a…trilogy? Series? I’m not sure.
This is a heavy duty romance, meaning there is smut in this book. Nick and Bane both grow close midway through the book, as the two actually try to talk to one another instead of just Bane being an ass. Bane’s Bengal white tiger that’s inside him is also very interested in Nick, and there’s one heavy scene of the tiger pinning Nick to the forest floor…I’ll let you imagine what happens next. 😉
Overall, I liked the book. A lot. I rate this book 5/5 stars, and I like it enough that I might just purchase book 2 to see where it goes, but I’m not going to do so immediately because I have far too many other books to read at the moment. It’s a book that if you’re not squeamish about detailed sex scenes between two men, then you should like this quite a bit. I will warn readers that it’s for 18+ only!
Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.