Review: JC Wallace – Jerricho’s Freedom

25738751Author: JC Wallace
Reviewer: SheReadsAlot
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC
Genre:M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 9781681750392

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Summary:
Jerricho’s Freedom by JC Wallace – Romance>Erotic Romance
Jerricho never expected to fall in love with Rex, the sexy, construction foreman, but he did. Too bad tradition forbids Jerry from marrying for love. Prince of the clandestine Anzuni demon clan, a Baelso (bearer of children), and a virgin at twenty-four, tradition dictates that Jerry marry a man chosen for him. Despite his soul-deep love for Rex, Jerry has no choice but to follow through with his obligation as prince and marry someone he doesn’t love.

But Jerry isn’t prepared for his dominant, aggressive fiancé who is interested in marrying him only for the future title of king. Facing the reality that he will lose his virginity to the cold man, Jerry flees to Rex for one night of passion. When Jerry finds himself pregnant with Rex’s baby, however, the actions of his enraged fiancé release Jerry from his marriage obligation.

But just when Jerry believes he will marry for love, he and Rex are ripped away from life as they know it. Betrayals, kidnappings, cruel experiments, pregnant men, and the reappearance of the Anzuni’s greatest enemy force Jerry and Rex to fight for their lives, their love, and their unborn child…
Review: Convolution revolution: or where too many plot points snowballed into a massive long tale.

Triggers: domestic violence, attempted rape

Dark romance lovers, this is one to skip. It’s tagged as dark fantasy – couldn’t be further from the case. Trust me.

I came for dark fantasy. I’m trying to see the light with mpreg because usually it’s tied with cheesy romance. Do I want to read about a pregnant man and pregnancy craving? Nope. I don’t even want to read about pregnant women and theirs either. It’s too hokey. There’s more to pregnancy than just being hungry or choosing cutesy baby names. I thought maybe dark fantasy mpreg might be a change.

I was proven wrong.

“Jerricho’s Freedom” by J.C. Wallace is supposed dark fantasy about a virgin demon prince who lives on Earth from an ancient demon race called Anzuni. The demon prince, Jerricho or Jerry (the nickname kinda ruined the demon coolness for me) is crushing on his weekend foreman ginger boss, Rex. Jerry and Rex share time together off page in a library (wish the reader could have had that time on page) and are crushing. The reader joins in when Jerry is on the cusp of reaching his demon maturity where he will be forced in an arranged marriage and made to breed. Anzuni royal men can carry babies.

Deceptive premise is deceptive.

Somehow, I got that and more. Too much more. 🙁

A lot of words, (unnecessary) domestic violence, kinky sex (didn’t fit the main characters after their initial introduction), weird characters, drowning babies, the President of the US, sex clubs, FBI, doctors, science experiments, GFY, drugs, near death experiences but no one dies…just everything and the kitchen sink & next door. *smh*

I read the dedication. The intent was sweet – to entertain someone who was sick. This story was planned on being a 12K novella and it turned into a 100+K super novel…that needed to stay as a novella. You see the author dragging each chapter with another idea topped onto another idea.

The plot was weak for 100K. And if you take a step back and take away all of the unnecessary additions: the twists and double crossing, government, weak action sequences – the romance is one-dimensional. I question because the romance between Jerry and Rex because was very extreme, very intense, and unbelievable- where the men barely had any page time. Oh, they talked about time spent off page, but there was no foundation. It goes from Jerry liking Rex to avoidance to sex & love.

This is one of the bigger problems of this story.

Another is the story tries to be dark but it’s really nothing more than chocolate cover fluff. The story is part fluff, part YA/NA (the beginning the characters all speak as if they were 18 & younger), part urban fantasy with convoluted twists that by the end of the story I truly didn’t care and partial erotica – it made no sense. I wished it chose a lane and stuck to it.

So many unnecessary decisions were made that read like it was either making the the word count stretch or the aforementioned snowball effect. Like the kidnapping, only to be saved only to get re-kidnapped to only get re-double crossed…I don’t understand why it couldn’t just focus on the urban fantasy/ demon mythology portion instead of trying to impress with action (it wasn’t interesting) or being dark (it was like a kitten trying to be a tiger – just because rape and sex clubs are mentioned doesn’t make it dark). The ideas are there, most of the time they fall off to the wayside under the convolution or got buried under the soft way it was delivered, a lot of words in between and nothing substantial to back it up. I can’t rate high just because sex clubs are mentioned or the physical violence gets excused. (Spoilerish: drugs…really?)

The story is 55-65% too long. (I think I’m being generous)

Another gripe – Jerry gets physically assaulted by a secondary character. He is pummeled in the face and beat on his hands and knees. He’s fine to have sex with Rex soon after? And it was more important comment on his face then deal with Rex having a personality change and being more dominant and actually fucking Jerry from behind in a similar manner. Jerry has no problems with it? Or even being smacked around in the bedroom? I’m not saying all assault victims can’t have normal relationships but there was nothing from Jerry. This is common in a number romance books, so if you enjoy that, you can find that here.

Also, inconsistency with pregnancy research. I’m guessing it was supposed to mirror human pregnancy since at 37%, Jerry refused to take Dramamine for fear of harming the baby? Well he shouldn’t have been popping all those painkillers or Ibuprofen in the previous chapters, especially the Ibuprofen (hello).

The story was a mishmash of paranormal/sweet/urban fantasy. After all of the draaaaaaaaging out and some chapters really tested my DNF flag from the ridiculousness, the ending was weird.

Didn’t like any of the characters especially the TSTL main players. I don’t know how Jerry made it through life so long with all of his assumptions and foolishness. And the missed opportunity with strengthening the secondary characters with Keith and his GFY subplot. What a miss. *smh* Just like adding extras like tattoos, librarians, Jerry having special powers and trying to include too many unnecessary plot points, the interesting factors lose.

My favorite paranormal beings are demons. This was such a letdown. But it wasn’t the worst demon romance I’ve read.

The story was strongest in the beginning before the kidnapping and arranged marriage was thrown in. If the characters were set in high school or freshman because they acted younger and kept it in their hometown without trying to go full throttle action/ suspense UF, it could’ve of possibly been decent, of course, with better character development.

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