Author: Vicktor Alexander
Reviewed by: Don
Publisher: The Rooster & The Pig Publishing
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Jay has spent the last decade in front of a computer. He watches movies, taking everything he knows from them. But lately he’s started to want more. Including a one night stand with his super-hot roommate Chris. Starting off slow, he’s called the Sexy College Studs hotline, and the sexy sounding Duke.
Chris has had everything handed to him his entire life, but college life is tough. In an effort to earn more cash, he’s been working for Sexy College Studs. On the phone, he goes by the name Duke and is in high demand, with more repeat customers than any other guy in the company. But his clients bore him. Except the mysterious Kyle, the guy with the strange fascination with movies, who wants him for companionship, not just sex.
When Jay and Chris find out each other’s true identities, it’s weird for both of them, but Chris is up for the challenge. He wants a month to prove to Jay that true love isn’t what you see in the movies. But he falls for Jay harder than he expected. If he wins, he gets the relationship he’s always craved, but if he loses, he could lose Jay forever.
When I pick up a book that has male pregnancy in it I know that it’s time to suspend all belief that I have because reality has been tossed out the window. That said, I enjoyed this first book in The Marriage Groups series. The world building took up a lot of space in this story so I’m hoping that the next book will dig into the meat of the series. I felt the spin put on the old Sodom and Gomorrah myth was a good jumping off place for this piece of polyamorous fantasy. Keep in mind that this story is fantasy fiction used as an escape for a while and not high literature. The god Andalusia was a bit of a bother but then the royal marriage group weren’t exactly the sharpest knives in the draw so perhaps they did need Andalusia’s constant guidance. Nevin, Corbin, Gaige are very likable characters but also very cliche as hot but dumb gay men. I felt that being the rulers of the planet, the trio would have been afforded a little more intelligence especially since they had the wisdom of the prophesy in their hands. Elian was a much more forgivable character in that his schooling and experiences were lacking. The way that he used his position to make some changes in society was well done. Elian was really the brain of the group when it came down to taking action. I am still not sure why Andalusia decided to mingle the two sexes now when they had been doing fine for thousands of years. Again, this is escapism fantasy fiction so try not to take this story too seriously. When you boil it all down and overlook some flaws, this was quite an enjoyable read and a good beginning to what I hope is a much better series.