TITLE: Jerricho’s Freedom
AUTHOR: Jake C Wallace
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: AngstyG
GENRE: Paranormal; Urban Fantasy; Mpreg;
LENGTH: 334 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2017
PRICE: $4.89 -e-book
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…
Where do I start with this book? It starts out as though it’s going to be a run of the mill, demon based, paranormal romance, and that would have been OK, but half way through it ‘shifts’, pardon the pun, and becomes a lot more complex. The plot expands to encompass science fiction, conspiracy theory, slavery and world domination for starters.
Jerricho, Jerry, is a librarian and he’s also an Anzuni Demon Prince. He’s approaching his 25th birthday which is when he’s expected to marry an obnoxious man of his parents choosing, Ty, and bear his children. Oh, and he’s expected to be a virgin when it happens! Jerry loves his parents and knows he must obey the laws of the Anzuni clan, but he would love to keep the hard-won freedom he’s had for the last few years. After meeting his ‘fiancée’ for the first time, he also desperately wants just one night with the human man he’s fallen in love with, Rex. Thanks to his friend Keith, he gets that chance. Jerry must leave after their one night and return home to his parents, and it breaks his heart and also Rex’s, but more importantly he later finds out he’s pregnant, and of course, Rex is the father.
Jerry’s world descends into chaos; he’s rejected and beaten up by his, so called, fiancée for not being submissive enough and for being pregnant. He also has to tell Rex the truth, not just about the baby but about demons and his royal status as well.
It’s at this point that the book shifts direction! There are forces at work against Jerricho and Rex who want to see the heir to the throne removed and are not beyond murder and kidnapping to achieve their goals…but that’s not all they want. These people are taking and using demons for their own profit. Imprisoning them and experimenting on them, turning them into sex slaves and worse!
In the second half, the pace of the story ratchets higher, and there’s no let-up. There’s always something happening, and the last few chapters are so fast paced I had to stop and remember to breathe. More than once the story could have been tied up, but thankfully it wasn’t. As a result, the book is quite long with lots of plot twists and just when you think everything will be alright something else bad happens.
I liked it a lot, but I can imagine it would be too much for some. Jerry and Rex are adorable, and the love they obviously share shines out. However, this isn’t a cosy afternoon read, it’s a dash from one ‘hold your breath’ moment to another. It takes some concentration, but the story itself pulled me along and made me read on until I knew how it ended and the ending is a very satisfying HEA.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***