- Incubus Honeymoon by August Li Release Day Review
Incubus Honeymoon by August Li Release Day ReviewHot
Too bad that won’t get my arse out of this sling.
Do one—granted, uncharacteristic—good deed, and now I’m held hostage to an arrogant faerie prince, trying to track down the one who summoned him while dodging gangbangers, gun runners, and Nazis. Add the powerful mage guilds scrambling to gather firepower for some doomsday event they’re sure is around the corner, and my cushy life of leisure might be nothing but a memory. On top of that, something’s compelling me to change on my most fundamental level. I’m not sure what I’ve got myself mixed up in, but nothing will ever be the same.
Featuring a new twist on urban fantasy combined with fast-paced action and intrigue, the Arcana Imperii series books are standalone adventures, each completely accessible to new readers.
For that reason, I have to say that this book should come with a trigger warning. The mentions might not be explicit, but the themes run throughout, and while the word “rape” is never explicitly used*, the fact that you see the club, with unnamed characters strapped down, screaming for help, and have actual mentions of people lining up naked or with strap-ons makes it pretty clear what's about to happen. And if I can feel sick about it, with no need for triggers, I can't imagine the way someone who had experienced sexual assault would feel.
I have to say a huge THANK YOU to the author for that conversation between Emrys and Dante, though. Both characters are asexual – like me! – and they perfectly discuss how awkward it can be to a non-sexually minded person in a world that seems clouded by a need and obsession with sex. They described it beautiful, from how it felt to what it was like to be thought different, and all the things they'd heard in regards to their feelings. It's great that they not only understood each other, and provided that insight for readers who might not get it, but they also acknowledged that there are different types of asexuals; such as Emrys having experienced sex and having sort-of enjoyed it, while Dante never had and didn't want to. This is often the hardest thing to explain to non-asexuals. Some people, like myself, don't want any kind of physical intimacy, while some enjoy or tolerate it for themselves or to make their partner happy.
Overall, it wasn't quite what I'd expected. I'm not sure why, because it was all detailed in the blurb, so none of it should have taken me by surprise. I think the idea of the 'Incubus Honeymoon' title and all that it implied made me expect something different to what I got. Mostly because Inky was not, actually, the main character of the story. I thought with an Incubus as the main character it would be excessive sex or romance, but there is actually zero romance, bare flashes of heat that appear maybe three times, and it has more of an action/adventure vibe than anything else.
While it provides a truly original take on the incubus, Inky was my favourite character for the first half of the book; snarky, realistic, a little gruff and rough around the edges. He clashed so beautifully with Blossom, a typical Fae and full of ego, that I kind of expected more. Sadly, their relationship and interactions fizzled around the halfway mark, leaving Inky a little obsessed by Dante and struggling to figure out why. Maybe I expected some enemies-to-lovers, or a hint of tension that was more than just 'I don't like you', I don't know, but I didn't get any of that.
“I'm a lover, not a fighter, but the thought of his face made me wish I'd meet a lad who got turned on by ninja serial killers and blood splatter.”