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REVIEW: A Monster’s Kindness, by Jessica Meats

A Monster's Kindness

Title: A Monster’s Kindness

Author: Jessica Meats

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay, Bi

Publisher: Self

Pages: 112

Reviewer: Becky

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About The Book

Long ago, the village of Shrind sacrificed people to the monsters in the forest. Now the howling has started again, and a village elder has chosen Parton to be the next sacrifice. 

Left to die for having shared a kiss with the elder’s son, Parton receives more compassion from the supposed monster than from those who had been his friends and neighbours. In the heart of the woods, learning to accept himself may be a harder lesson than learning to accept the monster.

The Review

Injured and left to die for having shared a kiss with the elder’s son, we’re introduced to Parton, a sweet and easy-to-like character. Alone and expecting death, Parton finds himself at the mercy of the “monster.” Soon, we discover there’s so much more to the feared monster than Parton ever expected. 

With a slow and steady development of feelings and relationship growth, this slow-burn shifter romance is both enjoyable and easy to get lost in. We’re introduced to a world that’s not always kind, especially for those deemed as different. There are small nuggets of endearing moments between the couple, enough to keep the reader turning the pages to discover their fate.

The world in which the story is set is a little underdeveloped. It makes the opening a challenge to get through as the hierarchy and logistics of this fantasy society are pretty much left for the readers to deduce for themselves. It’s definitely worth pushing past this for the chemistry between the couple, though.  

If you’re looking for a short paranormal romance with tender heat and likable characters, then A Monster’s Kindness is worth checking out.  

The Reviewer

A supporter of indie authors and small presses, Becky lives and breathes literature. A full-time book editor and publisher, Becky and her team have edited well over a thousand books and have published over a hundred. Life is hectic and amazing, but there’s always time for “just one more chapter.” 

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