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Nature of the Beast (Outside the City)

by Amylea Lyn

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  Nightcolors | Apr 10, 2013 |
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  Nightcolors | Apr 8, 2013 |
Imagine George Orwell's "1984" reinterpreted as an M/M romance, with some shapeshifting cats thrown into the mix, and you get this highly creative story. Big Brother is indeed watching Raine, and sends him to prison for life after he is found harboring plants. The author uses vivid description to bring her world to life. I could easily imagine The City in all its oppressive glory. And though this story is short, we get enough background on Raine, and later the Beast, to make them come alive. This was an unusual setting that provided a nice twist on the usual shapeshifter M/M romance.

Just like 1984, this tale has a dark underbelly. Though it is not explicitly described (thankfully!), Raine is repeatedly raped in prison before being sent to the Beast when he falls ill. And, this fact is not glossed over when he and "the beast" become a couple. This is a romance, so the issue is resolved fairy quick, but the men do have issues to overcome beyond prison. I liked both characters, and came to care about them. However, readers will have to suspend their disbelief as there are logical flaws in the story. How can they have porridge when all plants are forbidden in the city? How do they feed themselves at all? Still, these were minor and did not ruin my enjoyment of the story.

The title indicates this is intended as the first in a series (in fact, The Beast's Promise (Outside the City) is available for kindle already), and has certainly hooked me for more. There are many questions left unanswered about how the City came about, the Katria, and though Raine and the Beast's story has closure, there are others who need to have their story told. Overall, I look forward to more, and truly hope the publisher releases the sequel in print as well. ( )
  jshillingford | Apr 9, 2012 |
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