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bookmarked: Inheritance

Fell off the radar for a bit there, didn’t I?  Sorry…

Inheritance Book Cover

Title: Inheritance
Series: Dominion::#1
Author: Lissa Kasey
Format: Kindle eBook
Overall rating: 4 (out of 5)

Ok. Confession time. This was my first ever romance novel! And I really enjoyed it…

Did I just say that?! Yes; yes, I did.

My mother was a really big fan of romances, although not of the m/m variety, at least not that I’m aware of. Nonetheless, the family teased her a bit for it, always referring to her “smut” books as if they were somehow lower-class literature compared to our other reading interests. You know, because murder mystery, sci fi and fantasy novels are way up there on the quality literature scale…

Anywho, I for one have to eat my words. I really enjoyed this novel. The relationships between the characters seem real and they cover a wide range. I also enjoyed the world that Kasey created for the book (and hopefully series…). While we only get a few details in this book, I look forward to what the world could become given development over several books.

I’m an avid fan of fantasy novels, so I think that the paranormal aspects of this romance novel really helped draw me in and keep me interested. I think that I’ll have to find some other works that have these same aspects moving forward. Although, I should probably also try out some other sub-genres within m/m romance to see if there are other threads I’d be interested in following.

I also have to admit that I was a bit skeptical going into this novel, as the m/m romance genre seems to be dominated by heterosexual female authors and audience members. As a gay man, I wasn’t sure that novels in this genre would really appeal to me and be able to hold my interest; I was afraid that they would be too much like stereotypical heterosexual relationships that just happen to involve two male characters. While Inheritance had some of this vibe in the physical and emotional stereotypically-feminine traits of Sei, the characterization made sense in the context of the story. I still have fears that the genre may be wrought with girly-boys that end up simply being stand-ins for what would otherwise be female characters, but I’ll have to do more reading before I can pass final judgement on this point. If there are more stories out there like Inheritance, though, I have nothing to fear.

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