Book Review: Fallout by Lisa Henry and M. Caspian

Fallout by Lisa Henry and M. CaspianTitle: Fallout
Author: Lisa Henry and M. Caspian
Genre: Urban Fantasy, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by author
Published: April 17, 2015 by Smashwords

High-school boyfriends Jack Haldane and Bastian Wade thought everything would be perfect once they reunited at college, putting disapproving parents and small-town attitudes firmly in the past. Now Jack’s on track for a PhD scholarship and a career as a researcher, and Bastian . . . well, living inside a broken body and trailing along in Jack’s shadow didn’t feature in his lofty teenage ambitions.

A weekend camping trip back home offers a chance for them to reconnect, but an ugly confrontation with the local motorcycle gang is only the start of their problems. When disaster occurs and the world unravels, will Bastian and Jack manage to hold on to each other, or fall further apart as they try to survive?

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Reviewed by: Crissy

Why I Read This Book: So, I have a thing for great covers and Motorcycle Club books. Let me preface this by saying this is not a MC Romance in any way, shape, or form. I should really read blurbs. I just saw the cover and ran with it.

In A Nutshell: This was not the book for me. Still isn’t. As it is categorized as romance, I added that genre to the info, but this book is not a romance. Not a book I will venture towards probably ever again.

The Setup: The end is near and it has come in a blizzard of ashes. Bastian and Jack fell in love in high school but have stretched their relationship just about as far as it will go. In a last ditch effort, Jack takes Bastian to the one place they are bound to reconnect. Only ashes begin raining from the sky and when Jack goes for help Bastian disappears. Now it’s up to Jack to find Bastian—but Bastian may not want to be found.

What I Liked: The writing. I am definitely a fan of these authors’ words. The vividness of this story, the world building—it was as visual as it was imaginary. It’s a fantastically grown world with depth and layers. That being said, the ability to captivate me with well-structured sentences (that’s the geek in my speaking) and in-depth world were about the only things I could enjoy.

What I Didn’t Like: Here’s the thing. I am a fan of dystopian fantasies. There are so many reasons for me to fall for it. Besides, who knows? We could face something of the sort at any moment. A free-for-all is expected. My main issue was with the on page rape. As I’ve said before, if it serves a purpose, I can usually handle it. However, when it’s over and over—maybe to up the shock factor—I have to draw the line. I was not a fan. At all.

We can also talk about the strange journey that these guys travelled. Jack, however devoted, is a bit whiny and annoying. And Bastian—well, after the many non-con scenes, I was irritated by his mild Stockholm Syndrome-esque thoughts.

In My Opinion: The world was strong and the writing very good, but the shockability and the hard to like characters made the story difficult to get in to or enjoy. Fallout is not a book I’ll read again.

Crissy’s Rating:
2 Frogs

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