My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mercenary Beirn has sold his brother’s testicles to HardCell, an organ harvesting company. The only problem is, he’s got to get them first. He thinks it’ll be an easy job, but things are about to get complicated in ways he never even envisioned…
You might have guessed from the description that Seedy Business is not your typical M/M romance. You’d be right. Seedy Business holds nothing back in describing the grim world its characters inhabit; one of organ and semen harvesting for a thriving black market filled with criminal characters who lack scruples and consciences.
Beirn and Zed at first appear to be two such beings; unpleasant people doing unpleasant things in an unpleasant universe. Beirn, after all, has not only signed away his twin brother’s crown jewels but also trapped him in a semen harvesting farm where he’s being milked against his will and pumped full of chemicals. So it’s unsurprising to find that brother Ox knows what he’s done and wants revenge. It’s the nature of said revenge where Seedy Business really comes alive. Watching Beirn squirm as he desires Zed against his own homophobic nature is nothing short of delicious.
Seedy Business isn’t going to be everybody’s cup of tea, however. Its unrestrained, no-holds-barred style, dark humor, unorthodox sex scene and the pure strangeness of its world will be a major turn-off for some people. Beirn and Zed are hard people to love and the story doesn’t take a romantic turn until the end, by which time you’ll either have decided it’s the best thing ever or the biggest gross-out you’ve ever tried to read. It is, however, completely unique. The tropes of conventional romances are left at the door and we are left to enjoy a strange, exotic, alien setting which is described in vivid detail and characters which, while on the outside seem cruel and heartless, inside have needs and desires which need to be fulfilled. Seedy Business is a must-read for lovers of the exotic, erotic and the adventurous; those looking for more sweet, typical, romantic fare might want to look elsewhere.