My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Damien Cooper’s mind is a bit fucked up. Yes, that’s his actual diagnosis.
His disability has him hearing things he’s not supposed to hear and his other senses are also taken to new heights. Damien’s boyfriend adopts a cannibalistic feasting habit after beginning employment at a mysterious factory site and Damien’s mother strays away from reality after she becomes obsessed with a self-help book. Damien struggles to embrace his flaws while uncovering an explosive new trait.
When I first received the request in my inbox to review Feast, Stray, Love, I had to take it. Cannibalism? Brain surgery gone wrong? Regardless of quality, I knew this would be a break from the usual tropes that perpetuate gay romance fiction. I was right in that regard. Feast, Stray Love is pretty original with a side of dark humor that won’t be for everyone but was right up my alley.
So, why 3 stars? Well, the writing style could use some work. Even in the re-edited version I received for review, I found a few minor errors. Besides that, the style’s a little awkward. It’s nothing that won’t improve as the author writes more, but it may be hard for some people to get into this story because of that.
I enjoyed the dry humor about the medical profession and the mysterious goings-on at the Factory and was genuinely surprised at one twist, but this wasn’t exactly a page-turner at points. I would love to read more but one thing I must say is that this doesn’t stand on its own all that well. It’s clearly a part of a serial story and while I’m curious about the other parts, they’re not on my must-buy list at the moment.
This will suit those who are not easily offended and can laugh at dark and gory situations, as well as people looking for something outside the mold of typical romance novels.