The Cobbler's Soleless Son
Author: Meredith Katz
Title: The Cobbler's Soleless Son
Genre: High Fantasy
Pairing: M/M, M/F, Bi, Pan
Rating: One Petal
On the Author's Website:
Everyone expects Renart Walker to follow in his mother's footsteps and become the cobbler for their little demon-ruled town. That'd be the proper thing to do: keep his head down, live his quiet human life, and try not to get too involved with demons. But Renart has never been terribly concerned with proper, and he isn't interested in a quiet life. His interests are a little more ambitious: he's aiming to catch himself a demon prince.
As a human, he'd never be allowed to even get close to Prince Hrahez. The only solution is to make a bargain with a demon, and everyone knows what they want. Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained, and he's got a plan—but it involves tricking a demon. If it doesn't work, nobody in town would want to be in his shoes.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
If you like porn without much plot, you'll enjoy this book. I prefer plot, to be honest, so this story really wasn't for me.
Renart has a thing for demons. He likes to have sex with them, the thrill of it giving the experience an additional edge. One day he sees Prince Hrahez on parade in front of the human populace and falls instantly in complete and utter lust. Renart immediately starts planning how he's going to convince Hrahez to be his. Because Hrahez is an incubus type demon, Renart knows he won't be Hrahez' only bed mate and that Hrahez won't expect that from Renart either, so Renart pauses to have graphic sex with with a female demon and to almost have sex with a demon footman. Since he's supposed to be focusing on snaring his man, this is a little ridiculous. It also ruins any chance of romance in the book, and since LT3 (the publisher) is exclusively a romance publisher this really doesn't work. I'm not saying that romance is only present in an exclusive relationship, because that's not true, but there's no build-up of any connections between the two at all. Plus, Renart's straying eyes put a lie to the belief that he's hooked on Hrahez.
The biggest issue I had with this story is the fact that the constant and graphic sex replaces any plot. We are hardly given a glimpse into Renart's plans to snare Hrahez. There's barely enough world-building to make the fact that demons and humans live in the same world plausible, but not enough to give the story any depth. There's a brief mention of a time prior to the demons being present, but anything that might have given this story a full plot was glossed over in favor of something sexual. Had there been more plot, more description, and any depth at all, I wouldn't have minded the sex as much, but there was nothing but sex in this book.
If you like sex without much plot, you'll probably enjoy this story. I prefer plot, world-building, and some depth, all of which this book lacked, and I therefore cannot recommend it.
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