Absolute Perfection by Stephanie Burke

Title: Absolute Perfection
Author: Stephanie Burke
Publisher: Loose Id
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-60737-842-6
Release Date: September 2010 Available Now
Format: Ebook
Genre: Contemporary, MM
Length: Novella
Rating: 5 Lyres Recommended Read
Reviewer: TR

Taza is a prince of the Seahorse people. He is in a bit of trouble. Among his people it is the men who are fertile and have the children, and as the only Royal male, he is being hunted by two very determined female seahorses who want to make him into a broodmare. As he has no interest in being worn out by having litter after litter until his body gives out, he runs away from the palace to dry land to escape the voracious females. Out of the frying pan into the fire. He no sooner climbs out of the sea, than he is caught by a crazy human who thinks he is a mermaid, and wants to eat him to gain immortality. Not eat him in the good sense, but fry him up with oil and seasonings eat him. As he gets loose and runs from the human male with the fillet knife, he runs into a bar and hides behind the biggest strongest male who his instincts say is safe. This male is Astika, who is a prince of the Nagas, whose other form is half snake and half human. Astika defeats the crazy human, almost by accident, and Taza declares he now belongs to him. Since he is royal and can’t be just lovers, this means that they are now mates. Astika is not thrilled by this announcement, but can’t find any way out.

The story of how they get to know each other is hilarious and exciting. This is a very interesting and unique take on an M/M romance. Both species are very different, and not ones common in paranormal romances. They are also very funny together, especially Taza, who although tiny compared to Astika, doesn’t let anything intimidate or stop him for long. Humans don’t come off especially well in this story, but we don’t always. I quite enjoyed this story, and although I have always liked Stephanie Burke as a writer, this was very different from anything else of hers I have read. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a light funny read. I also enjoyed the fun facts about sea horses at the end. Two thumbs up!

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