Title: King Merek and the Mechanic
Author: Lyssa Samuels
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Length: 65,284 word
Characters: Merek Sorenson and Vance Morrow
Sub-Genre: Urban Fantasy
Merek Sorenson is a king with a problem. His world is in unrest, and the Legari warriors are hunting him and his brothers for extermination.
Vance Morrow is a mechanic who spends his Saturdays with his buddies playing baseball. Meeting Merek has raised hope within his heart. He feels an incredible pull to the loving man who has brought kindness, happiness, and downright need back into his life.
Merek has waited for his aheri, his destined mate, his entire life. The love Merek has for Vance is soul deep. He knows he must reveal who he is and the danger that follows him. He prays Vance will want to bond with him and will be open to the fact that the men of Merek’s world can become pregnant. He aches to hold Vance in his arms forever, bring him home to rule beside him on Sanzel, and create children with him that they can nurture and love.
King Merek and the Mechanic is a urban fantasy romance that uses the omnipresent third point of view to convey every detail of what is happening. Personally, I usually find omnipresent third annoying, but somehow this series has hooked me. The characters are interesting and the world of Sanzel is intriguing. I really like that rather than just using “mate”, Ms Samuels has used the word aheri and given it a non-exact translation.
Unlike many Siren Publishing books, this is an urban fantasy as much or more than it is a romance, and I really liked the difference. Yes, the story uses a strong mate-bond to speed the romance up between Merek and Vance. Yes, there is m-preg, but I rather like the way it is done and the fact that the human is not the one becoming pregnant. I also loved the fact that this story is not about twenty-somethings but rather a men in their late thirties.
I would recommend King Merek and the Mechanic for anyone who enjoys a good story and strong world building to go with their romance. Although Siren classifies this series as science fiction, because the travel between planets is accomplished via magic, I consider it urban fantasy.
Although I hadn’t read any books by this author previously, I am now on book six of this series, and the only thing that bothers me (apart from the omnipresent POV) is the fact that on occasion, as you get to the later books, some scenes are repeated (rather than just summed up) and due to the omnipresent POV do not give any new information about the characters. Either way, so far I have been interested enough to get to book six.
Reviewed By: Alison