Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pretty Monsters (Josh of the Damned 1) by Andrea Speed

Josh knew the night shift at the Quik-Mart would be full of freaks and geeks—and that was before the hell portal opened in the parking lot. Still, he likes to think he can roll with things. Sure, the zombies make a mess sometimes, but at least they never reach for anything more threatening than frozen burritos.

Besides, it’s not all lizard-monsters and the walking dead. There’s also the mysterious hottie with the sly red lips and a taste for sweets.

Josh has had the hots for Hot Guy since the moment he laid eyes on him, and it seems Hot Guy might be sweet on Josh too. Now if only Josh could figure out whether that’s a good thing, a bad thing, or something in between. After all, with a hell vortex just a stone’s throw away, Josh has learned to take nothing at face value—even if it’s a very, very pretty face.

Reviewer: Fashionta
When I picked up the first book in this series, I thought it was going to be an ongoing story developing the relationship between Josh and his love interest Colin. Turns out that Colin was only in a couple of pages of it and we got to know nothing about him (I didn't even know if he was undead and if he wasn't, what he was). The story actually is more comedy and just happens to have a gay lead character. It revolves around Josh working at a Quik-Mart, that happens to be right next to a demon portal, so most of his customers are undead (ranging from zombies, werewolves, lizard men, etc.).

As far as the comedy of this short goes, I was laughing out loud the entire book, Josh's personality and thoughts are great and he would be a funny person to know in real life. The only problem I had was I thought it was going to be a romance so that made it off a little for me. I was also hoping for more development in Colin.

I'm giving Pretty Monsters 3.5 stars because it was enjoyable for such a short story and it was well written, but I just wanted more.

Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


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