Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Untouchable Beauty
SERIES: The Cubi Book 1
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
LENGTH: 229 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 7, 2016
Business school is not for Daniel. Not after making the cover of Teen Model. The only problem is that his parents don’t agree, and Daniel skips school to set his plans for fortune and fame in motion. Meeting the award-winning photographer Heimli will change his life, but not in the ways the nineteen-year-old young man expects.
At the age of four hundred thirty-six, Seldon has fed on more beautiful men than he can remember. Living in seclusion from the human world, humans are brought to the Incubi and Succubi as slaves to feed on. Amongst these slaves are the rare Untouchables. When Seldon is entrusted with the safekeeping of one, he has his work cut out for him—especially since this Untouchable gets on his nerves. And under his skin.
I was hooked from the first page on this one. Truthfully the MC, Daniel, wasn’t very likeable on page one, but I was hooked anyway! I read until I couldn’t keep my eyes open last night, then jumped back up at 6 AM this morning and read the rest straight through. I’m really going to like this new series from Ms. Lyhne.
I’ll be up front and tell you that there is some dubious consent in the book. The story revolves around an ancient race of Incubi and Succubi who routinely capture humans and make them their sex slaves because the Cubi need the energy created by that sex to live off. It is written in such a way though that I don’t believe it will be a trigger for anyone reading the book.
Daniel is a spoiled nineteen-year old boy who has never had it rough his entire life. He has drifted through life getting by on his incredible beauty. He had a brief stint on a television show when he was younger, and now he is on the current cover of Teen Model magazine. His parents want him to go to business school, but he has other ideas. When Daniel runs off to the city for the day to see what he can find for modeling opportunities, his life is about to change, and not in a good way.
I enjoyed this tale of the Incubi. In this book they have sex with human males, not the traditional having sex with human females. It worked. There is a lot of sex in this one, and it is all pretty realistic…well except for those Incubi tongues…but no spoilers there!
Ms. Lyhne did a good job on world building on this one. Just enough to get by for now, without overloading us with a bunch of minutia. I felt like I got to know the characters, and within a few pages of the beginning of the book, I liked Daniel and was rooting for him. Once he met and began to interact with an Incubi named Seldon, the tale really got moving. Thrust into a world he never knew existed, can Daniel survive?
One further warning…the end of the book is little cliffhanger-ish. OK, honestly it is a total cliffhanger. But realistically it had to be. This installment had to end somewhere and where it ended was a perfect dramatic…what happens next…moment.
I highly recommend this start to a new series, and personally I can’t wait for another book. After that ending…I’m hoping it is soon! (tapping foot under desk impatiently….)