Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Rising Beauty
SERIES: The Cubi #3
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
RELEASE DATE: March 21, 2017
Since the Mayflower brought the first five Cubi to America, the race has looked forward to this day. But an overlooked historical detail can bring everything they have worked toward to an end.
Daniel is settling in and trying to find a rhythm after the latest change in his life. With the help of Seldon, Caledon, and the Grand Lady Geodin, Daniel begins his education and development to rise as a full-fledged Incubus.
Seldon is not a man who rattles easily, but the latest changes to his life after the Cubi Court Order has sent the old Incubus out in uncharted territory. Falling madly in love with a human raised boy does not help uncomplicate things—especially when that boy is not yet versed enough in the Cubi ways to not mistake feeding for love or love for feeding.
I’m really enjoying the premise and characters of this series. This is the third book, and if you haven’t read the previous two, you will need to before you read this one. It is not a standalone. This review will have spoilers to those previous books.
Let’s talk about our story so far. The Cubi series is the story of Daniel, a young man who was distraught with his life and ran off to the city one day for a photo session. When he was captured by the mysterious Cubi and taken as a slave to their secret hideaway deep in a national park, his life was changed forever. The Cubi are an Incubi/Succubi race who live amongst us, but we don’t know about. They feed off sexual energy. Daniel is basically to be a sex toy/food, but not until his 22nd birthday. All that changes though when he is accidentally dosed with the special fluid by one of Incubus’ during a party. Daniel begins to change and it is discovered that he is not a full human, but instead a half-Cubi. It is also discovered that he is royalty and will be the next King.
That brings us to the current book. Daniel is coming into his powers. He is acknowledged by the council as the heir, but no one else knows it yet. The story in this installment explores those growing powers and Daniel’s interaction with the Cubi.
I liked this one. I’m going to be honest (surprise), and tell you there is something I’m not 100% happy with though, which will bump the rating down a little bit. This series reads as one long story, and each installment chops off mid-stream. As any of you who follow my reviews will know, I’m totally not a fan of cliffhangers, and I think the overall story suffers a little for them.
That said, I’m intrigued where the story will go from here, after the sudden changes that happened near the end of this one. I’ve got my guesses, we’ll have to see if they are correct. I recommend this series. Start at the beginning, because you can’t jump in mid-stream and understand the story. I’ll be looking forward to the next one.