Saturday, February 5, 2011

Stephanie Burke, Absolute Perfection

Title: Absolute Perfection

Author: Stephanie Burke

Rating: Three Siren Stones

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Sub-Genre: LGBT

Keywords: Shape-Shifter, M/M

Length: Short Novel

ISBN E-Book: 978-1-60737-842-6

Price: $5.99

Publisher: Loose Id, LLC


Reviewer: Elizabeth Hyder


Taza, a sea horse, sole male offspring of the Coushrin king and heir to the throne, really doesn't like his life. For one thing, two crazy female sea horses are vying to impregnate him and become the next queen of the Coushrin dynasty because sea horses mate for life. He doesn't want to be just a breeder while his wife rules the seas. But if being the prey and intended brood-stallion of two insane females isn't bad enough, Taza's also being chased by a human who's determined to attain immortality by eating him. Stir fried, easy on the garlic.

What does he do? Flees to the a vampire bar on the surfaceworld, where he meets Astika, a Hindu Naga god. Astika's been dispatched on a fool's errand, because his advice to his uncle and grandfather's harems is causing mayhem in the kingdom. He wasn't supposed to meet a sea horse prince, save his life, and end up mated in the process. But that's exactly what happens.

Because when Astika saves his life from the human who might just be crazier than the sea horses chasing him, Taza does the only smart thing and pledges himself to the Naga. For life. Since they're stuck with each other, Astika eventually decides he might as well see what it's like with a sea horse. Together, out of the wildest circumstances imaginable, the two lovers find and build Absolute Perfection.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.


I had no idea what to expect when requesting to review this book. Other sites had said that there was a big humor element to it, so I requested it on faith of that, and the book delivered! I was giggling almost constantly while reading, even the sex scenes have a small element of humor to them, and so I was really able to enjoy this book for that reason.

The plot itself was very straightforward, and the characters' personalities were fairly consistent and easy for me to grasp; I was never left wondering what they might do or why they'd done something.

The writing style itself and the editing are the reasons for the lower score, because although I enjoyed the book (and the cover art—so pretty!) there were mistakes here and there and the writing felt like I was reading something I'd found online.

Still, the book's humor pulled me through and I was able to look forward to and finish reading the book, so don't let yourself be dissuaded from reading because it's not an expensive book so it's worth it for the giggles.

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