3.5 Stars, DSP Publications, Reviewed By JJ, Sam C. Leonhard, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Forbidden Monastery by Sam C. Leonhard

Title: Forbidden Monastery (Rage: Book One)

Author: Sam C. Leonhard

Publisher: DSP Publications

Pages/Word Count: 310 Pages

At a Glance: I was drawn to the darkness of this story, but was also delighted by the sweet humor.

Reviewed By: Johanis

Blurb: Rage is a seasoned assassin, and he lives by his own rules. One of them forbids him to kill children, and at sixteen, his new target is definitely too young to die. Instead of breaking her neck, he kidnaps Lucinda of Babylon—and soon finds out the girl has the knack to annoy the hell out of him.

As if taking care of a stubborn girl isn’t enough of a burden, Lucinda’s best friend Keiran joins their escape. And falls in love with Rage. And totally ignores the fact that the man in black, who cannot and will not use magic even to save his own life, does not love him back.

Staying one step ahead of a madman who is desperate to end their lives, Rage and his unwilling companions travel to the Forbidden Monastery, a place where horrible magical experiments once took place. There are ghosts screaming for their blood and dangerous, wild magic is always ready to strike. At the end of the day, two people are dead, and Rage realizes with bitter clarity that his heart can break just as easily as it did when he was young.


Review: Erotic, dark, but cute M/M Fantasy, this story starts when Rage, an assassin with an appetite for male prostitutes, gets a job proposal that he cannot accept. Rage has no problem killing for a living, but he draws the line when it comes to rape. His refusal to rape the sixteen-year-old magical noblewoman, Lucinda, makes him a target for those who sought to hire him. After an attempt on his life, Rage saves the girl and her kitten, and they set off on an adventure as they flee their attackers. Along the way, they run into Lucinda’s mute friend, Keiran. Although Rage is afraid to fall in love due to a painful experience in his past, he and Keiran come together and a romance forms between them.

I was drawn to the darkness of this story, but was also delighted by the sweet humor when the dangerous assassin becomes the protector of a sassy teen girl, a kitten, and a sexy mute boy. Time and again Rage finds himself in the position where he is saving innocence instead of bringing death. I loved the erotic romance in this book, which dipped briefly into ménage, as well as some taboo situations.

Although the danger they faced, as well as the erotic side story, kept me interested, I wasn’t fond of how the book ended. I had trouble connecting with and understanding the magic in the final chapters, and the ending was quite sad. However, after reading the blurb for the next book in this series, I was able to walk away from the book with a smile, and I look forward to reading book two.



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