Friday, October 28, 2011

My Review: First Watch by Peter Hansen

eBook release:  Oct 30 2011
Word Count: 18,300
Genre: M/M, Horror, Romance, 
Heat Wave: 4 - On-screen, mildly explicit love scenes
Erotic Frequency: 3 - Moderate
Type: Part of a Series
BlurbWhat price would you pay to survive?

 Do you want to live? In the darkness of a WWI battlefield, young Legionnaire Edouard Montreuil lies dying. As teeth nibble his flesh, a voice whispers, Do you want to live? Frightened and desperate, Edouard bargains his freedom for a second chance.

Aboard the Flèche, a grim submarine captained by the nightmare who granted Edouard new life, Edouard pays the price for his survival. Each night, he gives his body to his captain as the bells sound first watch. But surviving is not living, and as the days stretch into months beneath the waves, Edouard grows desperate for escape.

Can Edouard’s old comrade Farid Ruiz help him break this devil's bargain, or will Ruiz fall to the same fate, trapped beneath the waves at the mercy of a monster whose hunger knows no bounds? Edouard and Ruiz served together once before, and slept together too, but courage and passion failed to save them from the eldritch beasts who roamed the night. This time, the cost of failure is nothing so clean or simple as death, and the spoils of victory are not just life, but love.

My rating: 5+/5

Characters:  5
World building:  5
Plot:  5
Writing:  5
Premise:  5

Heat Level:  3
Sexuallity:  M/M, Tentacle sex

My thoughts:  I’m not even sure what to say about this one. Since I finished it, I have been stuck on… OMG THIS BOOK IS AWESOME! A review, this does not make. Honestly, I really had no intention of reading First Watch; tentacles are so vera much not my thing.  But I stared at that beautiful cover, and it began to intrigue me. When I finally saw the blurb… it flew to the top of my TBR pile. I’m so glad I didn’t let the tentacles scare me off, I’d have missed out on a fabulous book by an amazing writer.

Peter’s writing is beyond fantastic.  He weaves a beautifully crafted tale like a tapestry. Vivid descriptions that painted a world I could see, strong, deep characters I could feel, and fabulous world building.  It grabbed me page one and wrapped me up in Edouard’s world so thoroughly that it wouldn’t let me go until the end. 

There is not a lot of sex in this one, there is some, but this is not a hot and steamy read. For those of you who are like me and want to know… is there tentacle sex?… yes, there is. However it’s not onscreen and it’s handled beautifully, yet oh so horrifying at the same time.

Everything about this one was beautifully crafted. Amazing read. Peter Hansen is definitely an author I want to see more from and I totally see him now as one of my autobuy authors.

Bottom line: I cannot recommend this one highly enough. I need a higher rating system, 5 stars is not enough. 

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  1. I'm going to be reading this soon. Soon soon. But first I have to get kidlets to school and make a moth costume (I have been slacking. Haven't even started yet, and I need it for tonight!!! #badmom)

  2.  When I saw tentacles, it automatically went to in my TBR pile.  Now it's going on top!  Thanks for the review. 

  3. I'm glad to see your review, cause it seems like you had the same concerns as me, but still enjoyed it. Yay!

  4. What a great review!  Not that I needed it to read it. I LOVE tentacles - even the mean, nasty ones. (Ok, well there was this one horror hentai that I couldn't stomach, but that's rare... and, well, Peter's book didn't have sufficient warnings on it for that to be the case.)

    Thanks, Amara!

  5. Great review! Sounds good

  6. One of the things I love about Riptide's website is how sensitive they are to things like the need for warnings or spoiler-phobia. They provide a heck of a lot of metadata, but you can show or hide most of it without difficulty. You choose which information is necessary for you to get the book you want to read -- and you're not likely to be surprised with something you don't find sexy.

  7. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

  8.  What else is in your pile? I could use some reading material in November, and you've clearly got good taste.

  9.  All of your comments suggest to me that you're not only #goodmom, you're #bestmom. Happy Halloween!

  10. I'd be interested in how you take it, since you anticipated the sequel's trajectory so well in yesterday's thread. ;)

  11. I second what Peter said.

    Happy Halloween darlin' :)

  12. *gasp* this comment excites me :D :D :D

  13. I think you'll like it. It's vera good. Peter isn't writing your average, run of the mill , m/m romance. He writes ... different. I wish I was better at describing these things, I"m not sure what to call it. To me it was more...literary? IDK the right word to use. I can't wait to see you're take on it.

  14. Thanks Adara :)

    I'm not a big tentacle lover at all. But Peter handled it perfectly, at least for my tastes. I can totally deal with off screen. On screen... not sure I'm up for that. But then... I've never read any so what do I really know. I read a lot of things these day I thought I wouldn't be into, only to find out... it friggin' rocks. :D

  15. I enjoyed reading the review; it was great.

    I can't wait to read this.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  16. Thanks for the good review! I can't wait to read this one :-)

  17. I must say, tentacles kinda scared me off this one at first. But your review has changed my mind! Can't wait to read it!! Thanks, Amara, and of course, Peter!!

  18. Great review, Amara.  I enjoyed reading it.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  19. Great review.... The cover had the same effect on me lol


  20. "Great review.... The cover had the same effect
    on me lol" ~Sarah

  21. "Great interview... So glad this is going to be a
    series" ~ Sarah 

  22. "Great review.... The cover had the same effect
    on me lol" ~ Sarah

  23. *falls over* NOW I'm really interested!



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