Definitely instances of rape in this book, but oddly enough, I didn't even think about REAPERS as being "rape erotica" or "rape fantasy" when I was reading it. As played out in the book, I saw the first rape more as a plot device (damsels in distress; cue male lead(s) to come to the rescue)—an anti-meet cute, if you will. (The second rape "under thrall" was completely gratuitous.) Moreover, the actual rape scenes were relatively brief and fairly light. (The first rape? I wouldn't have thought so if not expressly stated in the book.) Can't recall the title right now, but I've read a more brutal/explicit scene in a mystery/thriller by a mainstream author.
Having said that, I got REAPERS from my Secret Book Claus(e) on Oct 13th. My eyebrows rose at the book's description on Amazon.com but trooper that I am, I stayed in the spirit of the giving and read this in one sitting. However, this novelette is only for those readers who are not put off by non-PC subject matters (such as rape/attempted rape).
Surprisingly, this little slice of a story wasn't too bad. I can't comment on its creative arc because it was simply too short for any significant plot development, but it was fairly well-written and showed talent. Unfortunately, it was marred by odd paragraph structuring and numerous errors in basic grammar/punctuation, word usage and malapropisms. (And there was my personal pet peeve of blank lines in between paragraphs = useless space filler and Kindle abuse.)
Despite my enjoyment of the story, my inner smut will have to sulk because I will not buy the remaining segments of the Druid Breeders. Part 1 was a nice tease but not enough for me to bite, for the following reasons:
(1) I generally dislike serials. Unless it's a comic book, I prefer to start a story and read straight to the end. As I mentioned in a different review, reading any part of a serial is the equivalent of reading a ripped-out section of a paperback. Why bother to even start if you don't have or won't read the rest? Doesn't matter that this serial appears to be finished so that I don't need to wait for the remaining sections.
(2) Given the number of technical errors and plot inconsistencies in Part 1, I wonder how many more there would be in the other 6 segments.
(3) The kicker? Total cost for the entire story is $21 [$8 for Vol 1 (Parts 1-3 @ 206pgs, tho GR listing=155pgs), $9 for Vol 2 (Parts 4-6 @ 230 pgs), and $4 for Part 7 (@ 116pgs)]. Seriously? Um, I don't think so.
I have another reason for not continuing on with this series but it's not directly relevant to the book.
(review of free book)