MtSnow reviews ‘Skeletons In The Closet’ by Kayla Bain-Vrba. Published by Less Than Three Press on March 30, 2016. 42 pages.
Why MtSnow reviewed this book: This week was ‘2 for 1 short story’ week, and I saw this cover in NetGalley, and read the blurb. It looked a bit mysterious, and just what I was in the mood for.
Note: a copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.
BLURB: It’s no secret that Riley used to practice dark magic, but he gave it up gladly when he fell in love with Landon. But Riley has spent the last year trying to shield Landon from just how dark his past really was, desperate to keep him safe and hold on to their fragile relationship.
Then Dyami, Riley’s old partner, returns to town and threatens to kill them both if Riley doesn’t return to his old ways…
This was my second pick for short story week, and since I was on a roll with NetGalley and Less Than Three Press, I rolled with it. The premise looked quite good. Unfortunately for me, though, the reality was not so much.
I do still love the cover of the book, and I enjoyed learning a little about the black magic and white magic, but I think the fact it was less than 50 pgs, and started out with an explicit sex scene, and ended with a ‘world and mind blowing’ sex scene, well, I just wished I’d connected more with the characters.
And the black magic, well, the talk of revenge and an animal sacrifice on page just made me sad. The writing tended to be a little jilted, and I didn’t really get a feel for why Riley and Landon were together. Maybe if there had been a bit of a back story for how they’d met, and how Riley still had this connection and admiration for his female former dark arts partner, it might’ve worked better for me.
Anyway, I’m not sorry I gave it a try, and think the author should keep writing more, as the descriptions were pretty good. I just hope she gets a chance to work more on character development so the reader can connect more, instead of being told how things are, rather than getting a chance to feel it.
I’d give this a 6/10 pots of gold. That translates to 60% recommended out of 100%, or 3/5 stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kayla Bain-Vrba has been living in daydreams ever since she was a little girl and writing about them for as long as she can remember. It was her discovery of m/m romance that inspired her first published work at age nineteen and is the genre she feels most at home in. When she’s not writing—or is procrastinating writing—Kayla fills her time with music, her boyfriend, and planning things to a tee, even though her beloved self-help books all tell her this is even more unhealthy than her addiction to sour gummy worms.
Connect with Kayla at: