Monster (Vertex #1)

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Title: Monster (Vertex #1)
Author: Soren Summers
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Genre(s): Horror, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Gay Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 326 pages
Reviewed by: Natalie
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Bloodied corridors. Mangled bodies. Deranged test subjects. Just another day at Vertex, a corporation devoted to perfecting humanity by any means necessary. It’s up to Jarod Samuels to keep the hallways pristine and safe, but scrubbing bloodstains and bagging bodies is losing its luster.

Then someone new joins his department, this man with a huge ego and an even huger mouth. Gabriel Anderson is infuriating but intriguing, as brash as he is beautiful, and almost enough to keep Jarod preoccupied. Almost.

But between workplace hazards, psychic sociopaths, and a mysterious formula that alters the human body, Jarod’s doubts are surging. Should he stay with the corporation, or run like hell? This is Vertex, after all, where the walls watch with glass eyes, the laboratories groan with secrets – and employee termination ends more than just careers.

This romantic horror story is approximately 88,000 words in length.

This book was recommended by Jay over at Cocky Reviews, so I decided to pick it up via Kindle Unlimited. I don’t read many M/M horror stories so I was anxious to see how this one would turn out and it was badass!

Monster is Soren Summers’ debut novel. The story follows Jarod, a guy who works in waste management at Vertex. Waste management does not mean what you think it means. Vertex is a billion dollar company that dabbles in a bit of everything. On the outside, it appears to be a bastion of scientific research, but multiple underground floors hide away some insane experiments.

Jarod’s job is to contain the subjects (many have volunteered for these experiments) when they escape. He’s also tasked with sweeping up the aftermath in laboratories when things go awry. Aftermath = blood and gore. He also takes out the trash at night. The bags are filled with things Jarod suspects are body parts, but he never asks questions. For the most part, he keeps his head down to keep the paycheck coming in. What makes Jarod so good at his job is his ability to disconnect from his duties. He leads a relatively mundane life, but he also wants to move up in the company.

Vertex hires a new guy, Gabriel. Gabriel has a connection to Jarod (which they discover during their initial encounter), and because Jarod is so good at his job, his supervisor enlists him to teach Gabriel the ins and outs of Vertex. Jarod finds Gabriel to be cocky and he’s itching to fuck up his world.

This is where our story picks up.

Monster wasn’t anything that I anticipated.


Holy moly at the 70% mark I was flipping pages like no one’s business. Summers’ writing grips you. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’m a greedy reader. The best part about the bonus ending is you get things from Gabriel’s perspective which helps fill in the blanks to some degree. Well, if you sign up for Soren’s mailing list which I happily did. I cannot wait to read more from this author. I eagerly await Book Two!

I give Monster (Vertex Book 1) five fantastic stars.

The book is currently on sale via Kindle Countdown for $0.99, grab it while you can if you don’t have a Kindle Unlimited membership!

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Galley copy of Monster (Vertex Book 1) was borrowed by this reviewer via Kindle Unlimited.