Title: Light of the Body (Pembroke Eve Chronicles #2)
Author: Mark Alders
Publisher: Extasy Books
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: M/M & M/M/M science fiction romance
Length: 231 pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A guest review by Jenre
Enjoyable and bizarre, the second in the Pembroke Eve Chronicles, follows teenage hero Jacob as he saves the town once again.
Light of the Body continues the adventures of Jacob, Callum, Suzy, Zane and Mr. Barnaby in the town of Pembroke Eve.
Jacob and Callum, now living together with Jacob’s parents, are disturbed by a dog barking in the distance one night while getting intimate.
Jacob finally insists they investigate the reason for the dog barking and a strange man confronts them as they venture into their backyard. The events that follow are completely weird to say the least, even for Pembroke Eve standards. The man bites Callum in the scuffle that follows, and as Jacob soon finds out, that bite is a transference.
Callum is now pregnant!
In fact, the whole town has been infected, with half acting like living zombies and the other half in the hospital in the same condition as Callum. What is causing this outbreak? Only Jacob and his friends, Zane and Mr. Barnaby, seem to be unaffected. But they need to find Suzy. She’s missing and the townsfolk that are the living zombies have been saying Suzy the right one.
What is she the right one for? And what’s more, are these events all connected?
Pembroke Eve Chronicles
After reading the previous book in the Pembroke Eve Chronicles, Shadows of the Mind (reviewed here), I decided that perhaps I had taken the last book a little too seriously and that I would approach reading this book with my tongue firmly in my cheek. As a result, I got on much better with this book than I did the previous one!
The story continues 2 months on from the last book. Jacob and Callum are disturbed during the night by a barking dog. They decide to investigate and are horrified when Callum is bitten by a mystery man. Jacob and his parents take Callum to the hospital where they discover that he’s been impregnated by a mutant insectoid embryo, along with half the rest of the town. Jacob is determined to discover what is happening and, with the help of his friend Zane, sets out to discover what is infecting the townsfolk and making them act like zombies.
One of the reasons that I liked this book more than the previous was due to the character of Zane who I much prefer to the wishy-washy Callum. Zane has a cheeky humour about him and during their time together, Zane and Jacob spar with witty insults and ribald jokes. I also liked that Zane was a take charge sort of guy (as did Jacob) and that he didn’t allow Jacob to become caught up in his own fears. As Callum is pretty much out of the picture for most of the book, Zane and Jacob have an opportunity to get to know each other better. Those of you who look for total fidelity in their m/m books may not like the way that Zane and Jacob’s relationship develops. but I felt that their age and the fact that things work out very well for the trio, saved it from being too heavy in the infidelity plot.
Let’s face it, non of the plot was heavy going as I chucked my disbelief out of the window and hung on for the breathless ride. Along the way I encountered zombie townsfolk, evil adversaries, government conspiracies, mythological creatures and good old Mr Barnaby helping to save the day again. There’s was lots of lust and sex, teenage angst, confessions and being chased by mutant creatures. It was Scooby Doo crossed with Skins and I enjoyed myself thoroughly.
Having said that, I did have a few niggles. Firstly, the author is obsessed with bodily fluids and during the story the heroes get covered with a nasty range of them, which, I have to be honest, made me a little nauseous at times and wanting to reach for the bleach. Linking in with this is the amount of sexual references in the story. The guys are always thinking about sex, getting hard, coming in their pants and having sex (none of which happens with condoms), all at what I would consider inappropriate moments. It did make me roll my eyes a little at how completely hormone soaked these guys are. Finally, and also related to sex, there’s a point in the book where Jacob is possibly infested but that seems to be forgotten about as the book progresses and I wondered what had happened to that possible plot complication.
Despite all the misplaced sex and sexual longing, this was still a very enjoyable book. The sheer breadth of imagination in the sci-fi plot was just marvellous and I felt this plot hung together better in terms of what was happening to the townsfolk and why, than it had done in the previous book – I certainly couldn’t find fault. If you’re looking for a lighthearted sci-fi romance with a couple of engaging leads (yes, I even liked Jacob better in this book, even if he was led about by his dick most of the time), then I would recommend Light of the Body. I’m looking forward to reading the third book where it looks like Jacob is kidnapped as a sexual slave – how terrible for him!