Herc & Pyotr (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Herc & Pytor

Title: Herc & Pyotr (Storming Love Series: Meteor Strikes Book 5)
Author: Atom Yang
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: March 24, 2016
Genre(s): Apocalyptic Romance
Page Count: 106
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Herc thought he had the perfect life: a great partner and a meaningful career as a psychotherapist–until his partner left him a week ago and Herc became too depressed to see his clients. When a random meteorite punched a tidy hole in his car’s engine, it seemed like the world had it in for him, but bumping into Pyotr, the handsome older man who’s moved in a couple of doors down and happens to study things like falling stars, things might be looking up for Herc–and more may be falling than the skies in this light-hearted, apocalyptic romance

Atom Yang had me at “light-hearted, apocalyptic romance.” In a brief 106 page novella, Yang brings together psychotherapist Hercules and Pyotr, a Slavic astrophysicist on the eve of ….. well, the destruction of life as we know it, courtesy of a huge meteor and the resulting tsunami. The cast of characters includes blonde Nestori, a gorgeous “fag stag” and widowed Pihla (“a suburban Madonna in pink”) and her son Sami.
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The resulting story is equal parts lyrical, unpredictable, beautiful, poignant, quirky, and poetic … with a touch of Douglas Adams. The love between Herc and Pyotr is rich and moving even when it appears it will be exceedingly short-lived. “I don’t love you because there’s the promise of tomorrow. I love you because there’s today.” This is unlike any M/M romance book I have ever read and it is an exquisite little gem.

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I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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