How to Love a Monster

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Title: How to Love a Monster
Author: Lyssa Dering
Publisher: Disobedient Publications
Release Date: August 15th 2017
Genre(s): Romance, Paranormal, BDSM, Horror, Dark
Page Count: 50,000 words
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Dying at the hands of government goons was always going to happen. Waking up in a dark and twisted afterlife? Not the plan.

Seraphim has the superhuman ability to control his own brain. Or at least, he used to, before his government-mandated brain surgery. The surgery killed him, but life isn’t over yet. He’s just woken up, shivering and alone, in the rain-soaked alleyway of a city he doesn’t recognize.

Fiend is a childhood monster. Dreamed up by Seraphim’s friend Wish, he was imprisoned in Wish’s subconscious until the birth of Wish City, a place for people with superhuman abilities to take refuge after death. Now Fiend is free—and in charge—and he’s on the hunt for anyone with abilities once they cross over.

Eager to play with his new toy, Fiend quickly makes contact with Seraphim. Lost and injured, Seraphim lets Fiend slither into his heart. But under the aching pleasure the two find with each other is a hunger that can’t be denied, and lurking in the shadows of the neon city are truths neither man nor monster is ready to face.

How to Love a Monster is a gay erotic horror romance featuring twisted and kinky M/M sex, a diabolical love interest, and an HEA ending.

This was a nice book, very odd, but in a good way. It was really different from what I’m used to read. It was a little confusing at times, especially at the beginning, but once I understood what was going on I was totally in.

The characters were good but not particularly charming. Seraphim was too much driven by lust to make me care a lot for him. He was nice, but I feel like the emotions, and sometimes even the surviving instincts, came in second place when pleasure was involved. I had a hard time trying to figure him out.

Fiend was different. I liked him a lot more than Seraphim. When he was in the scene everything became more interesting, he was a great character and the fact that he was supposed to be a villain, as much as a main character and love interest to Seraphim. was something that got my attention and was the perfect hook to make me read the book. As a love interest he was perfect. His emotions and doubts slowly appearing was something I really enjoyed. I believed in his feelings and felt bad for some of the situations he had to face. Even though I loved him as main character, in the villain part he was lacking some aspects I seek in such characters. He was too transparent, which was bothersome. I would expect him to remain as a mystery, as he seemed at the beginning. I also didn’t find too much of a master plan or some kind of villain agenda other than feeding himself.

As for the romance, there were some sweet moments that I enjoyed a lot, especially the way Fiend perceived them. It was more lust than true emotion, but I was pleased with the few moments were the feelings seemed to make an appearance.

The book comes with some warnings that should be consider. It had some sex activities using drugs, of page murder, and some BDSM edge play, among it rape play. Overall I had a great time reading the book and trying to transport myself to this odd word created by the author. It’s not my first book from the author and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

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Galley copy of How to Love a Monster provided by Lyssa Dering in exchange of an honest review.


I love to read M/M books. I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject. Here are some of my favorite books