Review: Mark of the Incubus

incubusRobert Layton is dead.

But at the same time, he isn’t. He eats and breathes, walks and talks, but to the rest of the world he might as well not even exist. He’s forgotten as soon as he’s out of sight.

A former cop, Robert’s arrogant ways led to him being possessed and then destroyed by an ancient evil, a demon that preys on man’s deepest desires. Now that same demon has led him to its latest victim, the first person capable of remembering Robert since his death.

Caleb Miller has made some monumentally stupid decisions, all before the age of twenty-three. He dropped out of college, is stuck in an affair with a married man, and struggles to make ends meet as a folk singer at the same coffee shop he slings drinks at all day.

When a handsome stranger shows up and claims Caleb’s been possessed by a strange sex demon, he’s obviously skeptical. But Robert turns out to be the man of his dreams, and Caleb can’t believe his luck. Too bad Robert has vowed never to touch him.

Forced to live together while battling their intense attraction for each other, they must find a way to stop the demon before it’s too late to save Caleb’s life and his memory of Robert.

Right from the first three sentences of the blurb for Mark of the Incubus I was curious about what kind of story this was going to be. What I ended up with was a little unexpected but definitely not unenjoyable. This ended up being a really fantastic fantasy romance (bonus: LGBT) with a lot of really cool elements and a great storytelling style. I haven’t read any of Hutch’s work before, but I’ll absolutely be on the look out for more.

Robert was the character who ended up intriguing me the most, though his dynamic with Caleb was a lot of fun to read. The tension coming off both of them was near-palpable and absolutely hard to resist. Highly recommended!


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