REVIEW: Stoned by Shelley Munro


IMG_20140102_072629186Title: Stoned
Author: Shelley Munro
Year of Publication: 2013
Genre: LGBT
Format: Ebook
Length: 58 pages
First Line: “Wind tore past Marc Angelo stinging his face, his eyes.”

Summary: Life is a chariot race for Marc Angelo and Tarquin Navona. Friends, rivals and rock stars of Circus Maximus in ancient Rome, they wow the fans with their daring driving and take their choice of lovers. A fine life indeed—if Marc weren’t harboring feelings for Tarquin. It’s difficult to behave normally when he craves physical contact with his friend’s muscular body, but Marc resists, too afraid of losing Tarquin entirely.
He needn’t have worried. Fate has plans for them.

Very long-term plans…

When a powerful sorcerer catches Marc and Tarquin with his wife, he curses them to imprisonment in stone. Centuries pass, and Marc’s love and lust for Tarquin only increase. His friend doesn’t have a clue, but that’s the least of their problems. They have no idea how to escape their predicament—and may be doomed to spend eternity Stoned.

Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

I enjoyed this short read by author Shelley Munro. It was quick, light and a lot of fun.

The story was set in ancient Rome and modern day Las Vegas. Which I thought gave it an interesting twist. I appreciated the author’s research of ancient Rome. I’m a bit of a fan of the history of sex. So when our charioteers were going to the brothel and saw the cravings of what each prostitute had to offer, I was like: Yes! *fist pump* Historical accuracy! I found it quite amusing as well our cursed victims had quite large bank accounts because they had opened them years ago and their money had grown over time.

I loved that Marc and Tarquin were charioteers instead of the classic gladiators that most writers seem to use. It gave this story a bit of an edge. I did enjoy the relationship between Marc and Tarquin, however, it seemed a typical ‘two friends like each other but never say anything’ / ‘gay for you’ trope. The reader can see where the plot was going from a mile away. But if all you want was a relaxing short read for the afternoon, than STONED will be perfect.

I admit that I skipped over STONED on Net Galley several times before requesting it because of the title. I thought it was about a couple gay guys getting high. I didn’t want to bother with a book about that. Overall, I am glad I gave this book a chance, but perhaps the author could have picked a different title and another way to depict Marc and Tarquin’s situation other than ‘being stoned’.

Worst part: Typical plot

Best part: Twists the author put in to make this story special

Grade: B

Recommend For: Anyone who just wants a fun read for the afternoon

Other Books by This Author: Eye on the Ball and Lone Wolf



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