Book: Jerricho's Freedom 2nd Edition
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: February 13, 2017
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Length: 334 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
As prince of the Anzuni demon clan, Jerricho’s entire life has been planned for him. At twenty-five, he will become the crown prince of the Anzuni, marry a man chosen by his parents, and bear his husband’s children all without choice. If that wasn’t enough, he must remain a virgin until his wedding night. To do otherwise would spark an unimaginable scandal.
With only ten months until his twenty-fifth birthday, the walls close in on Jerry, and the realization that he will lose his small apartment, his job at the library, and his freedom hits hard. But that’s nothing compared to losing the man he loves. Rex is a smart and sexy construction foreman with a keen interest in demon “mythology.” When Jerry and Rex give in to spending one night together, their indiscretion can’t be kept secret for long. But that’s only the beginning of their problems.
Someone wants to harness the power of Jerry’s bloodline and his ability to conceive—someone with designs on horrifying experiments, sex slavery, and murder. Jerry and Rex are at the mercy of power-hungry sadists. With no one left to trust, they must fight for each other, their freedom—and their unborn child.
This was a “sit on the edge of your seat” kind of story. This one definitely had some dark parts and made you feel like you could lose all hope that they would get rescued. There was double crossing and more double crossing, science experiments gone wrong, sex slaves and rape, bad guys with a temper, beatings, and of course male pregnancy.
Jerricho is a demon prince and as such he has the ability to get pregnant. He’s kind of the black sheep prince since he rebels against the life his parents have set out for him. He hates the idea of having to marry someone his parents chose, he hates the idea that he will no longer have the sense of freedom he has now working at the library and the construction site with his best friend Keith. Even though he is willing to give up his freedom when the time comes. One last rebellion, one last moment for himself ends up changing his future much more than he thought possible. I completely understood his fight against the life that he was given no choice but to follow; because who doesn’t want to marry for love instead of station.
Rex’s obsession with mythology ends with him at the library using that hobby to spend time with Jerry, getting to know him, and falling for him. But he doesn't think Jerry feels the same in return; so until that first kiss he had no idea the feeling was reciprocated. Now he is determined to find a way to be with him, even by nagging Keith to help. As sweet as Rex is, he is also strong, a leader, and super protective if Jerry even after he finds out things about the world he thought were just stories.
I loved these two together, I was fighting for them to make it out alive the whole time! I loved it all. Yes, there were some minor things that I wish were different, but nothing big enough that it took away from the overall story with Rex and Jerricho. The sex between these two were hot and so them! There were many, many secondary characters who played active parts in pushing the story along...some I hated and some I loved!
I had a feeling, while reading, who the bad guys were and then I kept second guessing myself because it seemed too easy and I thank Jake for that because the twists were great and kept me on my toes. Some people may not like a story with a lot going on but to me this story would be less if not for all the smaller things that pushed the bigger plot. I do wish that we had more on page time of Jerry and Rex in the library, because seeing them interact would’ve given me a better base of their relationship depth then I did with what I was given.
I also really hope we get Eli’s story because I fell for that guy while reading this one!
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