Series: Stratum 01
Author: Zach Collins
Genre: Alternative Worlds
Length: Novella (103pgs)
Publisher: JK Publishing (5th September 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts
Blurb: Ian was a professor in college one day and a King’s consort the next. How the hell does that happen? Come along for the journey of a lifetime where one man discovers the truth about the universe and finds love along the way.
Blake was the King of the Wizard Stratum, he had just about given up hope he would find his mate. Once he does, it seems like there is one thing after another for them to deal with, including a war, and stray shifter from another Stratum.
When Blake’s mate is threatened by the Warlock who is trying to start a war, everyone will find out just what lengths he will go to keep his mate safe. But will Ian stand back and let him?
Purchase Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15993279-wasted-time
Review: Ian is a professor who is fascinated by history, and it leads to him being in the wrong place at the wrong time and finding out that his world isn’t the only one out there. Blake has been looking for his mate for a long time. When he finally does meet his mate, he finds out that he is from the Human Stratum and that Ian believes he is dreaming the Wizard Stratum.
This story has a very good premise of having Stratums (different dimensions) and different species living on each Stratum. Ian is from the Human Stratum and Blake is from the Wizard Stratum. They meet when Ian is transported to the Wizard Stratum, when he tries to stop someone from stealing what Ian thinks is an old medallion. Later, he comes to he believes he is in a coma and is dreaming and it takes Blake’s entire family and some fancy footwork to convince him otherwise. Blake looks forward to his mating, but there are problems brewing and a build-up to a war, because someone wants to take over all the Stratums.
I actually found this story to be quite good, the storyline was great and the plot very intriguing. Ian is one stubborn man and I found him to be quite amusing in his belief that he is dreaming everything. Blake is a strong character, although he needs to share the stress with Ian better. I found the supporting characters to be great and I enjoyed their interaction with each other. Ian and Blake were great together and I loved that they got to know each other before mating. Even though it might have seemed fast on our time scale, but at least it wasn’t insta mating 5 minutes after they met.
Blake and Ian together are hot, even when they are arguing and I thought they made a great couple. I am really interested to see where this Stratum series takes us. With a war starting and support from the Shifter Stratum and with Trent (Ian’s best friend) and Logan’s (Blake’s brother) story being next, I am looking forward to the next book.
I will admit that there are some editing mistakes, with spelling mistakes and words used in the wrong context, but I didn’t have a problem with the formatting that some people are complaining about. I think that those who do find themselves with formatting problems should contact the publisher direct and explain the issue.
So, I will recommend this to those who love fantasy, alternative world, ‘oh my god this isn’t happening to me’ stories, hot sex, danger, a good battle and a happy ending.