More Than a Stud by Jerry Race

91fPE0R9JPL._SL1500_Title: More than a Stud

Author: Jerry Race

Genre: Fantasy/ Paranormal/ Contemporary

Length: Novella (114 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-927185-56-1

Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2.75 Hearts

Reviewer: Eli

Blurb: Will stakes and fangs keep Shane and Jamie from being a couple before their relationship begins?

Shane Richards, 24, male model, has a few problems. His rival threatens to discredit him if he participated in the upcoming America’s Top Male Model contest. Near his twenty-fifth birthday, the dormant vampire abilities within him begin to surface and he starts having nightmares about meeting his so-called father whom he’s never met. As if that isn’t enough one of his male friends, who has the hots for him is determined to make him his lover. On his twenty-fifth birthday, his nightmares come true and he winds up risking his life in a battle with his father over a pendant with supernatural powers.

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Review: Okay it was hard to put this story into a neat slot.  There are a number of stories that are swirling around.  There is the story of Jamie and Glow who are vampire slayers and run a model agency. Then there’s the story of Shane who’s a latent vampire about to come into his powers.  He’s been having nightmares and visions of who might be his father. Then there is the political battle ensuing with Shane’s vampire father and his need for vampire world domination.  Then somewhere in there is a supposed romance between Jamie and Shane.

The plot ideas are great and would make for a superb book, however it doesn’t work well in a novella because none of the stories is developed well enough. Especially the romance between Shane and Jamie. That story falls flat because the reader doesn’t ever see how that relationship develops or what the two men have in common.  In fact, there is little character development of either Jamie or Shane.

The vampire intrigue and the need for Shane’s father to get back the ‘key’ is the most well-developed plotline in the story and if being measured on that alone, then the story would be a resounding 3. However, because all these other elements are introduced, as additions or sub plots, then there is a need to see them all handled with finesse and care.

Great plot idea, but I think the story needs more development.