Friday, January 24, 2014

The Loving Husband and the Faithful Wife - by Kit Power

3.5 of 5 Stars    Review copy

Two stories combine to make up this novella size release from Black Beacon Books.  The first is a tale of the lengths a man will go to in order to restore balance to the relationship between The Loving Husband and the Faithful Wife.

When the couple decides to add a sun lounge to the rear of their house we discover one of the workers to be young, handsome, tall, and muscular.  It's not difficult to see where this is going.

The cover art, from the talented Greg Chapman, shows a PG version of a tatoo on the worker's right shoulder, "It depicted a red devil lady, in a cartoonish style, naked to the torso with her red breasts and pert nipples on clear display.  Her face bore a smile of perfect depravity and the wink she was tipping left nothing (and everything) to a fevered imagination.  Beneath her chest, a banner, written all in capital letters in a gothic script , simply declared 'BAD BOY.'"

The Loving Husband and the Faithful Wife is told completely from the point of view of the husband's somewhat twisted mind and the end result is somewhat predictable.

The Debt, for me, was the better of the two stories, featuring excellent pacing.  I could feel the panic rising as the protagonist slowly realizes the gravity of the situation he has gotten himself into.

Both tales are for mature readers, the first for sexual situations and the second for extremely raw language.  It's all relevant, but I couldn't even find a suitable quote from The Debt because every good line is laced with expletives.

I'm glad I got to read The Loving Husband and the Faithful Wife and look forward to reading more from author Kit Power who, in his alter ego as Kit Gonzo, performs as front man (and occasionally blogs) for death cult and popular beat combo The Diciples of Gonzo.

The Loving Husband and the Faithful Wife is available now at

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