Napoleon Charming-Balak has been crushing on the "exchange student" that's been staying with him for the last six months.
The object of his crush: Sixten Dahl, a straight boy that seems to get his kicks from flirting with, then torturing, Napoleon in the cruelest of ways. Is it any wonder Nap, and his best friend Moused, are high-tailing it to New York City as fast as they possibly can? If there's one thing Napoleon is hoping for, it's that life in the Big Apple will be exactly what his self-esteem needs to get over the Swedish tease that has been tormenting him all summer long.
If he could only stop thinking about Sixten long enough to enjoy it.
Napoleon, a werewolf, is gay and has a crush on a guy. Not too unusual except the guy he’s crushing on, Sixten, is straight. On top of that Napoleon is getting mixed signals from Sixten. Six keeps “seeming” to make moves on Nap but then Six pushes him away and Nap is more crushed each and every time.
When Napoleon leaves for college in NYC (he lives in Nevada), he’s thrilled that he won’t be around Sixten any longer and can try to move on. That’s until Sixten and his friend Theo show up at his house in NYC stating that they are his new roommates. Whaaaaa? Poor Napoleon, he just wanted to get away from his feelings for Six and he can’t do that when he’s got the room next door and he’s sharing a bathroom with the guy. The longer they’re together though Nap starts to think that there could be more to Six’s actions towards him than he thought.
I was contacted by the author and asked if I wanted to read this story and write a review. I have to say I was a bit hesitant because even though it says it’s a stand alone novella, that’s pretty hard to accomplish when it’s the fifth book in a series. I took my chances and I’m so very glad I did. It was really good and now I want to go back and read the first 4 books in the series. If her other books are written as well as this one was I know I’ll love them too.
This story is told from Napoleon’s POV and through this we see his personality shine through. He is charming (as his last name states), witty, loyal to his friends, and tells his story so well I couldn’t get enough of it. The author has Napoleon’s voice down and she did a great job making him a warm, funny and memorable character. Most of the time when I read a story that is told in first person I’m dying to know what the other person is thinking or feeling but I was so entertained by Nap that I never once felt like I was cheated in the story.
Napoleon and Six’s relationship was an odd one and it definitely kept me on pins and needles. It was sad and frustrating at times but ended well. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll try not to tell you more. I do wish that we had gotten more of the last part of the story. There was something monumental that was going to happen and we never actually got to see how that turned out which was maddening, I must say. I shook my Kindle when it said “The End” like it was going to produce more pages or something. FYI - it didn’t, which sucked.
Napoleon was a great story and one I know I’ll reread in the future.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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