Title: His Orc is worse than his Bite
Author: Milly Taiden & Celeste King
Published by: Latin Goddess Press, Inc
Publication date: 2nd June 2022
Genre: Orc Smut
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Series: Monster Orcs of Protheka
I thought my sacrifice would allow others to live.
I trusted a young child to the care of a fearsome, if broken, Orc.
But Idra showed me salvation through his love.
It won’t be easy.
Idra has lost more than I ever had.
Losing his family left him lost in shadow.
Now, I’m determined to shine the light of love into his darkness.
And show him that he might be broken,
But he’ll never be defeated.
Not with me by his side.
Dark forces threaten to tear us apart,
But if they think we’re going to break, well—
They’re Orcing with the wrong couple.
According to my reminders, it was Orc Smut book time. I’d really like to get through some of the series of these books before the end of the year and considering The Monster Orcs of Protheka only has one more book yet to be published in the series, it was the winner…
His Orc is Worse than his Bite is from the same series as Stick an Orc in it. There’s a third book in the series, projected for release in December, called Slamming the Orc, so this series relies on its cheesy titles! Although this book is part of a series, I didn’t really see any connection to the previous book other than the world in which it is set, so I believe it can be read just as easily as a standalone.
The main characters of the novel are Jenna, a runaway from one of the human bunkers and Idra, a reclusive orc that’s struggling to deal with the crushing weight of guilt at the death of his family. The two meet when Jenna is being chased by the controlling and abusive Woodrow and Idra saves the day and, additionally, Jenna. He takes her to the tribe where he intends to leave her to live out her days with the other orcs and he’ll happily continue his miserable existence away from civilisation. Only, that doesn’t happen, feelings become a complication and things get ugly in the affairs of the heart!
The main characters in the story were endearing; Jenna was caring and sweet in taking care of her deceased friend’s son. Idra, while withdrawn was attentive and protective. They made a good match; at some point, Jenna was given the nickname Firecracker, but I didn’t really see this aspect of her character. She seemed much more of a caring individual than a hot-headed type. There we’re aspects of their relationship I enjoyed; when Jenna was caring for Idra there are heart-warming scenes of conflicting emotions that had me tittering – but I do like it when characters struggle to reconcile their emotions and it comes out as frustration!
There is a healthy dose of action in this book alongside the character drama. These scenes have certainly been improved upon compared to the previous book. There’s more detail and the words present a vivid image for the reader to grasp onto.
His Orc is Worse than his Bite is certainly a book of highs and lows. There were aspects I enjoyed, like the character development, especially Idra and the way his thoughts guided him to do some really questionable things. I enjoy the world setting that all the Protheka series draws upon and as I read more of the book, I find myself filling in the blanks. Yet, I can’t say I really enjoyed reading this book; I read it in a single session and found myself having to pause and put it down and process what I was reading. Maybe it was the over emphasis on the emotional struggle? This theme is hammered home rather a lot and while I do enjoy it, there can be too much of a good thing.
I found something about the writing style of this book particularly off putting. I struggled with the fact the tenses seemed to jump around all over the place. One minute, everything was past tense, as though the characters were recounting their story in transcript to another person. Then, they were living the action in the present tense and I just couldn’t get a proper handle on how the story was being presented. And then, Jenna, addresses the reader and breaths that forth wall and I just wanted to give up; but I didn’t because I wanted to see how everything would work out. And the ending felt so rapidly different. I know that Jenna saw Idra through his emotional torment, but he really flipped personality from withdrawn yet caring, to forceful and dominating. I felt like I was reading about a completely different character.
At one point the Orc Stronghold is under attack by the dastardly Dark Elves; led there by a traitor amongst the orcs. I don’t recall this thread of the story ever being resolved. Who let the Dark elves in? And, considering there is as much action and adventure to this book as there is romance and smut, I would have liked a little more resolution to the plot. Crossing that with the fact that Woodrow, a man who is established early on as a major villain, get’s away with his atrocities, I feel like there could be a bit more polish to the plot threads so that they don’t suffer in lieu of the romance.
Not a terrible book. The characters are interesting and endearing in their own ways. Some of the larger plot hooks suffer underneath the weight of the romance making it feel unresolved. A really odd writing style that seemed to jump about in terms of tenses. But, some good world building and much improved action scenes.