Untouchable Beauty Reviews

Untouchable Beauty (The Cubi – Book One) by Meraki P. Lyhne

Reviewed by Dan

 

Untouchable Beauty

TITLE:  Untouchable Beauty

SERIES:   The Cubi Book 1

AUTHOR:     Meraki P. Lyhne

PUBLISHER:    Self-Published

LENGTH:     229 Pages

RELEASE DATE:  October 7, 2016

BLURB:

Business school is not for Daniel. Not after making the cover of Teen Model. The only problem is that his parents don’t agree, and Daniel skips school to set his plans for fortune and fame in motion. Meeting the award-winning photographer Heimli will change his life, but not in the ways the nineteen-year-old young man expects.

At the age of four hundred thirty-six, Seldon has fed on more beautiful men than he can remember. Living in seclusion from the human world, humans are brought to the Incubi and Succubi as slaves to feed on. Amongst these slaves are the rare Untouchables. When Seldon is entrusted with the safekeeping of one, he has his work cut out for him—especially since this Untouchable gets on his nerves. And under his skin.

REVIEW:

I was hooked from the first page on this one. Truthfully the MC, Daniel, wasn’t very likeable on page one, but I was hooked anyway! I read until I couldn’t keep my eyes open last night, then jumped back up at 6 AM this morning and read the rest straight through. I’m really going to like this new series from Ms. Lyhne.

I’ll be up front and tell you that there is some dubious consent in the book. The story revolves around an ancient race of Incubi and Succubi who routinely capture humans and make them their sex slaves because the Cubi need the energy created by that sex to live off. It is written in such a way though that I don’t believe it will be a trigger for anyone reading the book.

Daniel is a spoiled nineteen-year old boy who has never had it rough his entire life. He has drifted through life getting by on his incredible beauty. He had a brief stint on a television show when he was younger, and now he is on the current cover of Teen Model magazine. His parents want him to go to business school, but he has other ideas. When Daniel runs off to the city for the day to see what he can find for modeling opportunities, his life is about to change, and not in a good way.

I enjoyed this tale of the Incubi. In this book they have sex with human males, not the traditional having sex with human females. It worked. There is a lot of sex in this one, and it is all pretty realistic…well except for those Incubi tongues…but no spoilers there!

Ms. Lyhne did a good job on world building on this one. Just enough to get by for now, without overloading us with a bunch of minutia. I felt like I got to know the characters, and within a few pages of the beginning of the book, I liked Daniel and was rooting for him. Once he met and began to interact with an Incubi named Seldon, the tale really got moving. Thrust into a world he never knew existed, can Daniel survive?

One further warning…the end of the book is little cliffhanger-ish.  OK, honestly it is a total cliffhanger. But realistically it had to be. This installment had to end somewhere and where it ended was a perfect dramatic…what happens next…moment.

I highly recommend this start to a new series, and personally I can’t wait for another book.  After that ending…I’m hoping it is soon! (tapping foot under desk impatiently….)

RATING: LoveBytes_5Hearts

Susanna Hays rated it 5 stars
I managed to read this one early and this is such an amazing story! Daniel starts off as being vain and shallow, but quickly becomes a really fun character to read about. It’s clear that he is (view spoiler) but is still a fun tease at times and can get sassy when pushed enough.

Seldon is another great character to read about. He’s alluring and I love his interactions with Daniel and the way they grow. I don’t want to spoil anything since the book isn’t out yet, but I highly recommend it to those who love paranormal M/M books and want to see something new.

Jennie rated it 5 stars
Daniel is a beautiful 19yr old aspiring model that ditches school & goes to the city to follow his dreams that do not include business school. He ends up with much more than he bargained for. He is scared out of his mind, struggling to understand where he is & what’s happening to him. Daniel tries to learn what is expected of him in this new life.

Seldon is tasked with protecting & teaching Daniel. The first few days are less than ideal for both of them but it’s a great beginning to an interesting story. I was eager to see what would happen to Daniel & Seldon & I wasn’t disappointed.

I was totally drawn into their world & man was it HOT!!!! I felt it to be a pretty believable story considering.. Although at times I struggled trying to get the titles & ranks straight in my head it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the book. I was kept entertained & engaged from beginning to end.

It was kind of cruel for it to end where it does but I believe the wait won’t be too long before we get book 2.

I really enjoyed this story & I look forward to reading the next one.

*I received an ARC for an honest review.

Levi rated it 5 stars

I was given an ARC for an honest review .

What a story! I can’t wait for book 2!

Away from the society, hidden in an old military camp lives the Incubies and Succubies . To survive they need to feed on sexual energy of humans. But not any human! Incubies and Succubies are vain creatures, that’s why the beauty of their slaves rivals with their own. Having a strict hierarchy and to maintain order, the newly kidnapped slaves, must be trained with any mean necessary.

Daniel is a 19 year old young spoiled boy. He is beautiful and he knows it. Skipping school to attend to a model shoot he get kidnapped and brought to this new world where he realized that for once, his beauty caused him more problem than advantage. But Daniel is an Untouchable so he is safe … right?

Seldon is hundreds years old born Incubus who get the task, against his will, to train the new Untouchable. He has a reputation to maintain as the one of the most cruelest and strict trainer.
Seldon is confident that this task will be not different than others. After all how hard is to train a 19 year old boy?

“Untouchable Beauty” is MM erotica with dubious consent.

*no patience here i need book 2 like yesterday!

Lindsay Crook rated it 5 stars
I read this as an ARC and omg I’m so glad I did..This story is fantastic,I love the characters Daniel and Seldon I was pretty much hooked from the start.If you like hot m/m action the supernatural and a great story I’d recommend this book.
Truus rated it 5 stars

*very kindly received an ARC from the author for a honest review*
Untouchable Beauty…….a Paranormal read (not my first choice but I don’t want to have limitations)
Well that was totally not what I expected. Didn’t read much blurb so it did surprised me
Very nice written!
Daniel an at first look shallow guy. He follows his heart and will become who he want to be. As long he is young and beautiful he wants to be a model. After making the choice between the schoolbus and the skyscrapers he find an advertise from a photographer who is looking for models. And there he goes…..following his dream….

It all runs sooo different After the make up session before the photo shoot he wakes up and find himself in a cell on a train. There are some creatures and other young people on board. What’s the destination?

When he meets his beautiful trainer and guardian and Master Seldon for the next three years he still has no idea what lies for him and what will happen.
And o there are things to happen….

He is disciplined by his master, bruised and slapped in the face. He is very afraid of his master.

He is an ‘untouchable’ and if that’s something to be pleased at….?

There is a lot a lot of sex. Sex is what drives ‘them’ what holds them alive….and ohhh did I say a lot of sex? Holy shit It’s one big orgy
I was really really surprised by this book! I don’t want to detail the story but it’s in another part of the world with creatures you will love and hate. There are all sorts in the hierarchy and a little confusing it is. But all very entertaining.
And damn there is a sort of open end and I cant stand that. Can’t wait to read the next one.

Alicia Nordwell rated it 4 stars
Untouchable Beauty has a lot of potential as a series. I started this book with the knowledge that the author tagged it dubious consent, but I think it does cross that line into non-consensual for those who are sensitive to that content. Read the warnings, people! Don’t blame a story for content the author clearly warns readers about.

Oddly enough, with my personal parenting philosophy, I felt a connection to the lead Cubi character, Seldon, once we get past the very graphic and traumatic first perhaps third of the book. Until that point, I really didn’t like him. And the whole concept of the Cubi’s culture and need for ‘food’ because they’re Incubi/Succubi felt not quite fleshed out. I mean, a culture primarily dictated by ancient beings who grew up in cultures where children were given adult responsibilities in their young teens, decides that no food can be touched until aged 22? The logic for that escaped me.

Quibbles with that, and the unexplored plot line of another slave who was brought in with Daniel, the human Untouchable (who can’t be food until he’s 22), and the cliffhanger at the end leaving the story knocked this read down to 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 starts read for me. There was so much brought in to the ‘why’ of the enslavement of humans from the Cubi’s point of view, I keep thinking that further stories must have some sort of serious revelation and change to their culture. Unfortunately, we don’t see that as the main aspect of Untouchable Beauty was Daniel’s vanity leading to him being taken, his “neglected” upbringing making him vain and spoiled, and his observations of the Cubi culture, especially from the point of views from the various slaves he encounters.

When I hit the end of the book, I actually was surprised to see the 100% symbol. It just didn’t feel complete; the abrupt end of the scene in book 1 left me with a lack of emotional conclusion that would make this was a complete story on its own. I’m interested in seeing what happens from the cliffhanger, and whether or not the author will let us see the Cubi culture now that Daniel won’t be quite as sheltered, so I will probably read the next book. I also really hope the author expands the ignored plotline with the other slave because that was completely disregarded even though it was highlighted.

booklover rated it 4 stars
**ARC RECEIVED FOR HONEST REVIEW **
This is the first book by this author i’ve read. When i saw the blurb i was curious about it as i’m a huge fan of M/M books so signed up for an arc and i’m glad i did.
At first this did remind me slightly of another M/M series i’ve read, but in that it wasn’t incubus that took the main character. Also, the hierarchy system and a few other things reminded me of the other series, but that’s where the similarities stopped. Being an “untouchable” means that because of Daniels age he’s to remain celibate until he comes of age, but because of his beauty this is going to be one hell of a challenge for his Master, Seldon, who is in charge of training him. I really liked this fact and the fact that while Daniel claimed to be “straight” when ever his Master fed his voyeuristic inner self meant he also enjoyed it. Another thing i really liked was the fact that nobody was allowed to touch Daniel. A couple of times we see Seldon almost succumb to Daniel’s beauty but he does manage to reign it in.
The ending had me ready to throw my kindle and i now can’t wait for the next book, to see what is going to happen, what the consequences are going to be….
Overall a really good read.
Laura rated it 5 stars
Untouchable Beauty (The Cubi Book 1) Meraki P. Lyhne
Meraki did a wonderful job pulling me into this story. I struggled from the very beginning to put the book down and get back to work. I’m not normally one for Cubi story lines, but I have to say I loved this one. The main character Daniel will have to work hard to get any sympathy, yet the author pulls it off by the end of the book. Seldon makes a personal journey through the story as well being forced to train a new kind of slave then he’s used too. There are the normal kinds of problems that a reader would think of in this story, yet they have been written in a new way to keep you reading.
The only negative thing I have to say about this book? It ends in a cliff-hanger which made me want to scream at the author to hurry up and write the next in the series!
A definite recommend for M/M paranormal readers!
Lee Todd rated it 4 stars
*Received an ARC for an honest review

Wow…this was different to anything I’ve read before.
The Cubi are a race of Incubi and Succubi living amongst our world . They acquire beautiful humans to keep them alive. Humans fall into several categories, one being “Untouchable” – this is what Daniel is classified as. He is given to Seldon to train.
There is a lot of sex, a lot of story and great big “AHHHH…nooooo…you can’t leave it like that!!”
I’ve been assured this is a series and I’m looking forward to the rest of it.

Paula S rated it 4 stars
The new twist on a paranormal storyline created in this book is amazing.
Daniel and Seldon`s story hooked me from the beginning I was unable to put it down and read it in one night.
I loved the chemistry between Daniel and Seldon and I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series to see how thing works out for them.
Overall a Highly Recommend, Fascinating, Enjoyable, hard to put down book. I will be looking for more books by Meraki P. Lyhne.
I was given an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
on October 16, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Untouchable Beauty had so much promise but rubbed me the wrong way in some areas. I confess that stories where the main character finds himself in a prisoner situation are kind of my thing. The psychological aspects inherent in this scenario are compelling, and I eagerly anticipated the development of the captor/captive dynamic alluded to in the blurb. The book alternates between slave Daniel’s POV and cubus Seldon’s POV so the reader is granted insight from both sides of the coin. However, a few things just didn’t work for me.

What I really disliked was the sometimes, well, preachy attitude regarding Seldon’s ideas for “raising” a young slave. I found his views on discipline and respect to be frustrating enough that I actually had to stop reading a few times out of sheer annoyance. Rarely do I read a book where I feel the author’s personal soapbox issues leak through and overshadow the story at times. This is such a book. Also, Daniel was a bit too unlikable for my taste. There just wasn’t much to endear me to him as a person except for his understandably traumatized reaction when he’s forced to watch someone be tortured. I was also disappointed that the storyline with the uncooperative new slave was left hanging with no indicator that it’ll be pursued in later books.

Will I read Book 2? I’m undecided. I’ve focused on the negatives in this review, but it wasn’t a bad book and I don’t regret buying it. I encourage people to read it for themselves and come to their own conclusions. It really is a unique, original story.

on October 9, 2016
This was definitely a type of book that I haven’t read but I love it. A race of Incubi and Succubi living in our world and acquire beautiful humans to feed on. This had some very HOT sex scenes but the story of Daniel get use to his new life with the Cubi race and Seldom learning that not every slave is trained the same. It was such a good story that when it ended I wish the next book was done. It does end in a cliffhanger but it so worth it. Now I need the next book.
on October 7, 2016
This is such an amazing story! Daniel starts off as being vain and shallow, but quickly becomes a really fun character to read about. It’s clear that he is frightened when captured but is still a fun tease at times and can get sassy when pushed enough.

Seldon is another great character to read about. He’s alluring and I love his interactions with Daniel and the way they grow. I don’t want to spoil anything since the book isn’t out yet, but I highly recommend it to those who love paranormal M/M books and want to see something new.

on October 7, 2016
The new twist on a paranormal storyline created in this book is amazing.
Daniel and Seldon`s story hooked me from the beginning I was unable to put it down and read it in one night.
I loved the chemistry between Daniel and Seldon and I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series to see how thing works out for them.
Overall a Highly Recommend, Fascinating, Enjoyable, hard to put down book. I will be looking for more books by Meraki P. Lyhne.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
on October 7, 2016
This is one of the most original, unique, fascinating, fantastic paranormal tales I’ve ever read. I was soo hooked by the hot, sexy and passionate scenes that I read it in one sitting. It’s a book I will definitely read over and over again. One-click this gem immediately!!