The Last Yeti, by Tully Vincent
A Love is an Open Road Novel
Release Date: August 2015
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Jrake is a yeti-shifter who has lost contact with others of his ancient species. Emerging from years of self-imposed isolation, he’s desperate to find proof that he’s not alone in a world full of the humans he hates.
Rohn Sheldon lost everything that mattered to him in a devastating moment of inattention. Gone are his lover, his right arm, and his career. His belief in himself is at an all time low as he struggles to find his place in a world he’s no longer sure he wants to belong to.
Two men, one facing cataclysm, the other fighting his way back from it. Can they find hope in each other?
Character With Disability
I saw a review of this book a while back and was immediately intrigued! Not only is it a shifter romance (I have a weakness y’all), but a yeti shifter romance? Well, that’s certainly something new. This is a free read, written for the “Love is an Open Road” event on the Goodreads M/M Romance group, where writers selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
As far as the plot goes, I’ll give this two thumbs up for sheer originality. Seriously, yeti shifters, how cool is that?
I really enjoyed the mythology that was created in this world, and the way all of the little plot threads tied together. Tully took the time to create a backstory and build a world around Jrake, a lone yeti desperate to find others of his kind.
However, can I just say that it really bothers me when characters have weird names and no one calls them on it? Like seriously, the main character’s name is Rohn? It’s such a bizarre name. Jrake I can understand, because obviously he is not human, although I kept wondering why no one called him “Jake” instead (which is what I called him in my head).
Parts of this story really struck me, and I found some of the descriptions to be absolutely beautiful. The emotions were well written, and I could really connect with the characters.
Jrake had no idea what this human would be like once he was fully awake and functional. He’d seen how quickly their species could become deadly. And yet… this man was nothing like any Jrake had observed. What sort of human had he come upon? One that wept with eagles and called a yeti pretty. Jrake smiled.
But OH MY GOD Rohn drove me crazy! He lost his right arm in an accident, and has been struggling since then to find meaning in his life. He’s an artist who can’t create art anymore, a son whose father barely talks to him, and he has a whole host of weird mental issues… some of which admittedly made me very uncomfortable (like his actions when he gets into the limo after arriving in Alaska). But this man is SO STUBBORN that I wanted to kick him in the butt.
I loved Jrake though. While Rohn was a loose canon who made me clench my jaw in frustration, Jrake was really fascinating. His emotional transformation is very well-written, as he moves from distrust of all humans to slowly trusting and loving Rohn. He’s terrified of the possibility of betrayal, or discovery, but Rohn’s ability to see the world helps him learn that not all humans are bad.
It’s a really good read, and highly recommended. Plus, it’s free, so can’t go wrong checking it out! I would have loved this a lot more if Rohn had been a more enjoyable character, but I just didn’t enjoy reading him. But the unique plot and Jrake’s character really helped make this novel!
This novel is currently being revised, and a sequel is planned.
Transplanted some years ago from a southern suburb near the Atlantic to a rural California ranch a couple hours from the Pacific, Tully lives with a bunch of dogs miles off a bumpy dirt road in the middle of nowhere.
Tully enjoys writing stories set in alternate worlds, sometimes featuring broken boys that happen to have long hair, and shooting for at least a HFN ending. When not reading or writing, Tully paints , draws, and hangs out with dogs.