Book Reviews

Henchman's Mate by Sammi Cee and Brittany Cournoyer

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Angels/Demons / Interspecies / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 23-February-2021

Book Blurb

Sucking souls is hell on the love life.

The last thing I needed in the middle of a job was to get caught in my full demonic form by a puny human named Darren. 


I know I have to do the right thing—as much as it pains me—and put him on lockdown for his own protection. Now if he would just stop talking…


Book Review

“I couldn’t have dreamed you into existence because I didn’t even know I needed you. You must have been sent to me.” ~ Kamand Kojouri


To say that Darren, of ‘Henchman’s Mate’ by Sammi Cee and Britany Cournoyer, is unlucky in love is an understatement. It seems that every relationship he is in falls apart. Darren longs for someone to love him for who he is, he just doesn’t expect his “Romeo” to come in the form of a demon.


Cyrus was hoping to have more time before he was prematurely pressed into service by his ambitious and not so forthcoming father. Now his days are filled with seeking out people with black souls in order to act as judge, juror, and executioner. He is tired, tired of living in a dump, constantly having to prowl around at night to feed on the negativity and evil that exists in his victims. He is lonely but doesn’t have time to acknowledge it much less act upon it. Other than quickies with nameless, faceless men, he has no contact with humans or anyone else for that matter. That is until he runs into Darren.


Cyrus is not even sure why he is even listening to the little twink; there is something incomprehensible about his attraction to the man. Any other time, Cyrus would be able to simply walk away but with Darren, he feels compelled to stay. And why does he feel this intense need to protect the man? Cyrus is not there to be with Darren. He has a target. It just so happens to be one of Darren’s ex-boyfriends. When Cyrus takes the man outside with him and does his thing – which is to proclaim his mark’s sins before sucking his soul from his body – he is unaware that Darren has followed him outside and witnesses the entire event.


When Cyrus realizes that Darren has witnessed the judgment, he knows he has a real problem. From what he has been told, Darren needs to be eliminated, but he can’t bring himself to do so. Especially since Darren, instead of being terrified, thinks what he did was frightening, but fitting. His urge to protect Darren goes into overdrive. He is not entirely sure why, but Cyrus knows that he must protect Darren at all costs, so he does the only thing he can think of to do. He takes him home with him. Even though Darren is given opportunities to escape, he never does. Things continue for a while with Cyrus catering to Darren, even taking him to work with him since it is the only way he can protect him all the time. He is still amazed that Darren isn’t terrified of him. One night, while Cyrus is asleep, he has a nightmare. Darren takes a chance and climbs into bed with him. When Cyrus wakes up with Darren so close to him, he has a startling epiphany; the reason he feels so protective toward Darren is that Darren is his mate!


In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to admit that this is not the type of book I usually read. However, I was attracted by the cover and once I started reading it, was so taken by the characters and the plot that I didn’t want to stop. The humor, although dark, is hilarious. Darren is adorable if not occasionally annoying in his quest for knowledge. The banter between Cyrus and Darren is so funny. Darren’s total lack of fear and disdain for what Cyrus does is unfathomable, but convenient considering they are lovers. Darren’s mother was the ultimate mama bear. I loved her for her loyalty to Darren and Cyrus by extension. Thanks, Sammi and Britany! I’m hoping that Erlick will get his own story soon.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 163 pages/46000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-January-2021
Price $3.99 ebook
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