Review: The Foul Mouth and the Troubled Boomworm by Richard Raley

Posted May 22nd, 2013 in book review / 10 comments

The Foul Mouth and the Troubled Boomworm

King Henry Tapes Series, #3

by Richard Raley

Publisher: Self-Published (May 10, 2013)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Format: eBook (323 pages)
Source: Review Request
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

King Henry Price has faced down the Coyote Nation, he’s faced down the Vampire Embassies, he’s even making money from his Artificer Shop now, but nothing could prepare him for . . . his ex-girlfriend.

Valentine Ward, the one and only Boomworm, is in town. Now a Recruiter for the Institution of Elements, she has a favor to ask of King Henry . . . just one little story to convince a teenage girl that either she learns to control the Mancy or the Mancy will control her.

Into madness and an early grave.

One little story for one little sister.

One little story for Christmas Ward.

At A Glance
Mind. Explosion. If you aren’t reading this series, then something is wrong with you. And I mean that in the most respectful way. 😉

Caution: I get a little rough and sweary when writing the Foul Mouth book reviews. These books bring it out of me.

The Good
You know what, Raley? I don’t even trust you anymore. I don’t know if I want to punch you in the throat or lick your brain. Seriously, that ending. My brain has still not processed it. That’s one hell of a knee in the crotch. Didn’t see that one coming. You might as well have paid a hobo to jump out and flash me his junk and add little tassels on his testicles just for sh*ts and giggles, but even then, that wouldn’t have been as shocking as what you did. And damn you to hell, I loved it. So effing amazing.

Anyways, I guess I should get to the review. Though ranting at Raley a little more would be more satisfying, but duty calls. Let’s start with what this series is about. King Henry Price (effed up name, I know, but kind of what makes the whole thing funnier) is one of a few who have special abilities in which they can manipulate energy and…stuff. Sh*t, I don’t know, its complicated, get off my back (Yeah, my inner King Henry coming through). Anyways, they are called mancers. They are recruited to a special school to learn about their abilities. This series follows the personal recordings of King Henry. He tells us about his time at the school and his life after the school. Sounds simple. It’s not. King Henry’s life is full of complications, danger, and a lot of swearing. In each book, we go back and forth between the recounting of stories of young King Henry (15) and older King Henry (23). I really, truly love this set up. Because both King Henrys are awesome. Young King Henry is a mixture of smart, stupid, and horny while older King Henry is more a mixture of smart, stupid, and horny…wait!! I have to rethink this. No, sounds about right.

King Henry is a one of a kind character. He’s a jerk. No doubt about it. He’s even mean sometimes, but it’s always in good fun. He may call you a fire crotch but he would put himself in the line of fire the next minute to save your life. You have to take the sour with the sweet. I think this book is a major turning point for King Henry. His on again off again girlfriend, Valentine, is back in town. Val needs King Henry to convince her sister, Christmas (I swear, I want to pop out a kid just so I can name her Christmas. I never thought of that as a name until now), that going to the mancer school is the only option for her unless she wants to go insane by age 30. Spoiler: But as King Henry and Val’s family sit down for dinner to have a talk, men in combat gear come and snatch Christmas up for God knows what reason. Now it’s up to King Henry and Val to get her back. But the people behind the kidnapping are some scary mofos and no one is brave enough to take them on, except King Henry.

I was so happy to finally get to know Val more. She seems like a complicated character, and she is, but she is also so simple. She doesn’t play games. She is up front and almost as aggressive as King Henry. She is the only one who truly put up with King Henry’s crap all these years and still stayed friends with him. She never tried to change him, she loved him for his humor, his courage, and even his foul mouth.

This story blew my mind. The twists and turns about blew my socks off. The action kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The humor, as always, was top notch. If you want to laugh, if you want to be shocked, if you want to be entertained, then read this series. The writing is different and it works perfectly for the feel of the book. These books have personality, a whole bunch of face-smacking personality. And after that ending, there is so much tasty possibility for the rest of the books. This sh*t is going to get real, people!

The Bad
All I can say is that it took me a little longer to get use to the writing style this time around. But after a chapter or two I was fine.

The Snuggly
I was so happy to see a little romance this time around. The Foul Mouth books are not romantic by any means, so it was a pleasant surprise to find it in The Foul Mouth and the Troubled Boomworm. I am a girl after all, so I got all doey eyed just seeing King Henry go gooey over Val. It was freakin’ adorable.

Expect a lot of cursing and sexual references. And a little sex.

Final Thoughts
Love! I have a whole bunch of sloppy love for this book. There are three or four series in my life that would be hard to live without and the King Henry Tapes is one of them. Everyone needs to give these books a chance because they will give you bookgasms. Lots and lots of bookgasms. Highly recommended.

“Fine!” Raj sulked, accepting his broken state and giving up on just the tinniest bit of his usual polite and reserved attitude, “I’m in love…with Miranda.”

“Can people be in love with gingers, is that allowed?” I asked.

Terminator seemed to think both sides over before motioning towards Matrix to holster his weapon. There was no argument once the decision was made. “Don’t think this means you’re going to survive this,” he warned.

“I always plan for death,” I mouthed off, “find it keeps me alive.”

“I don’t want to leave you.”

“Worried I have a concussion?”

“…More like sure you have one, given that you’re King Henry Price and you haven’t looked at my breasts once this entire time.”

“First time lechery helped diagnose someone…”

King Henry Tapes Series: (My past reviews are linked)
Book #1: The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady
Book #2: The Foul Mouth and the Cat Killing Coyotes
Book #3: The Foul Mouth and Troubled Boomworm

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10 Responses to “Review: The Foul Mouth and the Troubled Boomworm by Richard Raley”

  1. Elisa

    I have never heard of these, so there is obviously something wrong with me. However, you have convinced me that I need to fix that! These sound like such freaking fun, I can’t wait to dig in.

  2. Elisa

    PS – I just went to amazon and book 1, the foul mouth and the fanged lady is FREEEEEEEEE. Life is good.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Hells yeah, I didn’t even know that. I think the author might have mentioned it and I forgot. Not sure. This works perfectly just in case you don’t like it.

  3. Jaclyn Canada

    I am tastefully reprimanded for something being wrong with me LOL. I will admit that being the cover whore I am that on first glance I would not have expected this one to be a five star book. I know, break out the ruler and smack my hand already, but please no knee in the crotch cause even though I’m a girl, those still hurt. I’m so glad you loved this one as much as you did especially after the disappointment of the last one. Thanks to Elisa, I’ve picked up Foul Mouth and The Fanged Lady Free from Amazon. The rest are on my To-Read list. Thanks for a great review 😀 I can’t wait to read this one! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      LOL. I know, I know, the covers aren’t great but after you read the books they actually work. So happy Elisa mentioned the free thing so you can read it risk free. I am crossing my fingers you love it.

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