By Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Contact: Irene Preston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Liv Rancourt (email@example.com)
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Reviewed by Morningstar
Thaddeus Dupont has had over eighty years to forget…
The vampire spends his nights chanting the Liturgy of the Hours and ruthlessly disciplines those unnatural urges he’s vowed never again to indulge. He is at the command of the White Monks, who summon him at will to destroy demons. In return, the monks provide for his sustenance and promise the return of his immortal soul.
Sarasija Mishra’s most compelling job qualification might be his type O blood…
The 22-year-old college grad just moved across the country to work for some recluse he can’t even find on the internet. Sounds sketchy, but the salary is awesome and he can’t afford to be picky. On arrival he discovers a few details his contract neglected to mention, like the alligator-infested swamp, the demon attacks, and the nature of his employer’s “special diet”. A smart guy would leave, but after one look into Dupont’s mesmerizing eyes, Sarasija can’t seem to walk away. Too bad his boss expected “Sara” to be a girl.
Falling in love is hard at any age…
The vampire can’t fight his hungers forever, especially since Sara’s brought him light, laughter and a very masculine heat. After yielding to temptation, Thaddeus must make a choice. Killing demons may save his soul, but keeping the faith will cost him his heart.
Some of my favorite reads are by Irene Preston although this book was so unlike the others of hers that I have read but vampires and ancient orders were too much to pass up. What I love about reading books written by co-authors, especially in the case of where one is a new-to-me author and other is not, is seeing whether I can find the “voice” of the author I know. I am always very intrigued by this but rarely, like this book, am able to find the divide. These two authors, Irene and Liv, both did an excellent job blending their voices into one.
First, we have Thaddeus Dupont, the devoutly religious vampire who fights demons and his natural desires. He works for the White Monks taking down evil as a way to “save” his soul. In stumbles Sara, Sarasija Mishra; the assistant hired sight unseen who was supposed to be a girl. They both struggle with this new turn of events, Dupont with fighting his desires and need to feed from the assistant/sustenance the Monks give him and Sara from his attraction to his boss and all the danger and other worldly things that enter this new too-good-to-be-true job he took to support his mother.
This was a wonderfully written fantasy story filled with desire, action, and mystery. As with any new book, especially one that is part of a series, there is a lot of information the authors have to artfully portray without confusing or losing the reader. They accomplished this tenfold in this story. It was one of those books that was hard to put down maybe it was the detail that you soaked right up or the complexity of the characters and their development throughout the story. Very few authors I have read can pull off this type of story in a fantasy world with vampires and do it so beautifully.
I was never sure how I felt about the White Monks because some seemed like they were the good guys standing with Dupont to fight the demons that roam the earth while other seemed to wait and wish that Dupont fail. They definitely used his desire to be “redeemed” against him, to get him to do what they needed. The connection between Dupont and Sara was off the charts sensual with something that felt deeper than just sex. The sex scenes were phenomenally done and fit to the story so there always felt to be more story than sex which suited this story perfectly. The secondary characters were also well developed and as something I always like to mention in my reviews is that they had a part to play they weren’t just filler to be put into a story which makes me happy. They add to the story and to the building of the main characters.
I was and still am in awe of this book and hope everyone who loves vampires gives this story, that gives its own twist on the vampire lore, a chance because you will not regret it! It has all the things that one could ask for in a story.
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