Title: Beckoning Blood
Author: Daniel De Lorne
Publisher: Escape publishing
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
A gripping, blood-drenched saga about twin brothers, the men they love, and the enduring truth that true love never dies — no matter how many times you kill it.
Thierry d’Arjou has but one escape from the daily misery of his work at a medieval abattoir — Etienne de Balthas. But keeping their love a secret triggers a bloody chain of events that condemns Thierry to a monstrous immortality. Thierry quickly learns that to survive his timeless exile, he must hide his sensitive heart from the man who both eases and ensures his loneliness…his twin brother.
Shaped by the fists of a brutal father, Olivier d’Arjou cares for only two things: his own pleasure and his twin. But their sadistic path through centuries is littered with old rivals and new foes, and Olivier must fight for what is rightfully his – Thierry, made immortal just for him.
Beckoning Blood by Daniel De Lorne is a gruesome tale of two brothers that spans the centuries. This story is not one of your mainstream vampire tales of a culture living alongside the humans and coexisting in their own society. This is a tale of bloodthirsty monsters with no regard for human life other than as pawns in their twisted games. There is blood, gore, manipulation, all forms of abuse, obsession, scheming, and more.
However, interspersed between the episodes of abuse and murder, there is a plot line that held my attention from start to finish. I was constantly on edge waiting for the next tidbit to show me where this was going. This was not a tale of twincest as implied by the blurb. It was the story of Olivier’s crazed obsession with Thierry and Thierry’s desire to find true love and a life away from his brother. The author did a great job portraying the relationship between the men, developing the rationale behind their actions, and displaying the deterioration of Oliviers mental status. I did not realize that this was a start to a series(actually I am still not sure this is the start to a series), so I was a little shocked with the abrupt cliffhanger ending. I was impressed with the way the author strung me along because I was hopeful I would get answers to all my questions. However, the ending left me hanging and I am disappointed that I have no clue what is going on and no clue when the next installment will be!
My biggest issue with this book is that I found the blurb a bit misleading. I have issues with the portions that make it sound like this is a tale of love. There is no love between the brothers, only obsession and towards the end, hatred. Also, there is no love that never dies. Except at the very beginning, each instance of love is one sided, and at the end, it is still questionable whether the love is returned. I guess if the tag line is to encompass a series, it might be more accurate, but based on this blurb, I expect more love story than was actually presented.
Overall, I enjoyed this story, bloody as it was. It was different than most vampire tales and I am interested to see what will happen next.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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