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Title: Partnership Reborn
Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Genre/Sub-Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
All his life, wizard Raphael Tarayaud has dreamed of a vampire—first as a friend, then as a lover. His search for his missing soul mate brings him to the attention of Sebastien Noyer, one of his childhood heroes. While Sebastien isn’t his soul mate, he could be the perfect partner for Raphael’s best friend Kylian Raffier.
As strange coincidences mount up, Raphael offers his research expertise to try and help Kylian and Sebastien understand what is happening to them, though the more he learns, the less he likes it. But it won’t keep him from fighting with everything he has to secure Kylian’s future.
When he finally meets Jean Bellaiche, former chef de la Cour and grieving widower, the meeting is disastrous, but Raphael can’t let it go. He doesn’t stand a chance with Jean—who could compete with the ghost of Raymond Payet?—but nothing can stop him from dreaming.
Alain and Orlando? Thierry and Sebastien? Jean and Raymond?
Which couple is your favorite? Everyone has one if they’ve read into the second book of Partnership in Blood. It’s inevitable. You can enjoy all three couples, but you’re going to end up with a favorite What’s interesting to me, besides who prefers which couples, is how those opinions change sometimes. I started the series with the idea that it was Alain and Orlando’s story and everyone else would fill the role of supporting characters. And for some people, that’s the way the story continued to play out. It certainly was true of the first four books. The fact that the epilogue (*ducks and hides*) comes back to Alain and Orlando after everything that’s happened shows just how much the original arc was intended to be their story.
I say intended because, for me, that changed over the course of the series. I still love them. Alain’s generosity of spirit and Orlando’s courage in taking a chance on love despite all the abuse he had suffered in his life before he met Jean will never stop being powerful to me, but Jean and Raymond wormed their way into my heart, and I think that shows as the series goes on.
So what is it about them that calls to me? And not just to me – more than one person has had the same experience with them, especially on a second or third read.
The answer isn’t simple, but I think it stems from the fact that they were supposed to be my failed couple. Not that Jude and Adèle would ever have gotten on well even if Jean and Raymond had toed the line and stayed apart the way I’d planned, but they aren’t any good at following directions. They went into the alliance seeing it as a necessity in Jean’s case and a pain in the ass in Raymond’s case. They didn’t want a deeper bond, and they fought it tooth and nail. Once they finally accepted that it was happening, though, they fought for it just as hard, because, you see, Jean and Raymond hate to fail. Hate it. They’re so strong and so self-sufficient and so controlled that being successful was a far harder fight than staying apart, but failure would have been worse, and so they learned to bend and they learned to lean on each other and they learned to admit what they were feeling.
So yeah, I ended up totally head over heels for them, as in love with them at the end of the series as I was with Alain and Orlando at the beginning.
Which, to some extent, made the prologue of Partnership Reborn even harder to write than the epilogue of Reparation in Blood. But it’s what made Partnership Reborn a necessity. I will argue until I’m blue in the face that Alain and Orlando got the ultimate happily ever after. Jean would never make Orlando’s choice, but I had to make sure he and Raymond got theirs as well.
“Tell me again why we’re doing this?”
Raphael Taravaud looked up from his perusal of his closet, where he had been searching for the perfect shirt to wear when they went out. Kylian Raffier, his best friend since childhood, leaned casually against the doorframe, looking far too good for Raphael’s peace of mind. Kylian had long, straight black hair and just the hint of a beard, exactly the kind of man Raphael would go for, except for one small detail: Kylian wasn’t for him. He had tried more than once to translate that into words everyone else could understand, but he had never managed, even to his own mind. He could only say that he knew. The very essence of his being cried out for its mate, and Kylian was not it.
“Because I’ve looked everywhere else I can think of,” Raphael replied. “The same vampires show up at l’Institut practically every time they have their dinners, and none of the others want partners. He’s out there somewhere, Ky. I just have to find him.”
“So you’re going clubbing in Paris in the hope of miraculously running across him, and you’re dragging me with you because I have nothing better to do on a Friday night than follow your sorry ass around from club to club,” Kylian scoffed. “This is your worst idea yet.”
“Then come up with a better one,” Raphael challenged. “You think I enjoy this? You think I enjoy walking around feeling like half of me is missing?”
“You’re so damn sure,” Kylian said with a shake of his head. “How do you know this?”
“I don’t,” Raphael admitted, because for Kylian, he would try again to do what he had yet to manage for anyone. “I just know something’s missing—and from everything I’ve learned about partnerships, that’s what it feels like, except my partner isn’t here. You remember some of the accounts we studied of partners who were separated during the war, or later for various reasons? How the bond helped them find their partners again by sense alone? I have that sense. I feel that tug, except I’ve never met the man on the other end. I’ve tried following it, but it’s too nebulous to lead me anywhere.”
“You’re so sure it’s a man. What are you going to do if it’s a woman?” Kylian teased.
“I guess I’ll learn to like tits,” Raphael said with a shrug, but he was not worried. He could not explain the connection he had felt—and missed—for as long as he could remember, but he was done waiting for his partner to find him by conventional means. His vampire was out there somewhere, and he was going to find him. Whatever it took.
“I still say you’re setting yourself up for disappointment,” Kylian said. “Even if you find your partner, the kind of bond you’re looking for is incredibly rare. It wasn’t just any separated partners who found each other again by sense alone.”
“Not as rare as it used to be,” Raphael replied. “There were two in the previous generation.”
“And one is dead, and the other now lives completely retired from society,” Kylian reminded him. “Not a great recommendation for anyone considering that choice.”
“But what grand love stories they were!” Raphael said. “Like you wouldn’t jump at the chance for that kind of love if it came your way.”
About the Author:
Ariel Tachna lives outside of Houston with her husband, her daughter and son, and their cat. Before moving there, she traveled all over the world, having fallen in love with both France, where she found her husband, and India, where she dreams of retiring some day. She’s bilingual with snippets of four other languages to her credit, and is as in love with languages as she is with writing.
Visit Ariel at her website http://www.arieltachna.com or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ArielTachna, or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Ariel Tachna has kindly offered 1 lucky commenter a copy of their choice of Partnership Reborn or Alliance in Blood (book 1 in the series).
Locally held contests will end 7 days from original posting date at 8pm CDT. Must be 18 or older to enter, void where prohibited.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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