Close Quarter by Anna Zabo ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

Close Quarter Title: Close Quarter

Author: Anna Zabo

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: April Martinez

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

On a transatlantic cruise to New York, sculptor Rhys Matherton struggles to piece his life back together after losing his mother, inheriting a fortune, and finding out his father isn’t his father after all. He spills a tray of drinks on a handsome stranger, then he finds himself up against a wall getting the best hand-job he’s ever had. And for the first time in his life, he feels whole.

Rhys enjoys the company of Silas Quint, but for the eerie way no one pays attention to them even while they kiss in a crowded bar. Silas explains he’s a forest fae able to glamor the room around them—and more importantly, that he’s on the cruise to hunt vampires. Rhys thinks Silas is full of it, until he discovers vampires are real, and he’s part of their main course.

Silas Quint can’t be distracted by a human lover, even one as lovely as Rhys. Stuck in the middle of the ocean, he has barely enough of energy to hunt the vampires he’s been sent to destroy. Rhys is full of the one thing Silas needs needs most—the element of living plants. Only sucking energy from Rhys would make Silas as soulless as the creatures he hunts. How can he keep Rhys safe, without becoming like the very monsters he hunts?
Note:This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, violence.

PizzyGirl’s View:

Angels, daemons, vampires, Fae? Yes, please. I enjoyed this paranormal story. I was pulled in from the beginning wanting to know more about the characters, about the world, about Silas’s mission. I wanted to know what the heck Rhys was and what he meant to Silas. I wanted more HOT encounters between these two men.

The story itself was great. I love good vs. evil stories. I love seeing the interactions between the bad guys and how the good guys rise above their failings/insecurities to win in the end. I like when the story has some fighting and a bit of intrigue to keep me guessing. Close Quarter has all of that. The world was great and the plot was interesting and I connected with the characters. In fact, once I found out there was another story featuring these men. I requested to review it immediately.

My biggest issue with this story was the romance itself. Not that it was pretty instant, this was a paranormal tale, matings are usually instant. The issue I had was that it was sappy. It was at odds with the blood, fighting, and plot itself. I love the idea that these two men are meant for each other and enhanced each other’s power. That each needed to other to motivate them to want to stay alive in the endless fighting against the soulless. But the sappy talk of forever and the constant apologizing and the insistent desire to protect the other by leaving him behind, just didn’t work for me.

Please be warned that there is a lot of sex in this story. It was HOT and often times pushed the boundaries of voyeurism. But it was not entirely out of place or gratuitous. The sex was used to further the romance and to heal in times of need. It was also just because the men are insanely attracted to one another, but I did not feel overwhelmed with the amount of it.

My last thought on this is for Ms. Zabo herself…Will Vasil get a story of his own? I do hope so.

Buy Links

Loose Id
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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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