Shades of Sepia by Anne Barwell ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

A serial killer stalks the streets of Flint, Ohio. The victims are always found in pairs, one human and one vampire.

Simon Hawthorne has been a vampire for nearly a hundred years, and he has never seen anything like it. Neither have the other supernaturals he works with to keep the streets safe for both their kind and the humans.

One meeting with Simon finds Ben Leyton falling for a man he knows is keeping secrets, but he can’t ignore the growing attraction between them. A recent arrival in Flint, Ben finds it very different from his native New Zealand, but something about Simon makes Ben feel as though he’s found a new home.

After a close friend falls victim to the killer, Simon is torn between revealing his true nature to Ben, and walking away to avoid the reaction he fears. But with the body count rising and the murders becoming more frequent, either, or both of them, could be the killer’s next target.

20501704 Title: Shades of Sepia

Author: Anne Barwell

Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

eBook Release Date: 01/31/2015
Audiobook Release Date: 10/14/2015

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

A serial killer stalks the streets of Flint, Ohio. The victims are always found in pairs, one human and one vampire.

Simon Hawthorne has been a vampire for nearly a hundred years, and he has never seen anything like it. Neither have the other supernaturals he works with to keep the streets safe for both their kind and the humans.

One meeting with Simon finds Ben Leyton falling for a man he knows is keeping secrets, but he can’t ignore the growing attraction between them. A recent arrival in Flint, Ben finds it very different from his native New Zealand, but something about Simon makes Ben feel as though he’s found a new home.

After a close friend falls victim to the killer, Simon is torn between revealing his true nature to Ben, and walking away to avoid the reaction he fears. But with the body count rising and the murders becoming more frequent, either, or both of them, could be the killer’s next target.

My View – Story:

I reviewed Electric Candle which is book 2 in this series for Prism back in April last year. At the time I meant to go straight off and read Ben and Simon’s stories but somehow it slipped past me and remained on the dreaded and overfull TBR shelf. Well, luckily for me it came up for review as an audio book so I grabbed it! I got so tied up with Ben and Simon that I barely stopped it for the entire 8 hours.

Simon is a 100 year old vampire and very much a square peg in a round hole. He is quintessentially English and his vocabulary and knowledge of life seems to be stuck at the time he was turned. He hates technology, even a mobile phone is too much for him, and living in modern day America seems a bit of a trial for him. He was turned against his will by a Vampire who plagued his life for many years and has never had any luck in matters of the heart. He has never found his soul mate nor does he expect to.

Simon investigates criminal activities within the paranormal world. He lives in a big old castle with another vampire, a werewolf and a ghost. Each of these characters brings humour to the story and are important in their own right. They balance each other out and have been friends for a long time, given the length of a paranormals life, a very long time. Their current case is troubling and not easy to solve. Paranormals are turning up dead but stranger still they are turning up with dead humans and nobody knows why.

Ben has travelled from New Zealand for an overseas experience and has settled into the small town of Flint. He works in a coffee shop and spends his spare time pursuing his passion for photography. He has spotted Simon around town and would love to photograph him but he always seems to disappear before he has the chance to approach him. When they finally get to talking it is obvious they are both attracted to each other but that attraction has to be put on hold when another murder takes place, this time it is a close friend of Simons.

Then comes the age old problem of how do you tell the poor unsuspecting human that you are a Vampire? Simon is terrified as by now he is pretty sure Ben is his soul mate and he will do anything to protect him but at the same time doesn’t want to lose him. Ben requires more proof than most and the way to do that is to share memories, he is left shocked and scared and does the one thing he promised not to and runs. When you have just found out your boyfriend is a vampire the last thing you probably want is to be talked back from the ledge by his best friend, who owns up to being a werewolf, but that is exactly what happens. It works and Ben and Simon are reunited to work through their difficult relationship.

When an enemy from the past returns it becomes clear who has been killing off the residents of Flint and for what nefarious reasons but by then it may be too late for Simon. The love from their soul bond maybe the only thing to save them now as Ben goes on a hunt for revenge.

My View – Narration:

Michael Ferraiuolo is a new narrator for me and I think he did a cracking job. His English accent and the way he spoke it depicted Simon perfectly. Very easy to listen to and clear throughout the story.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Audible US
Audible UK

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook 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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