Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
A year after the end of the war that brought them together, Raymond Payet and Jean Bellaiche have found a balance in their relationship: Jean drinks only Raymond’s blood; Raymond sleeps only in Jean’s bed. The demands of their public roles as president of l’Association Nationale de Sorcellerie and chef de la Cour of the Parisian vampires keep them busy dealing with fallout from the war and the alliance, particularly the not-always-successful partnerships between vampires and wizards.
The foundation of an institute to research and educate wizards and vampires about the implications of the partnership bonds only adds to those responsibilities. When political factions, both vampire and mortal, oppose their leaders’ decisions, the stress begins to affect Raymond and Jean’s deepening relationship. And when political opposition turns to vandalism and then to violence, they’ll have to find a way to reconcile their personal and professional lives before external and internal forces pull them apart.
After Orlando and Alain, Jean and Raymond are my next favourite couple in this series and this book is primarily about their growing relationship.
Jean is an immensely old vampire who has seen the very best and the very worst of people during his lifetime. His is well respected by other vampires and is the head of the Cour in Paris, a position he has held for over 400 years. He never expected to find someone like Raymond when the vampires joined the wizards in the war. He never expected to fall in love, to find just one person he would feed from and then gain all the benefits that a partnership offered. He is fierce, extremely protective and would do just about anything for his wizard.
Raymond has come from a difficult background given the fact that he initially sided with Serrier in the war and bears the mark to prove it and constantly remind him.
Although it is in the past and he played a significant part in bringing the war to an end he lacks confidence in himself and always assumes people think the worst of him and still don’t fully trust him. Jean has helped him to a large extent but the doubts are still there and lingering.
Jean wants the ultimate relationship that a vampire can offer his partner by marking and making Raymond his Avoue. As with most things that have happened between them Raymond is determined to fight him believing that he can’t offer this final bond without it affecting his working life badly.
There is plenty of opportunity to catch up with the rest of the characters from the previous stories as they are on hand to offer support and advice. The vampire everybody loved to hate, Jude, makes a reappearance and he has not improved at all. Ironically he meets his perfect end when an enemy from the past nearly costs Raymond his life. One thing is for sure, if he survives he will offer Jean whatever he wants as he can’t even contemplate a life without him.
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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