Author: S.J. Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Winterheart Designs
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Vampire Daniel Valente struggles to live on his own, now that his master, Titus Antonius Calidus, has found eternal love with another. Carrying mental and emotional scars, he lives in loneliness and feels as though he’s lost who he once was. Ryunosuke Kimura has known Daniel for hundreds of years, and loved him for many of them. Even though he believes Titus is the only one Daniel wants to give his heart to, when he hears Daniel needs his support, he rushes to be with him.With Ryu at his side, Daniel’s confidence returns, and with it, he sees the enduring love Ryu has always had for him. As they grow closer, new threats from old enemies arise, and if Daniel and Ryunosuke are to spend eternity together, they must first defeat the past.
Daniel and Ryunosuke both grabbed my heart in book 1. So when I discovered book two was their story I was so excited. Right away the author re-established my connection for both men be engaging my emotions and my sympathy. But as Daniel found himself, that sympathy turned to pride and those emotions turned from sad to happy as he and Ryu found their HEA.
The evolution of their relationship was very slow. It began with a game of “yes or no” where both men constantly second guessed the other’s desire. One part of me was annoyed at the slowness. I was so invested in these men that I wanted them to rush off to the HEA so the pain and longing would disappear. But that would not have done either man justice and I am mostly glad the author went slowly, though sometimes it felt too slow. She respected their pasts and gave the reader a proper journey through each man’s emotional development and awakening. Taking the reader through their humanity, to the fledgling vampire days, and up to the point that both men were truly ready to be together and fill the empty spaces in the other’s heart. This really was a very romantic book.
I want to note that the author is very good at crafting HOT yet emotional sex scenes. There was never a time I did not feel the connection between these men; that I did not know they loved on another with their whole beings. It is a wonderful change of pace from the more erotic yet cold sexual encounters I have read lately.
The series plot with Isaac’s rebellion was upheld and advanced in this story. I am loving seeing the other side of these supposed bad guys and what makes them tick. The fighting and the action was fast paced and interesting. And Troy, Oh Troy! I now have a good candidate for a future MC in this series because I just need to see him find his happy. But, there is a part of me that wishes the action would have come sooner because sometimes I felt the romance and sweetness was a bit overwhelming. However, that was really not the point of this story. The romance and love between Daniel and Ryu WAS the point and I understand that.
Overall, I am enjoying this series. I am enjoying this slice of vampire life that is romantic and loving while still being artfully violent when it needs to be. I love seeing the softer side of traditionally brutal characters and this series achieves that quite nicely.
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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