Author: S.J. Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Winterheart Designs
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Andreas Nikandros is ready to make the ultimate commitment to his vampire lover, Titus Antonius Calidus, but in doing so, Titus’s enemies become his own and his hope of living forever may be vanquished as he becomes the hunted.
From the moment Andreas Nikandros looked into the silver eyes of Titus Antonius Calidus, his life was destined to change. They’ve faced challenges and danger together, but all those did was make his love for Titus grow and strengthen his resolve to spend eternity at the side of his vampire lover. Titus has seen centuries come and go, losing more hope with each one of ever finding love again, until Andreas entered his life. He’s found his eternal partner in Andreas, and is ready to make him so in every sense.
As they follow their loving instincts, Andreas knows he’s going to have to make sacrifices, but he also knows what he’ll gain will be so much greater; Titus – forever. What he doesn’t foresee is Titus’s enemies becoming his own and how difficult simply surviving is when he becomes the hunted.
I fell in love with these two men in book 1 but knew their story was not over. I figured I would just see more of them as this series progressed, so when I discovered book 3 was a continuation of their story, I got a bit excited.
Loving Instincts was just as its title implies, a very loving story. While there was much more to the story, it was the love of these men that captured me the most. No matter what was happening, no matter how many times danger came, no matter how annoyed each man got, their love shone through. It was so evident in all their words and actions. These were some of the most romantic vampires I have ever encountered. The author did a fabulous job conveying emotions and love to the reader.
In addition to the turning and love between Andreas and Titus, I liked that there was a bit of mystery and more world building. I loved gaining more information on vampire culture and the ruling body. Having this bit of plot and history lessons help to temper the threat of the romance becoming over the top sweet.
The two things that kept me from giving this story 5* was the sense of ease with which everything happened and the repetitive nature of the love talk. Everything worked out so perfectly from Andreas’s turning, to Dak’s theft and his binding, the the capture of Bernard and the hunters. And there were only so many times I could read about how Titus and Andreas truly realize how in love they were before it got a bit redundant. However, these things were small in comparison to the way I connected with these characters and this world.
There was a very weak hint that maybe Carl gets his story next. I am not sure I understand his connection Egill based on the way things have been presented thus far, but I love this world and any chance to give it another go is fine by me. I am sure the author will give us the information we need to understand their connection in the next book.
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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