Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/28/2009
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal
Can art imitate death? Oh no, girlfriend. Don’t even go there…
Ten years ago, the Human Hemovore Virus blazed through the world, and left the few victims who survived unable to eat, allergic to sunlight and craving the taste of blood.
Mark Jensen used to think V-positives were incredibly sexy with their pale, flawless skin and taut, lean bodies. Not anymore. Not since he’s been stuck procuring under-the-counter feline blood for his control-freak boss, Jonathan Varga. Why cat blood? Mark has never dared to ask.
It’s not as if he’s usually at a loss for words. He can dish an insult and follow it with a snap as quick as you can say “Miss Thang”. But one look at Jonathan’s black-as-sin gypsy eyes, and Mark’s objections drain away.
So he endures their strange, endless routine: Jonathan hiding in his studio, painting solid black canvases. Mark hurling insults as he buffs the office to a shine with antiviral wipes and maps out the mysterious “routes” he’s required to drive.
Then a blurb in Art in America unleashes a chain of events neither of them saw coming. As secrets of Jonathan’s past come to light, it becomes clear all his precautions weren’t nearly enough.
I loved that Hemovore was not your typical vampire book. Yes, we had blood drinking and light aversion, but the fact it came from a virus was interesting and unique to me. I really liked the thought put into how it all worked and how vampires would function in our society.
When it came to our main characters, Jonathan and Mark, I loved the subtle attraction and longing shown between them. The forbidden nature of their desires really came out in Mark’s musings and internal dialogue.
There is no sex in this book, which I know many appreciate. I prefer to see a little sexy action, but the adventure and mystery part of this book, the fact that they are on the run for most of it, and that Mark is not V-Positive, makes it impossible for them to be together. I was glad that there was no sex for sex sake as I hate that. I like it to be an organic part of the story. Better to have none then for it to be just thrown in.
I really liked the resolution to the whole plot and appreciated the last chapter as it rounded out the book. I also liked the various support characters we meet along the way. Each had personality and weren’t just cardboard cut-outs.
I definitely recommend this 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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