Ok, there were so many random things I loved about this book, but they don’t really fit into the plot/characters/setting type categories, so I’m just gonna random this out.
First of all, this book was hilarious. The protagonist, Matheus, was so quippy and sarcastic. Granted he did come off a bit immature for a 28-year-old, but the way he cracked me up on every other page made up for it, as did the scene when another character berated him and said everything I wanted to say about how he was acting (she gained about a thousand points from me when she did that). But Quin, the love interest, was actually even more hilariously sarcastic when he wanted to be.
But the book was also dark and intense and serious at other times. It was kind of an odd juxtaposition, but it worked, and those scenes managed to suck me in even more than the funny ones.
Then there was the vampire-ness. As much as I love the typical vampire tropes, I also like when those tropes are turned on their heads. So I liked that these vampires were not all perfect and gorgeous. In fact, Matheus described Quin as, “Not even his mother would have called him handsome, but people would have had a hard time forgetting his features.” And Matheus was the clumsiest character I’ve ever read about—he must’ve tripped and fell 27 times throughout the book. I’m also always thinking about how I want more books with baby vamps who grew up in current times and are just kind of adjusting to life as a vampire, and that was exactly what Matheus was.
But oh, the romance (or lack thereof) was the best part! Talk about a slow burn. I believe the anticipation of things is half the fun. So yes, please do torture me by drawing out the romance until I feel like I’m going to explode if they don’t JUST KISS ALREADY AND DAMMIT, MILO, COULD YOUR TIMING BE ANY WORSE??? What was I saying? Oh yes. I love it because, once they do kiss, *sigh* it’s that much better. And this book was delightfully torturous in that regard.
Not only that, Matheus and Quin made the perfect couple. And by couple, I mean not a couple. And by perfect, I mean they constantly bickered and only half-teasingly threatened to maim each other (as you do when you’re a vampire). But I have never read about two characters who just seemed to fit and complement each other so perfectly. Their senses of humor, their temperaments, and their personalities balanced and meshed so well.
Overall, the book was enjoyable, kept me hooked until the end, and had me immediately looking forward to jumping into the next one!
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Matheus Taylor didn’t ask to be murdered.
To be fair, the percentage of people actually asking to be murdered is probably small enough to be safely ignored, but he felt it was worth stating regardless.
His life might have been ordinary, but it was his life and he wasn’t done with it yet. Quin didn’t care. A seventeen-hundred old Roman, Quintus Livius Saturnius had a different view of morality than most people. Killing Matheus and hijacking his undead existence seemed perfectly acceptable to him.
Now, Matheus spends his nights running for his life, questioning his sexual orientation, and defying a mysterious new threat to the vampires within his city. Not that he set out to do any defying; he just wanted to be left alone.
Unfortunately, that was never going to happen.
Book Author: Amy Fecteau
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Series: Real Vampires Don't Sparkle
Genre: Fantasy, LGBT, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Sexual Orientation: Gay (Love Interest), Gay (Main Character)
Non-Human Type: Vampires
Romance Type: M-M
Extra Love: Adorable Relationship, Favorite Book/Series, Favorite Male Character, Laugh Out Loud Hilarious