*I received a free ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has in no way influenced my review.*
I was afraid this book might have too much religion for me, but I’m so glad I decided to give it a chance because 1) it didn’t have too much religion, and 2) it was just a great book!
First of all, the characters were really well-written. Sara made me roll my eyes sometimes (I know I’m being judgy, but… *cough* Lambo doors *cough*), but his personality and voice were incredibly realistic for an early twenty-something, and he was so upbeat, intelligent, and hilarious. And Thaddeus was somewhat opposite Sara, all stoic and a bit archaic in his vocabulary, thoughts, and way of living (which fit with his age and situation perfectly), but I still found him likeable and relatable and sympathized with him. Plus the contrast between the two of them added an interesting element. Even Nohea, a side character, was a fun addition to their little group. My only complaint about the characters is that Sara’s reaction to the supernatural wasn’t the most believable, but it was a small enough issue that it didn’t affect my enjoyment.
Second, I read A LOT of vampire books, but the religious aspect I mentioned actually added a unique twist to this one. If you’re completely anti-religion in your books or have very strong beliefs and don’t want to read about characters whose beliefs may differ from yours, this may not be the book for you, but I thought the religion was included in a good way. It was an integral part of Thaddeus’s character, his life, and his thought, but it was never overpowering to the story, the book was never preachy, and Thaddeus never tried to push his Catholicism onto Sara (who was a non-practicing Hindu). And I liked getting to see Thaddeus’s inner struggle about his religious beliefs and his desire to have his soul saved vs. his desire for Sara; it was an inner struggle that I’d never read about in any other books.
On a related note, the way the relationship developed between the two of them was not only believable but also fun to read both because I just really wanted them to be together and because it was so good for poor Thaddeus to finally let someone in after so long being alone.
As for all the rest, the plot was good and made sense, the pacing was steady in a way that kept my attention without piling on too much action, the Louisiana setting made a nice backdrop for all the supernaturalness, and the writing pulled me in.
Overall this was a book that sucked me in and made me laugh with lovable characters I can easily see myself getting even more invested in as the series goes on, and I’m looking forward to continuing!
Anyone who likes M/M vampire books and tortured heroes but wants to read about one with a religious twist on the inner struggles. Anyone who likes hilarious, lovable, realistic characters.
More Books in the Series:
Thaddeus Dupont has had over eighty years to forget…
The vampire spends his nights chanting the Liturgy of the Hours and ruthlessly disciplines those unnatural urges he’s vowed never again to indulge. He is at the command of the White Monks, who summon him at will to destroy demons. In return, the monks provide for his sustenance and promise the return of his immortal soul.
Sarasija Mishra’s most compelling job qualification might be his type O blood…
The 22-year-old college grad just moved across the country to work for some recluse he can’t even find on the internet. Sounds sketchy, but the salary is awesome and he can’t afford to be picky. On arrival he discovers a few details his contract neglected to mention, like the alligator-infested swamp, the demon attacks, and the nature of his employer’s “special diet”. A smart guy would leave, but after one look into Dupont’s mesmerizing eyes, Sarasija can’t seem to walk away. Too bad his boss expected “Sara” to be a girl.
Falling in love is hard at any age…
The vampire can’t fight his hungers forever, especially since Sara’s brought him light, laughter and a very masculine heat. After yielding to temptation, Thaddeus must make a choice. Killing demons may save his soul, but keeping the faith will cost him his heart.
Book Author: Irene Preston, Liv Rancourt
Publisher: Prescourt Books
Series: Hours of the Night
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Louisiana, New Orleans, USA
Sexual Orientation: Gay (Love Interest), Gay (Main Character)
Non-Human Type: Vampires
Romance Type: M-M
Romance Aspects: Biting/Blood Drinking
Extra Love: Favorite Book/Series, Favorite Male Character, Laugh Out Loud Hilarious