*I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
If you like sex and violence, man, is this ever the book for you!
This book is full of sex and violence. But it’s also full vampires and incubi, twists and turns, and all sorts of good stuff.
I was immediately drawn in by the writing style because it was simple, but Matthew’s voice came through really well and just clicked with me. He just clicked with me, actually. I didn’t necessarily relate to him, but he was interesting with emotions that made me feel for him and a sense of humor that I loved.
The dynamic between Matthew and Tarrick was interesting right off the bat as well, and I couldn’t wait to see where that would go. I ended up disliking Tarrick for how manipulative and cruel he could be, but that’s not a negative issue with the book, just my feelings about him as a character.
The book was then made even better by this really amazing twist partway through that I just LOVED.
There was also a vampire-incubus war that encompassed the plot since Tarrick was a general for the incubi, but, thankfully, the book always stayed focused on Matthew and his part in things. And I ended up finding the incubi society and military interesting. I felt so conflicted throughout the story though! Even I didn’t know which side Matthew would be better off with, which one was less monstrous, or whom he should trust, so I could only imagine how hard it was for him to figure it out. And then that ending threw me for a loop since it was both terrible and amazing for Matthew.
But between the war, Matthew’s inner beast that reveled in the killing and bloodshed, and Matthew constantly getting beat or tortured in some way or other, there was, as I said, A LOT of violence. Not a bad thing, just a warning to anyone who doesn’t (or does) like that.
Also as I said, there was also a lot of sex, both M/M and M/F, though unfortunately not a lot of sex + blood drinking. The vampires were a nice blend of sexy and predatory, but it seemed like they were more on the predatory side (or maybe we just haven’t gotten to the sexy blood drinking yet in the series).
Last but not least, I can’t not mention that there were also some kickass, terrifying gargoyles!
The only negative thing I can say is that master/slave romance generally isn’t my thing. (Not that this was a romance, but there were feelings and sex, so close enough.) I just don’t find it believable that a slave would be attracted to or fall in love with his master. Vampires and incubi, however, just so happen to be my two favorite paranormal creatures, so there was no way I could resist this book. And you know what? Matthew did feel broken when he was eventually forced to submit, plus he felt super conflicted and confused by his feelings, so this was actually one of the more palatable portrayals I’ve read. Mostly though, this book just ended up being so good that I didn’t even care if that aspect wasn’t entirely believable.
So overall, this book was basically 300-something pages of sex and violence, but a well-written 300-something pages of sex and violence with a twisty story behind it, a great main character, and an interesting incubus society!
Anyone who likes vampires, incubi, sex, and violence. Anyone who likes master/slave romance (romance being used loosely as it's mostly just sex).
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Matthew Callahan has spent seven years struggling against the insatiable hunger for blood consuming him. Unable to stop the vampire inside from preying on humans, he keeps himself confined to a lonely existence.
Everything changes the night he is lured into a trap and taken prisoner by High Lord General Tarrick—a seductive incubus who feeds off sexual energy. Forced into the middle of a war between vampires and incubi, Matthew is used as a weapon against his own kind. Although he’s desperate for freedom, he is unable to deny the burning desire drawing him to the incubus general he now calls Master.