*This is a repost, but I've reread the book and changed the review some. If you've already commented, feel free to comment again! If you don't have anything new to say, no worries, I still appreciate your original comment!*
I’m going to start this review by talking about the main, most important difference between this book and the first one—there was a lot less Quin and a lot more Alistair. I always find it an odd choice to temporarily remove the love interest in the second book in a series, especially since I absolutely adored the relationship between Quin and Matheus in the first book and wanted to see how it would progress. Also because I loved Quin. Quin was funny. But somehow removing him from the majority of the story didn’t diminish my enjoyment.
Matheus was still his quippy, sarcastic, klutzy self, and his humor seemed a lot less judgmental this time. Also, sometimes I swear Matheus is me in the most random of ways:
– He’s an introvert.
– He hates nature.
– He hates the crunching sound of bugs when you kill them so much that he has to leave the room.
– As much as he hates bugs, he still felt bad when Quin killed a moth in Book 1 because he doesn’t mind moths as long as they stay far enough away from him.
– He covers his eyes when there are needles in movies.
– He hates being around people but still cares about people and wants to be helpful to them.
I actually could continue, but I think you might get bored, and that’s probably enough to prove my point. It made him relatable at times. And again, even though the characters and the book in general are a bit exaggerated at times for the sake of humor and shouldn’t be taken too seriously, Matheus did have some anxiety and real emotions about heavier things.
Alistair also turned out to be an entertaining character. He was definitely clingy and a bit of a damsel-in-distress (flaws he admitted to having), but his perversion and flirtiness were oh-so-fun, and his people skills were admirable and impressive. So the two of them together made a fun duo to read about, just in a different way than Matheus and Quin, and I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow and change.
And of course I should probably mention the plot, which had just enough action and mystery to keep me hooked, not wanting to put the book down.
So overall, despite the fact that I missed Quin, this was a great second in series that had me cracking up and enjoying my time with the characters just as much as the first!
Fans of Books 1 in Amy Fecteau's Real Vampires Don't Sparkle Series. M/M vampire book fans looking for something fun with sarcastic characters, slow burn romance, and some intensity mixed with their humor.
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle (Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle Book 1) by Amy Fecteau
Book Review: Real Vampires Do It in the Dark (Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle Book 2) by Amy Fecteau
Book Review: Real Vampires Take No Prisoners (Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle Book 3) by Amy Fecteau
After his disownment, Matheus finds himself more confused than ever. He lashes out, losing Quin, the one constant presence in his new life. Alone, penniless, and clueless, Matheus is forced to carve out a new (un)life, amid the chaos of a hidden war. Friends and enemies, old and new, appear with secrets, betrayals, and a surprising revelations.
Matheus will need all the help he can get, because he isn’t the only making new alliances. His father, insane and desperate, joins with Appollonia Parker, one of the creatures he’d sworn to annihilate. Appollonia doesn’t take being crossed lightly, and she sets out to exterminate Matheus and his newfound family.
Matheus must risk it all to protect his loved ones, and save Quin, one way or another…
Book Author: Amy Fecteau
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Series: Real Vampires Don't Sparkle
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series