*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review. Quotes used are from an ARC and may be different in the final copy.*
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that sucked me in so much that I kinda forgot real life existed until I finished and looked up in a daze, but that’s what this book did. And I’m surprised at how sad I am to say goodbye to these characters!
I have developed a total soft spot for Matheus, Quin, and Alistair. I also feel oddly proud of them for how much they all have grown. Matheus matured and became not only a leader but also his own person rather than someone whose decisions were all influenced by his father. Quin learned how to open up a bit and trust Matheus and take a backseat sometimes. And Alistair grew a backbone and learned to stand on his own.
This book in particular still had a lot of silliness and sarcasm and humor, but it also had more emotion and heaviness than the others, and to tell you the truth, it’s those emotional parts that stood out the most to me. I felt terrible for Alistair. The poor man was already struggling with the whole immortality thing (i.e. he’s outlived every human he’s known), and then *SPOILER* it’s like every man he has feelings for ends up leaving him, in some way or another. And probably the scene that affected me the most was when Alistair was begging and pressuring Matheus to have sex with him, and then, when Matheus complied and was kissing his way down Alistair’s body, Alistair just started sobbing and told Matheus to keep going. It was just heartbreaking because it was so painfully clear that Alistair was NOT ok. The author did a great job with that scene. *END SPOILER* I also felt bad for Matheus. He was struggling with a lot since he was under so much pressure and felt guilty and stressed and worried about a lot of things, and then some of the stuff he went through in this book was AWFUL. *SPOILER* The author also did a great job in that scene when Matheus was being tortured and finally just couldn’t take it and started begging his dad in German. He knew his dad was a crazy SOB, but he just started begging… And his dad, being the crazy SOB he was, also couldn’t take it and seemed to truly believe that this wasn’t Matheus, that this was some demon wearing his skin, and so he couldn’t handle it speaking to him like Matheus, looking at him with Matheus’s eyes… *END SPOILER* If he didn’t have any mental illnesses before this series started, he probably does now (he seemed to have PTSD and/or panic attacks by the end). Not to mention the physical scars (real scars, not pretty ones or ones that made him look tough) that will always remind him of that horrible time and probably make him feel guilty. So yeah. Even though characters and interactions in this series were often exaggerated a bit for the sake of humor, the emotional and intense scenes stayed realistic and well-written.
“Alistair’s survived a lot. It makes you hard.”
Or you get brittle. Too many cracks, patches hastily slapped on. Alistair had a lot of cracks. Matheus didn’t know if Alistair had enough mortar to fix them all.
Buuuut, on a less heavy note, this book also had more sexy bits than the previous two. It was a bit more explicit, and it even had some BDSM. Matheus really does have a kinky side ;-)
Speaking of the romance, we finally got an explanation in this book for why Quin turned and claimed Matheus! And it only added to the swoon-factor of the original Sunshine nickname explanation.
“Haven’t you ever met someone who stuck in your mind? Someone you couldn’t shake loose? Someone who glowed so brightly, you thought you’d never miss the sun again?”
Also, I think Matheus has been taking psycho lessons from Quin because I definitely got a total Quin vibe when he was screwing with/terrifying the guards near the end.
One last thing, please please PLEASE do not let that cover scare you off. I mean no offense to the publisher, but the cover looks very “typical angsty teenage vampire romance,” doesn’t match the book AT ALL, and looks nothing like the covers for the previous books.
Seriously though, this whole series has been a kind of interesting combination of sarcastic humor mixed with darker intensity, and this was a great ending that wrapped up all the important loose ends without going overboard or being too perfect. These characters went through some tough stuff, they were bound to be affected by it, some people were bound to die, but there was growth and friendship and love and happiness too. Overall, I was sucked in by all the books in this series and am going to miss these characters!
Fans of Books 1 and 2 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
Matheus believes that getting Quin back will help him deal with the pressures of a vampiric war, but his hopes crumble after his soulmate fails to remember him.
The tattered remnant of their mystical connection appears to drive Quin’s erratic suicidal behavior, threatening their bond and their very existence. While Matheus pines for his former love, a hurt and betrayed Alastair must watch the man he loves chase another. Feeling inadequate as a leader, Matheus searches for a way to make Quin remember him, no matter the cost.
With Apollonia is closing in on their home, he must act soon. And to make matters worse, his mortal―and pregnant―sister begrudgingly sets aside her contempt for vampires to ask his help to protect her unborn child from their insane father.
Terrified of losing Quin for good and of facing his father, Matheus faces a damning choice: kill the man he loves or attempt an untested ritual that might destroy them both.
Book Author: Amy Fecteau
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Series: Real Vampires Don't Sparkle
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series