*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has in no way influenced my review. Quotes used in this review were from an ARC and may be different in the final book.*
This book was kind of different from the first because, whereas the first book was all sex and violence and torture and not knowing who to trust, this one was kind of quirky and funny and focused more on Matthew’s newly acquired ragtag band of misfits/strange little family. And though this book took an unexpected turn at the beginning *SPOILER ALERT (it happens within the first 15%, but it wasn’t in the blurb)* (Matthew accidentally sired his own vampire child) *END SPOILER ALERT*, I certainly didn’t enjoy it any less. If anything, I might’ve enjoyed it more because it had more touching character dynamics.
That being said, it still had plenty of action and fighting and gore and awful situations, so don’t go into this expecting something cute.
And of course the book also had lots of sexy times because how could it not with so many vampire and incubus characters? I actually liked these sex scenes better than those in the first book because they had a little more emotional connection and weren’t all slave/master-y.
I also still just liked Matthew himself and found myself cracking up at his dialogue and thoughts, especially since I think I would’ve felt the same in his situation.
“Okay, here are some rules. You seriously need to stop calling me ‘my prince’, it’ll make us stand out and—really—since I don’t know why you are doing it, it’s pissing me off.”
Matthew did seem a little overdramatically lovelorn at times though. *SPOILER ALERT (for Book 1)* It’s been a year, man. I know the way it happened was terrible and would’ve made it a lot harder to ever get over, so I could understand still feeling something, especially after unexpectedly running into him again, but calling him from a random number just to hear his voice when he picks up the phone and then spending the next three days moping around was a bit much. *END SPOILER ALERT* I’m not saying that men, or Matthew, can’t have emotion (Matthew has never been emotionless), just that that part seemed out of character for him.
Matthew has also been a little too amazing at everything, but, since he’s had so much terrible stuff thrown at him and has still ended up in bad situations anyway, I can let that slide. And other parts of him were still human and realistic enough that I felt for him and could relate. And I really did feel awful for him. Jex Lane sure does take the whole “put your character up in a tree and throw rocks at him” writing advice thing to heart. *whispers* Does she know she’s also supposed to get them down again?
Anyway, to wrap this up, I really did enjoy this book just as much, if not more than, the first. It had action and violence but also some quirky and sweet character moments, and I’m looking forward to more Matthew in the next book!
Fans of Book 1 in Jex Lane's Beautiful Monsters series. Anyone who likes vampires, incubi, sex, and violence, plus some emotional conflict and touching moments.