*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Once again, Melissa Graves has excelled at writing one of the most realistic relationships I’ve ever read about. As much as I loved the adorable-ness last time, I also loved the struggles this time. In real life, relationships aren’t all fireworks and perfection, and the problems in them aren’t all big drama. Relationship problems are often subtle and insidious, and healthy long-term relationships take a conscious effort—couples have to continually choose each other. So it made me really happy to see all this addressed in the book.
Of course it also made me really tense, worrying about whether Brian and Kyle would continue to choose each other, but that was just another great thing because I like that kind of tension and emotion in books.
Another realistic thing I liked was the vampire integration into human society. I’ve never read a book that delved into the social issues of vampires quite in the way this one did. There was prejudice, protests outside blood clinics, talk of segregation, etc., included in a way that worked side-by-side with the relationship aspect of the story.
And oh my goodness, I talked about this in my review of the first book but I’m going to talk about it again—THE WAY THIS AUTHOR DESCRIBES VAMPIRE BITING IS GLORIOUS. It’s so sexy and intimate and amazing, just how I like it!
Since I also talked about the sex scenes in my last review, I might as well talk about those again too because there were a lot of them, and they were just as sexy, amazingly well-written, and meaningful, but they were also INTENSE. With Brian’s increasing desire for pain and the tumult of their relationship and lives that made them need the release and intimacy more than ever… the biting got especially rough, though still enjoyable for the characters, and I was literally feeling overwhelmed with all the physical and emotional feelings just reading about it.
(But I also kind of really loved that not only was actual safe sex taken care of, they also always made sure they had first aid kits for the bite wounds. It’s just another way the author used the context of vampires to address relevant, real-life topics, like safety and consent.)
The only issue I had was the same one I had last time. There were a lot of scenes that were connected to the overall story but not connected directly to one another, so there were a lot of time skips, which made things feel a little disjointed at times and lacking in urgency. But the scenes themselves were good, and the sense of urgency did pick up near the end.
Overall, this was another great book with lots of amazing vampire-y goodness and a wonderfully realistic relationship!
Fans of Book 1 in Melissa Graves's Mi Corazon Sangrante series. Anyone who likes M-M vampire romance with adorable, healthy, yet realistic relationships and struggles.