Nate is caught between two dangerously hot vampires who can compel people to do whatever they want and a ruthless necromancer who wants Nate for all the wrong reasons—and that’s only the start of his problems.
Escort Nate prides himself on two things: his ability to please his clients and his normality – living in the monster capital of the world, ordinary is rare. Hunter, a darkly charming vampire with more charisma than is good for him, decides Nate is just what he needs. Nate’s sympathetic nature and skill in the bedroom are put to the ultimate test. But Hunter wants Nate for someone else – his brother, Ben. Nate is immediately attracted by the control with which Ben holds his sensitive nature in force. Too afraid of becoming a monster to allow himself to feel, Ben struggles to resist Nate’s generosity of emotion. As a vindictive necromancer makes Ben his target of revenge, Nate discovers that making people feel good doesn’t compare to making Ben feel. As Nate’s normal world crumbles around him, and he desperately searches for a way to save Ben, Nate is unable to escape becoming the necromancer’s latest victim.
But Nate’s death is only the beginning. Coming back to life in the bathroom of Gunn, a Department Seven officer who hates the vampire family that Ben and Hunter belong to, Nate doesn’t know who to trust or even what he is. As the necromancer’s trap pulls tighter around himself and Ben, Nate is forced to let go of normal and embrace powers he doesn’t fully understand. In defiance of Ben’s vampire sire and hunted by Department Seven, Nate and Ben finally learn to trust and rely on each other. But when the necromancer succeeds in capturing Ben, Nate alone can come to his rescue.
This story was so good. I loved how the world building was effortless and it pulled me in and kept me interested throughout the story. The way the different types of paranormal creatures and magic users interacted and the rules they had to follow were so fascinating! There was enough information that I didn’t feel lost and spaced out so it was natural and not feeling like an info dump. I enjoyed Ms. St. Kevern’s writing style and how she wove the story to keep me going and wanting to know what happens next.
I really liked Nate and Ben. They were each fascinating characters with back stories that you couldn’t help but be enthralled by. Nate was so unashamed of who he was. I admired his strength to stand up for himself. The way he loved Ben unconditionally and wanted the best for Ben, even if it wasn’t himself, was so beautiful. It was great watching how he tried to get Ben to open himself to his emotions. Ben was wonderful though. He tried so hard to hide his emotions but he was amazing when he was secure enough to let go. I love how he handles his sire in the end. I wanted to smack Saltaire through most of the book. He was the perfect vampire to hate.
The ending was really good and I liked how these two are a tiny bit awkward with each other at the end since they’re not sure how things work after the crazy is over. I hope there will be more books in this world in the future. I enjoyed the side characters and want to see many of them get their own happy endings.
Four and a half
Gillian St. Kevern is the author of Deep Magic, The Biggest Scoop, The Ugliest Sweater and Thorns and Fangs. Originally from New Zealand, Gillian currently lives in Japan and has visited over twenty different countries. Her writing is a celebration of the weird and wonderful people she encounters on her journeys.
As a chronic traveller, Gillian is more interested in journeys than endings, with characters that grow and change to achieve their happy ending. Her stories cross genres, time-periods and continents, taking readers along for an unforgettable ride. Both Deep Magic and The Biggest Scoop were nominated for Best LOR story in the 2015 M/M Romance Groups Member’s Choice awards. Deep Magic also received nominations in Best Cover, Best Main Character and Best Paranormal, while The Biggest Scoop was nominated for Best Coming of Age.