Even love can die without trust.
Angel’s brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begin to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?
Daniel Macavoy, Angel’s new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought—especially since the biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt.
The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston’s only Bloodclan. Four hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The strength Angel draws from Simeon’s devotion and the newborn mate-bond between them is steadfast and true…and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family.
Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a troll-hybrid, the adventures of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight streets of Boston.
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This was a fabulous sequel to The Necromancer’s Dance. I loved seeing Angel and Simeon deepen their bond. Watching Angel deal with some of his last lingering fears was wonderful. Watching him let go with Simeon because he finally fully trusts him was so amazing. You can feel Angel’s emotions so clearly in the story. Plus Simeon’s devotion to Angel. This story you read with your heart. I was on the edge of my seat, in love, in lust, and all of the ups and downs each of the characters felt.
We get a deeper look at Simeon in this story and I adored it. He’s such a dynamic character you can’t help but be drawn to him and how he cherishes Angel but has a strong moral code at the same time. Anyone under Angel’s protection or viewed as family by Angel automatically has the full force of Simeon’s will at their need. I would love to see more of his personal history as well since it seems it is quite fascinating.
Angel opens up in this story and the person that’s revealed is beautiful. He is such a passionate character. You just get wrapped up in how he tries to ensure everyone is safe and taken care of. I loved Eroch and how Angel interacts with the “wee beastie”. I can’t wait to see how Angel handles Eroch growing up and if he trains the dragon in some way.
I desperately want to see some of the other characters in the story get happy endings as well. They’re so well written I connect with them and want to see them fall in love. Especially some of the more prominent side characters: Isaac, Daniel, and Batiste specifically. I also would love to see more of the goings on at the Tower. There’s some fascinating politics there.
But that ending! Oh my gosh what a way to end the story! Angel and Simeon are definitely in a full and complete happily ever after. But that is a serious cliffhanger of a story arc ending. I cannot wait to see what happens next with all of these characters and will be devouring the next book the moment it comes out.
Four and a half
I’m a thirty something bisexual cisgendered woman with way too big an imagination, but that comes in handy when I’m writing. I have been writing since I was a child, when I took a four page assignment on what I was going to do on summer vacation and turned it into a 100 page fantasy epic all written by hand…in crayons. No joke.
I work a day job, but I can’t share for who, since the Old Man isn’t as liberated as the people who read my books. I’m married, I have furbabies, and I live with loved ones. I adore a certain show about a British consulting detective and his grumpy army doctor, and that spawned an addiction to Johnlock fanfiction, which then evolved into me writing it. Gawd, that’s embarrassing. Put this down in the TMI section of my Bio, okay? I enjoy martial arts, movies where things blow up, and I wish I lived in a Marvel movie.
I live in the beautiful and lonely Berkshire County in Massachusetts, and I see way more wildlife than I care to on a daily basis (bears!). My perfect day is reading surrounded by friends and family who don’t think it’s odd I want to hang out but not talk, and my favorite scent of all time is a cool fall evening with leaves burning….less a scent, and more of an experience.
My writing is focused on gay and lesbian people, who are more than interesting side characters that hang out with the heterosexual MCs. My wish for the future is that when people ask me what I do for a living, I can say, “I write gay romance,” and NOT get weird looks.
My alter ego is Revella Hawthorne, and I’m writing the Bred For Love series under that name.
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