I liked this one more than the first! It wove together the relationship struggles of Adin and Donte now that they’re together, Adin’s past, and a plot about a mysterious kidnapped changeling orphan Adin kind of accidentally rescues.
I felt like the plot was better in this one. More focused, or maybe just had more substance. Some unexpected things happened, and the ending was interesting. It made me curious to see how things would pan out in the third book.
We also got to know Adin a little better. This one wove memories from Adin’s past into the present day narrative, in much the same way the first book wove Donte’s past into the story. There were some revelations about other characters too, as well as a new character (the teenage changeling) who was sweet.
I’m still not sure how much I’m feeling the relationship between Adin and Donte though. I feel like I haven’t gotten to see that much of them just casually being together to fully understand why they’re in love or to feel the connection between them, but there was at least some stuff this time that showed their feelings beyond just the sexy times. And despite being in love, things weren’t all moonlight and roses, what with Donte wanting Adin to be a vampire and Adin being adamantly against it. (I feel like it’s usually the opposite, so it was kinda cool to read something different.) Their relationship has its sweetness but also its issues.
I found the much-changed relationships between Santos and both Adin and Donte to be interesting.
The audiobook narration by Caleb Dickinson was the same as it was in the first book. I still felt like his voice didn’t quite match what I’d have imagined for Adin, but he sounded natural enough, and it was usually easy to tell character apart. Except this time there was a new side character with a different accent, and I’m no expert on UK accents, but I don’t think the one this narrator did exists anywhere in the world. It wasn’t the best, I don’t think.
Overall, I enjoyed this one! I’m glad I decided to continue the series, as this book took some interesting turns and has made me more invested.
Fans of Book 1 in Z.A. Maxfield's Deep Series. Anyone who likes M/M vampire romance with some relationship and morality struggles.