I’m not really sure how I feel about this book. I didn’t think there was much necessarily wrong with it (if you don’t mind a bit of vampire romance tropey-ness), but I kind of had a hard time focusing on it (although I suspect that might’ve had more to do with the audio than the story, and I wasn’t feeling great when I listened to this).
I admit I might’ve noticed or been more bothered by certain things had I been paying closer attention. Like some of Donte’s questionable behaviors and the sex scene right in the beginning, in which Donte slipped into the airplane bathroom with Adin and Adin just had sex with this complete stranger. But I just kind of felt like, “It’s vampires.” *shrug* And it’s not entirely unbelievable that someone who has had nameless sex with strangers before (Adin) would do that, especially if Donte did have some sort of vampiric glamour.
Anyway, I liked the idea behind the story—a professor who studies historic erotica getting his hands on an old journal that turns out to be Donte’s, which is what brings the two men into each others’ paths. And there was the past love story of Donte and Auselmo woven into the present day romance. The vampires had a couple unique abilities, like being able to make humans feel physical sensations that weren’t actually there. The biting was sexy. The characters could’ve been more developed, but I can accept that to a certain extent when it’s the first book in a series. I actually appreciated that the author didn’t make Donte too perfect of a love interest, that he had some longstanding values he held over the value of a human life. I don’t expect vampires to always act as a human would. And in regard to the journal, it was only right that he be the one to have it since it was literally his, so I couldn’t blame him for doing certain things to get it back. I’m not sure how much I really felt the romantic connection between the characters, but I wasn’t completely not feeling it either.
As for the audiobook, the narrator, Caleb Dickinson, wasn’t bad (other than not always being great at accents, but I think that was more of a problem in later books, which I’ve already read by the time I’m getting this posted). He sounded natural enough, and it was usually easy to tell characters apart. My issues though were that he had a super deep voice and slightly flat way of talking that caused me to kind of zone out sometimes, and his voice didn’t match how I would’ve imagined Adin, but that’s obviously subjective.
Overall, this book wasn’t bad, just not a stand-out either. But it held enough potential to make me willing to give the next book a try.
Anyone who likes M/M vampire romance with some relationship and morality struggles.