I’m going to start this review by talking about the main, most important difference between this book and the first one—there was a lot less Quin and a lot more Alistair. I always find it an odd choice to temporarily remove the love interest in the second book in a series, especially since I absolutely adored the relationship between Quin and Matheus in the first book and wanted to see how it would progress. Also because I loved Quin. Quin was funny. But somehow removing him from the majority of the story didn’t diminish my enjoyment.
Matheus was still his quippy, sarcastic, klutzy self, and his humor seemed a lot less judgmental this time. Also, sometimes I swear Matheus is me in the most random of ways:
– He’s an introvert.
– He hates nature.
– He hates the crunching sound of bugs when you kill them so much that he has to leave the room.
– As much as he hates bugs, he still felt bad when Quin killed a moth in Book 1 because he doesn’t mind moths as long as they stay far enough away from him.
– He covers his eyes when there are needles in movies.
– He hates being around people but still cares about people and wants to be helpful to them.
I actually could continue, but I think you might get bored, and that’s probably enough to prove my point. It made him relatable at times. And again, even though the characters and the book in general are a bit exaggerated at times for the sake of humor, Matheus did have a lot of nuanced and real emotions about heavier things.
Alistair also turned out to be an great character. He was definitely clingy and a bit of a damsel-in-distress (flaws he admitted to having), but his perversion and flirtiness were oh-so-fun, and his people skills were admirable and impressive. He and Matheus together made a fun duo to read about, just in a different way than Matheus and Quin, and I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow and change.
And of course I should probably mention the plot, which had just enough action and mystery to keep me hooked, not wanting to put the book down.
Last but not least, this book also continued with the mixture of humor and darkness that was present in the first. This author is good at showing the darker parts of vampirism and at not skipping over or glamorizing the messed-up parts of these characters’ lives.
I first read this series in ebook form, but I’ve also listened to the audiobooks, and my thoughts on the audio narration for the whole series can be found in my review for the first book. (I had mixed feelings.)
So overall, despite the fact that I missed Quin, this was a great second in series that had me cracking up and enjoying my time with the characters just as much as the first!
*I’ve read this book multiple times. This review was written after my 1st read, slightly updated after my 2nd and 3rd reads.*
4 Stars (1st Read – 2016)
4 Stars (2nd Read – 2017)
4.5 Stars (3rd Read – 2020)
Fans of Books 1 in Amy Fecteau's Real Vampires Don't Sparkle Series. Anyone who likes M/M vampire books, sarcastic characters with fun banter, slow burn romance, and a good combo of darkness, intensity, emotion, and humor.