*I received a free ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has in no way influenced my review.*
I was afraid this book might have too much religion for me, but I’m so glad I decided to give it a chance because 1) it didn’t have too much religion, and 2) it was just a great book!
First of all, the characters were really well-written. Sara made me roll my eyes sometimes (I know I’m being judgy, but… *cough* Lambo doors *cough*), but his personality and voice were incredibly realistic for an early twenty-something, and he was so upbeat, intelligent, and hilarious. And Thaddeus was somewhat opposite Sara, all stoic and a bit archaic in his vocabulary, thoughts, and way of living (which fit with his age and situation perfectly), but I still found him likeable and relatable and sympathized with him. Plus the contrast between the two of them added an interesting element. Even Nohea, a side character, was a fun addition to their little group.
Second, I read A LOT of vampire books, but the religious aspect I mentioned actually added a unique twist to this one. If you’re completely anti-religion in your books or have very strong beliefs and don’t want to read about characters whose beliefs may differ from yours, this may not be the book for you, but I thought the religion was included in a good way. It was an integral part of Thaddeus’s character, his life, and his thought, but it was never overpowering to the story, the book was never preachy, and Thaddeus never tried to push his Catholicism onto Sara (who was a non-practicing Hindu). And I liked getting to see Thaddeus’s inner struggle about his religious beliefs and his desire to have his soul saved vs. his desire for Sara; it was an inner struggle that I’d never read about in any other books.
On a related note, the way the relationship developed between the two of them was not only believable but also fun to read both because I just really wanted them to be together and because it was so good for poor Thaddeus to finally let someone in after so long being alone.
As for all the rest, the plot was good and made sense, the pacing was steady in a way that kept my attention without piling on too much action, the Louisiana setting made a nice backdrop for all the supernaturalness, and the writing pulled me in.
Overall this was a book that sucked me in and made me laugh with lovable characters I can easily see myself getting even more invested in as the series goes on, and I’m looking forward to continuing!
Anyone who likes M/M, vampires (and in this case, a Catholic one), sweet romantic relationships, and lovable characters.