(Hours of the Night 1)
Thaddeus Dupont has had over eighty years to forget…
The vampire spends his nights chanting the Liturgy of the Hours and ruthlessly disciplines those unnatural urges he’s vowed never again to indulge. He is at the command of the White Monks, who summon him at will to destroy demons. In return, the monks provide for his sustenance and promise the return of his immortal soul.
Sarasija Mishra’s most compelling job qualification might be his type O blood…
The 22-year-old college grad just moved across the country to work for some recluse he can’t even find on the internet. Sounds sketchy, but the salary is awesome and he can’t afford to be picky. On arrival he discovers a few details his contract neglected to mention, like the alligator-infested swamp, the demon attacks, and the nature of his employer’s “special diet”. A smart guy would leave, but after one look into Dupont’s mesmerizing eyes, Sarasija can’t seem to walk away. Too bad his boss expected “Sara” to be a girl.
Falling in love is hard at any age…
The vampire can’t fight his hungers forever, especially since Sara’s brought him light, laughter and a very masculine heat. After yielding to temptation, Thaddeus must make a choice. Killing demons may save his soul, but keeping the faith will cost him his heart.
What better words to describe this book than Irene Preston’s own words: “the crazy book about the gay-Catholic-vampire-monk.” I mean, really? Yes, really.
I’m not very big on vampire books so much, however a lot about this one book called out to me. The whole Sara character totally rocks, he’s an intricate part of what makes this book! He and Nohea – what a great name! She’s like the Michelle Rodriguez of MM books! This woman rocks, thanks Irene and Liv, she’s one hell of a character.
The plot is very well written and the humor really does come through so well! This isn’t your run of the mill vampire book. And the whole monk thing? Yeah. Imagine: a socially inept vampire – score!
What a treat!
Thaddeus “Thad” Dupont:
“He didn’t hear the door open or movement on the porch, but suddenly, every instinct screamed to high alert. Danger. Way more danger than anything the swamp had served up. He froze and tried to focus past the sound of blood rushing behind his ears as his heart rate kicked into high gear. Something was on the porch behind him.”
Thad Dupont, turned vampire when he was in Seminary to be a monk, has lived over one hundred years attempting to redeem his soul for his grievous transgressions: gay and a vampire, I mean talk about a double whammy. Until he meets Sarasija, or Sara.
“Dupont wasn’t an old dude, not old at all. If asked to guess, Sara might have said they were about the same age. His dark, wavy hair looked too long and unruly to be remotely corporate, and his shapeless clothes had obviously been chosen for comfort. The olive undertones in his pale skin hinted at a person who would tan dark and easy but didn’t get much sunlight. Tech geek, maybe. If not for his bossy, uptight attitude, he could have been another college kid chilling out in nature over summer break. The attitude added an easy decade, though. And the eyes. Dupont had the most intense eyes.”
Sarasija “Sara” Mishra:
“With his warm brown skin and his honeyed scent and his steady, even breathing, Sara created a pulse my chanting could not match… I drank in his beauty. Dark hair tumbled around his face, and his black lashes were long and thick. I had no need for light to see the most minute details, the faded crescent scar above his right brow, a small mole on the tender skin between his jaw and his left ear.”
Sara, sexy Asian-Hindu Sara, takes a dream job to help his mother out. After all, she’s hocked and put her whole life in peril so she can give Sara his college education. After his father’s death the whole family business and homestead are in serious jeopardy due to Sara’s schooling when he comes upon a dream job offer, and he applies. After all, for $80K a year all he has to do is be some reclusive, rich guy’s assistant and take care of his “special dietary needs”. Yeah, right.
The story is good stuff, boys and girls. A socially inept vampire? A Catholic monk vampire? And then there’s the hot Asian-Hindu guy and the black Michelle Rodriguez bad ass chick assistant? Oh yeah, don’t forget: New Orleans, swamps, ‘gators, ancient mystic manuscripts and a tight assed boss monk who gets his uppityness handed to him on a silver platter. Freakin’ fabulous! Well worth the time and hopefully we’ll be treated to a book two? Please? Pretty please?
The writing is flawless. So well executed, no hiccups, it flows smoothly with a beautifully written prose. So descriptive you feel you’re right there – either slaughtering a demon or dodging a ‘gator, or… yeah… the sex! Wowza! Yeah, good vampire sex is hard to beat – dayum! Ms. Preston and Ms. Rancourt know how to deliver the goods! Sweet!
THE THREE QUESTIONS FOR LISA
- A socially inept, Catholic monk vampire? Whatcha think?
- Sara? Tell me what works, or doesn’t, for you with Sara.
- What did you think of the ending? Where do you think it’s going from here?
Fun, fun, fun PNR read! I am a complete sucker for a terse, repressed curmudgeon. So ramp that up by a factor of – Thaddeus – and I’m in…heaven. Then for the authors to contrast him with a fresh, cocky, fun-loving hottie and this becomes a series I can sink my teeth into.
Thaddeus “Thad” DuPont:
Repressed, depressed, cryptic and oh so needy. His inner conflict and outer strength make him very intriguing.
Sarasija “Sara” Mishra:
Good-natured Sara just need this job. Why does everything and everyone have to be so weird?
The long drive from Seattle to a Louisiana bayou would unsettle anyone, but arriving to find everyone surprised to see you is definitely off-putting. This book starts out just like a good Bela Lugosi movie –normal guy enters a strange new world. If only he can keep it together he can get in, get out, and back to reality– But what Sara is about to discover is never going to let him go.
Sara and Dupont become the focus of a terrifying entity that can reanimate the dead. Between dodging these adept yet inept beings Dupont has to also fight his pull towards Sara. If only his powers of persuasion worked on him like they should.
I absolutely love the quick, enjoyable pace and humorous, light quality that kept me engaged. But just about mid-way through I found the same arguments reiterated over and over, and the pacing slowed way down. Eventually the story picked up again and even though some of the plotting toward the end was a bit predictable it became quite enjoyable again. I’m hooked on the characters and definitely want to see where the series goes. These two are not resolved by a long shot.
THE THREE QUESTIONS FOR OJ
- You a swamp or city dweller, OJ?
- I didn’t get into the side characters in my review, but did you love Nohea?
- Gee, you know, somehow these ladies made a rock hard bed seem sexy as hell. How’d that work for you?
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We would like to thank Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt with providing Gay Guy/Straight Girl Reviews with a copy of this book in exchange for our honest review.
Irene Preston has to write romances, after all she is living one. As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe. Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses. Irene Preston is on Facebook.
Liv Rancourt writes romance: m/ f, m/ m, and v/ h, where the h is for human and the v is for vampire… or sometimes demon. She writes funny. She doesn’t write angst. When not writing, Liv takes care of tiny premature babies or teenagers, depending on whether she’s at home or at work. Her husband is a soul of patience, her dog is the cutest thing evah(!), and she’s up to three ferrets.
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Cover Art: Kanaxa
Editor: Linda Ingmanson
Proofreader: Michael Valsted