Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 2 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Olen Clark is a nighttime security guard at the Houston Museum of Natural History, tormented by a dark past and painfully alone. His beauty and secrets attract the notice of an ancient vampire, Lysander of Sparta–known to Olen as Ander, who enters Olen’s world under a shroud of mystery and captures the spiritually wounded Olen’s imagination. Starry-eyed, with visions of pop culture vampire love filling his head, Olen takes the ultimate risk for love only to discover unlife is nothing like he imagined.
Rather than becoming Ander’s lover, he’s reborn into a cruel vampiric family with sibling rivalry and dangerous lusts beyond his worst fears. With his love for Ander unchanged but his maker keeping him at arm’s length, can Olen make peace with his new brothers and sisters and discover a way to win back the master vampire who still holds his heart? And how far is Olen willing to go to make Ander his and his alone?
Review: Based on the blurb I thought this might be a good vampire story. Sadly I just couldn’t get into the Spartan vampire family drama thing this book had going on. I despised one of the MCs. Didn’t really love the other one either. It’s a pretty sappy insta love kind of romance. The kind where the guys profess their love and devotion quickly. With vampires.
Within 2 weeks of meeting the handsome stranger, Ander, Olen decides to abandon his life and join his new vampire lover forever. So he’s turned with barely a discussion on what to expect beyond being turned. Olen only really knows he has to find his way back to Ander from the dark. When Olen awakes he’s welcomed to a situation he hadn’t expected. Ander has a bunch of vampire children living with him and Olen is to be one of many. Olen doesn’t like it. He wants Ander all to himself. Doesn’t want to feed off anyone else. Feeding from your making more than once isn’t done so he nearly starves himself to death in protest. When another vampire acts like a brat and taunts Olen he lashes out. Of course he’s a super powerful baby vamp for some reason that wasn’t ever explained to my satisfaction. He knows his jealousy is creating issues for Ander but he just can’t help himself. Olen wants Ander all to himself.
Olen is a twit. He started out as a shy former abuse victim that vows to never be treated badly again. So of course he gives up his life to join a stranger. Ooookay. Olen’s behavior is so selfish and childlike but with a very violent tone. He was incredibly unlikeable IMO but Ander thought he was the one he’d been waiting for for over 2000 years. He’s one of those characters we’re told is amazing that I found to be anything but. And Ander is supposedly this very old and powerful vamp who will soon be in charge of his entire lineage but he’s kind of a wimp and lets everyone do what they want. Which means he doesn’t keep his vampire children in check. There were also some pretty icky sex scenes with a minotaur that I couldn’t read. Besides the sex I didn’t get that entire time out world thing. Not at all.
Sadly the book was overwrought with drama. I had issues with it pretty quickly but felt I had to finish to give it a chance at a better rating. I might have to stay away from this sort of gothic-esque romance stuff because it was really tough for me to read. The world building was super sketchy too. There were rules but no rules. I love vampire stories but this one was a miss for me.