Vespers (Hours of the Night #1)

Author: Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt

Publisher: Prescourt Books

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:   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.

 

Review:  Sara takes a job that’s too good to be true because his family needs the money. The job pays really well but there’s a lot of unknowns. He’s determined to make it work. When he arrives it’s even weirder than he’d thought. His new employer’s house is deep in the bayou. Upon meeting his handsome new boss Thaddeus he’s immediately fired. Then the demons come and Thaddeus has no choice but to take Sara with him to New Orleans for his newest job. Thaddeus is a vampire who works for a super secret division of the Catholic church. They use him for jobs too dangerous for humans. Sara’s employment contract is binding for a year. He learns his real job was to feed Thaddeus his blood. At first he’s disgusted but intrigued by the world he’s been thrust into. Then he’s mixed up in it all with no way to escape it. Then he starts to care about Thaddeus and wants to help him. Something big is going on. There are too many demons and they’re too focused on Thaddeus for it to be a coincidence.

This book started off very interesting. You’re on an unknown adventure with Sara into a world he never knew existed. I liked the idea of the secret division of paranormal agency mixed up with the church. Thaddeus hates being a vampire. He feels his soul is tainted since becoming a vampire. He’s extremely religious and feels he must be devout and give himself over to their will if there’s any chance to save his soul. AND the church happily uses his guilt and pain to serve their needs. There was a grey area here. I went back and forth about whether or not how corrupt they were. There’s something else lurking there but in this book it wasn’t delved into too deeply. I want to know more!

The romance portion of this book was a bit frustrating. Mostly because Thaddeus spends the majority of the book being a martyr. It gets super annoying! There’s just way too much of him doing it. He wants Sara but being with Sara is a sin. Sara deserves better than him. He’s a vile awful creature. God is testing him and punishing him. So much wallowing. I think I could have really liked this book if it was toned down. As is there was so much it overshadowed everything else I enjoyed about it. The relationship had a lot of tension but still had an insta love/lust feel to it. The guys are forced together when all the danger amps up. Thaddeus thinks it’s his job to take on everything and protect everyone. Again his penance for being what he is. Frankly it was exhausting to read about after a while.

I also didn’t really get a good sense of his power or strength. One fight he’d win. One fight he’d get pummeled. He’d do random things and then falter. I just rolled with it but wish I’d gotten a better feel of his abilities. There’s a ton of action. Some fun banter. So basically this book had some ups and downs. I liked most of the book. I’m tempted to read the next book now that Thaddeus has some of his issues worked out. There’s a lot in this book that held my interest. Just too much vampire angst to be the great read it could have been.

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