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We met Forge in book one, Shades of Sepia. He is another, really old, vampire who is friends with Simon. He has a lover, Declan, and though they aren’t mates, they’re happy with each other.
As a result, Forge is not really too psyched to find his soul mate when he meets Blair, the missing computer guru he’s been working with online for years. It turns out Blair is a recent (5 years) vampire and has never been taught how to be a vampire.
Blair is hysterical. He’s gathered all this (wrong) information about being a vampire and what it means and is pretty lonely – fearing what he’ll do if released on an unsuspecting public.
It is with equal parts exasperation and amusement that Forge and Blair begin to work on Blair’s “education” and the possibility of their bonding.
Meanwhile, there is something killing vampires and werewolves around Flint and Forge and Blair are on the case to stop the murderer.
I was very nervous, after having read book one, that Declan would make things angst-ridden and awkward, but he’s almost a non-issue. Almost. The guys were very “adult” about the situation, pragmatic if you will, and it didn’t “hurt” like I thought it might.
Blair was super charming and hysterical at times and a great foil for Forge’s more cynical nature. The mystery was a bit more overshadowing of the romance than I like (in general) but was really fascinating and well done. (It ends up being a supernatural predator with some interesting quirks, so not your basic whodunit at all.)
In addition to being quirky, Blair is a little kinky, too. The steam in this book was a bit higher than in Sepia, and a welcome change.
I agree that though you could read this as a standalone, it’s better read the series in order.
Faust Kells is a new narrator to me. He did a very nice job with the emotion and giving Blair a distinct voice from Forge and Lucas. Lucas was my favorite, a big growly like a werewolf should be. I didn’t love his British accent, but it was a nice attempt. Sometimes (when not reading dialog) he came across a bit monotone, but most of the time he definitely added to the overall experience of the story.
All in all I give both the book and narration 4.5 of 5 stars
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