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This was another terrific story by the wonderful Jordan Castillo Price. Her Psy-Cop series is one of my favorites.
The story begins with Mark, a 40 something snarky, aging gay clothes hound, who is the personal assistant to Jonathan. Jonathan is a V+pos. All of society is now separated by 2 catagories &quot;v-neg or v+pos&quot;. V+pos being the highly contagious Vampire virus that is 85% fatal. It defines every single detail of society now. V+pos persons are treated as pariah, and every one wears gloves outside their own homes for fear of contagion. In many ways V+pos is reminiscent mixing of the old &quot;jim crow&quot; laws with a mixture of the societal hysteria during the first days of HIV/aids. IE: separate bathrooms, separate sections of public places, and special disposable gloves for everyone.
Mark goes about his days running the personal errands, securing the blood, and liaison for business matters for Jonathan, who is quiet, shy, eccentric and paints giant solid black works of art. (It turns out that V+pos people can acually see colors in the art).
This very dull and predictable life all gets sent careening out of control with the appearance of a very powerful eastern european mobster who is after Jonathan. Jonathan has been hiding in plain site in NYC for many years, thinking Laslo wants to kill him for infecting him with V.
As the 2 men run for their lives in a pretty tense game of cat and mouse, history, circumstances and the real truth of Jonathan's past unfold, all the while providing an environment of closeness that allows the men to slowly reveal their mutual feelings for each other.
This story was enjoyable on many levels, Its different!! Its has a somber serious disease at the forefront, but Mark is a sarcastic, super funny protaganist who infuses humor into the story. There are some very sweet tender moments between Mark and Jonathan that are very Hot without a single touch or mention of sex. And it is slowly, slowly revealed that each has been suffering silent unrequited feelings for a long time.
Joel Leslie is a king of narration. His skills are brilliant as always. Any book he narrates is pretty much an auto buy for me, even an unknown author or genre. He breathes colorful, vibrant life into the characters of any story he performs. One of my favorite narrators.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I absolutely loved this audiobook. Mark and Jonathan's journey is like no vampire story I've encountered before, much less as a romance. This is my first book by Jordan Castillo Price and I'm at a loss as to how I've not read this author before.
I don't even know how to adequately explain how much I enjoyed Hemovore, but as someone who lived with HIV+ person for nearly a decade, I could understand on a basic level the concerns that Mark had when it came to contracting the Hemovore virus from Jonathan. Fortunately, HIV is not transmitted through casual contact as the Hemovore virus is in the world Price has created, so I did not have to be as cautious as Mark did. I cannot imagine spending so much time with someone I loved or even cared about and never being able to touch them - then again, that was often how many people treated those who were HIV+ in the early days of the disease and the parallels that Price draws in the novel are a stark and frightening reminder of how badly people were and still are, in some cases, treated. The addition of the threat from Jonathan's past does an excellent job of propelling the story and the relationship forward as the two men are put through the ringer as they try to survive a psychopath, evade law enforcement, and keep the implosion of their world from destroying them. Price does an excellent job of weaving the romance and the action &amp; suspense together in a believable and easily rooted for manner. And Joel Leslie does a wonderful job of bringing Price's words and characters to life in such a way that I was hard pressed to press pause when the real world came knocking at my door (you know, work, sleep, feeding the dog, etc).
As I did not read the original version, I cannot comment on the revisions Price made to update the story. However, I can report that the added novelette, Sweet, was an absolute treat that I enjoyed immensely.
I already want to listen to Hemovore again so that I don't have to leave Mark and Jonathan behind, the world Price created for them, or the impressive narrative performance by Leslie that made the story even more entertaining.
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
A very different and eminently plausible take on the Vampire legend. It’s a great story taken to the next level by an awesome voice actor. I loved it.
I loved this book. The way they live and expectations so as to not catch the virus. Totally different from other vampire books. Joel did a wonderful job with the narration
So happy for Sweets to be added so we could see the wonderful wedding. Highly recommend