Author: Irene Preston
Series: Hours of Night
Publisher: Prescourt (Self)
Release Date: 9/13/2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal
Page Count: 319
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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. (less)
I absolutely love vampire stories. I am seriously addicted. I’ve read possibly every overdone story and haven’t regretted one minute spent getting lost in those stories. They’re vampires! They’re sexy! Who doesn’t like reading about these devilishly handsome and alluring creatures? With Halloween fast approaching I started craving a vampire story. Asked a couple good friends of mine and they recommended this book. And boy am I happy they did.
Vespers is not the typical run of the mill vampire story. I read the blurb and couldn’t wait to dive into this story despite my trepidation in regards to the religious overtones. Nevertheless, I dived right in and I must say this universe is very intriguing. This book surprised me in a very good way but some of the unexpected drawbacks forced me to give this a lower score than I would have.
Lets start with the positive. I love the start of this story. Thaddeus Dupont was aspiring to monk before he was turned into a vampire. Ever since becoming a vampire, Thaddeus pledged his life to slaying demons in the name of the church and the White Monks. as if being a vampire wasn’t bad enough, Thaddeus is also attracted to men which is a sin according to his faith and so for decades he has always made sure his assistants were female until an error dropped a tempting morsel named Sara into the repressed vampire lap.
Sara reminds me of every opinionated headstrong and determined twenty-something millennial trying to carve out a decent living in this unpredictable economy. The job offer to be Thaddeus’ assistant was a godsend. Sara, is determined to help his mom save the family business and cease being a financial drain on his family. One year in Thaddeus employ pretty much guarantees he will fulfill his goal. buoyed with the idea of finally being a contributor to his family, Sara sets off on an adventure he never expected.
I absolutely adore how the romance plays out between Thaddeus and Sara. The sexual tension was always subtle but electrifying whenever these two interacted without it being the main focus in very important scenes. I loved watching these two wrestle with their mutual attraction. Sara knows its a bad idea to get involved with his boss and Thaddeus refuses to damn his soul. The more these two learn about each other, the harder it becomes to resist the pull and when they finally came together it was explosive and delicious on so many levels.
The characters are fully fleshed out and the romance is simply delicious, however, I had issues with everything else. There were too many loose ends and not enough clarity on how Thaddeus became a vampire, where did these demons come from and what precisely is there ultimate goal? Why are they determined to make Thaddeus their ruler? The other issues I had were the lack of world-building, the pacing of the story and the abrupt ( but not a cliffhanger) ending. I look forward to reading more about these two but I really need more world building and more clarification regarding the White Monks and the Demons Thaddeus has fought tirelessly against.
Despite these hiccups, the romance and camaraderie between Sara, Thaddeus and Nohea were enough to carry this story for me. If you’re looking for something different and intriguing, give this book a try. I was pleasantly surprised and I look forward to future reading future stories from this series. (less)