Genre: Historical, Urban Fantasy
LGBTQ+ Category: Bisexual, Gay
Reviewer: D.B., Paranormal Romance Guild
About The Book
Go into battle expecting to die…
Born and raised as a samurai, Tetsuro Saito expected to die in battle. He didn’t expect to rise again.
Waking up in the middle of a bloodbath, Tetsuro is horrified to discover he’s been turned into a vampire by a man with a violent agenda. Unless Tetsuro can find a way to stop him, Maxwell Osborne will continue to create an army of immortals. Fighting the bloodthirsty urges now burning through his veins, Tetsuro vows to kill Osborne and spare the world fate he has in store for it.
Everything he once stood for has been ripped away. The life he once had is gone. Will Tetsuro be strong enough to defeat his maker while starving his new impulses? Or will victory demand he lose himself to the darkness rising within him?
This is a standalone novella, and can be read in any order.
The story flowed well, although it took me a moment to grasp what the “Now Playing,” element of the beginning of each chapter was about. I believe, this first book is really about setting up the story, although I haven’t read the other books in the series. I enjoyed the story over all, and it kept my interest the entire time I was reading it.
The storyline was slightly difficult to follow. Without giving away too much, this book was mostly focused on revenge. There were also some romantic elements that confused me. I wasn’t exactly sure who the love interest was intended to be. It wasn’t until the end when things became clear.
Ultimately, I struggled with how the revenge situation was concluded. After reading the entire story to get to the point where justice is served, I was frustrated when the author seemed to skim over it to focus their attention on the romance.
I was all in for the fantasy element and didn’t really need the romantic aspects. Those could’ve come in book 2 (like I think they do).
Despite my criticism, I was compelled to read the introduction to the next book. That’s always a good sign. I would encourage anyone who likes vampire and magic books to invest in this story. Although I haven’t read the follow-up books, they are likely to be a fun read.
I am D.B. Wilson and I am an avid reader. I was born in Tennessee and lived there until I went to college in Iowa. I spent most of my life in Kansas City and have been a teacher, real estate agent, bookseller, and even a full-time foster parent. My husband and I became full-time RVers in 2017 and now travel with our two dogs Denver and Buddy as he works all over USA as a travel nurse.
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