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REVIEW: Electric Candle – Elizabeth Noble

Electric Candle - Elizabeth Noble - Sleepless City

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

When a vampire finds his soulmate, the bond is forever. It’s love at first sight.

Or is it?

Homicide Detective Jonas Forge has been a vampire for centuries. He’s fought wars, seen life go from the simple colonial days to the modern high-tech world. He’s evolved with the times, adapted to each new era, blended into each new life. The one constant is his best friend, mentor, and lover, Declan. Even though not fated to bond as soulmates, Forge and Declan are happy and settled in their life together.

Until Forge’s real soulmate falls, literally, into his life.

Forge isn’t thrilled with the guy, despite the pheromones attracting them to each other, and the feeling seems mutual. While trying to adjust to his clumsy soulmate and equally awkward feelings, Forge is also on the hunt for a serial-killer witnesses can’t identify who’s leaving a trail of bodies in its wake.

Will the bond Forge is finally forming with his soulmate be destroyed when the hunter becomes the victim?

If you like fated mates who aren’t perfect for each other, a paranormal killer who might not be caught and found families then you’ll love Elizabeth Noble’s Electric Candle.

The Review

“The Sleepless City” series is a collaboration between Elizabeth Noble and Anne Barwell. Anne Barwell brought the readers book one “Shades of Sepia” and Elizabeth Noble brings book two “Electric Candle” into the mix, with a more in-depth look into Jonas Forge and Blair Turner.

Jonas Forge (Shades of Sepia) is a very helpful and understanding individual giving advice, especially when Simon and Ben were just getting together. But when Jonas finds his soulmate, he can’t seem to handle his own situation and becomes domineering and rude. Desperate, he’s asked for help from his centuries long “friend with benefits” Declan.

After helping in Forges’ and Lucas’ last case, Blair Turner had come up missing for five years. He has his reasons for showing up in Boggslake. Through a moment of sadness and loneliness, something Blair didn’t deserve, happened to him.

While on the scene of another gruesome murder, Forge gets a peculiar feeling and spots a stranger watching him. The chase is on, and when Forge catches the stranger, he can’t believe who it is and how it will complicate his situation and his forever life. Forge and Blair have a lot of issues to straighten out, and the big one concerns Declan.

In the meantime, Forge, Lucas, Blair and the residents of Boggs Castle find themselves targets of an evil and dangerous entity.

Elizabeth Noble does a great job continuing this ongoing eerie mystery from “The Sleepless City” series. There’s lot’s of investigation, action, danger and it’s very eerie with this new supernatural evil that starts to really develop.

I like what Noble does with Blair’s character. Even though he’s a graphic novel and gaming geek, she doesn’t continually portray him as a nerf. He’s very much a young man who has feelings and serious concerns about what he’s become. Meeting Forge confuses him, and he has to make choices that affect his emotions. The soulmate bond is very difficult for Blair to accept, along with Forges’ feelings about Declan.

Besides bringing the reader more details about about Forge and Blair, Noble also fills in more about Lucas, Simon, Ben, Boggs and Moose, who are allvery active throughout this story. Stewie is a great addition too, a human who works along side Lucas and Forge for the Boggslake PD. There’s also an interesting look at Lucas’ estranged family, Anita his sister and brother-in-law, Randall. Lucas’ family has never been accepting of the life he chose. There’s a lot of animosity where vampires and werewolves are concerned.

Elizabeth Noble first released “Electric Candle” in 2014. This has been another fun revisit to the re-edited version of the interesting world of the supernatural.

Coming in September, “The Sleepless City” series continues on with Anne Barwell’s book three, “Family and Reflection”.

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.  

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