Hours of the Night 1.5, Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt
Genre: Romance, LGBTQIA
I loved the first book, and enjoyed this. I very rarely read novellas, but one of the few exceptions is where like this its part of a series I’m already following.
You could read this alone, but I think you’ll get more from it if you read the first book and understand how Sara and Thad came together.
They’re still finding their way, Thad is still struggling with his conscience over his relationship with Sara.
The White Monks – I really dislike them, cold-hearted, unchristian people to my mind. They dangle the hope of forgiveness before poor Thad in exchange for him working for them, risking his life countlessly fighting demons, while they stay safe and smug. They’re just using him IMO, and I think their God would be very angry at the treatment they dish out to him.
One of the things that makes me feel so cross with the Monks is that the characters feel real to me, so in a way my anger is good!!
Anyway, rant over 😉 and back to the story.
Its a Christmas short, bringing Thad into danger from the locals.
I enjoyed the way it played out, how I really felt “there” in the swamps with them, the bringing in of typical vampire/demon/voodoo/witch legends that surround areas like that. Its moving forward, slowly, very slowly, the changes in Thad and Sara’s relationship.
They’re an unlikely duo, the repressed vampire, full of repentance and who has spent the past century working for the monks, fighting Demons, hiding his nature, both vampire and sexual.
Thad was so alone when we first met him, and he seemed to feel that was just punishment for the monster he saw himself as.
Then there’s Sara, totally opposite in nature, exuberant, out and proud, mixed race young man. In many ways he’s incredibly patient with Thad, he’s trying hard to let him lighten up at his own pace, and Thad is trying too but all those decades of routine and blame are hard to get past.
I hope they find their way forward, it looks good so far, and this story cements their relationship a bit more.
Its not just a sexual/love one but something a bit more with Sara and Thad both having a bit extra “sense” of the other than is usual.
A fun short read, that I enjoyed because I already was familiar with this world.
If you like novellas, then you may enjoy this even without reading book one, but its well worth reading too and gives a better understanding of this story.
Stars: Five, a good addition to the series, moving the story forward a little more.
ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers