Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Dusty Pages Review: Real Vampires don't Sparkle

Matheus Taylor didn’t ask to be murdered.
To be fair, the percentage of people actually asking to be murdered is probably small enough to be safely ignored, but he felt it was worth stating regardless. His life might have been ordinary, but it was his life and he wasn’t done with it yet.
Quin didn’t care.
A seventeen-hundred old Roman, Quintus Livius Saturnius had a different view of morality than most people. Killing Matheus and hijacking his undead existence seemed perfectly acceptable to him.
Now, Matheus spends his nights running for his life, questioning his sexual orientation, and defying a mysterious new threat to the vampires within his city.
Not that he set out to do any defying; he just wanted to be left alone.
Unfortunately, that was never going to happen.

It was the title that first grabbed me with this book as its a sentiment I share. I loved Matheus's dry humour and his interaction with Quin. I also liked the growing attraction between the two men though when I first picked it up I didn't know it was going to be a M/M romance. Not that I mind of course, its very well done and very funny throughout, I laughed out loud several times at their "flirting".

The plot for me took a little while to get going and I am sad to say after all of Matheus's internal monologues about his past, I kind of saw who the big bad guy was going to be coming a mile off. Again not that I minded that, sometimes its the only way you can go. What I didn't like was that the book just seemed to cut off. They are escaping in a BMW (which to add insult to injury I think belongs to the big bad) and it just stops. After a quick google I see there is a second book, with a third planned, so I guess that the writer has been very clever to cut it off there, to make people buy the second book but the reviews I've seen have not been favourable. I may cave I may not.

I give it

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