Love between a young man with a broken mind and the jaded New Vampire Justice officer who cares for him might be the last hope to stop a human-vampire war….
Justin Masters is stuck in a nightmare. Waking after seven years in a catatonic state, he falls desperately in love with the straight NVJ officer who saved him. Between that and dreams of being tortured and taking pleasure in the pain, which bleeds into his waking hours, Justin’s sure he’s starting to crack.
The growing unrest in the vampire world should be Max Kincaid’s focus, but Justin’s struggle, along with Max’s confusing feelings for his ward, have him reeling. When Justin’s attacked, his resulting needs might be more than what Max can provide, but he’ll be damned if anyone else will touch Justin.
As the NVJ investigates humans missing from a high-end bite club, they uncover a deeper plot that traces back to Justin. If those who want him have their way, there will be bloodshed. Justin and Max are in a fight to save Justin not only from those who would use him, but from his own mind.
This is a book that will elicit strong emotions I think. For me it was very hard to get through. While I understood that Justin’s pathology led him to link pain to sex it was hard to read his lover doing these things to him. It just never sits well with me, though I KNOW that perfectly “sane” people also mix pain and sex on a regular basis. It’s just really not my thing.
As a result I was far more guarded in my appreciation of this installment. It seemed that every other page was discussing or dealing with the pain and torture Justin had endured and it was frankly too much for my tastes.
The writing is just as good as it was in Book 1 and it was great seeing Lincoln and Carson again. There is even MORE angst in this (if that’s possible) than in book one and more drama.
I think anyone not as sensitive to this subject as me will find this book to be a fantastic sequel to book one. For those of you who shy away from BDSM type stuff, I’d recommend avoiding this as well.
I’ll give this 3.5 of 5 stars because the world building and writing is still stellar, but it’s just not my cup of tea.
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