Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section…. Didn’t happen. Not even once.
Jonathan Varga is an enigma. True, he’s quiet, generous, and scrupulously polite. But he has zero social life, refuses to be interviewed or photographed, and insists he can only consume feline blood.
Why supermarket blood won’t suffice, Mark hasn’t asked. He’s rarely at a loss for words—he can dish an insult and follow it with a snap as quick as you can say “Miss Thang.” But one look at Jonathan’s black-as-sin gypsy eyes, and Mark’s objections drain away.
So he endures the perpetual grind of their routine: Jonathan hiding in his studio, swiping black paint onto black canvases. Mark hurling insults while he buffs the office to a shine with antiviral wipes. Each of them avoiding the other in a careful choreography…until a blurb in Art in America unleashes a chain of harrowing events.
As secrets from Jonathan’s past are brought to light, it becomes clear that all his precautions weren’t nearly enough.
Second expanded edition includes bonus novelette Sweet
Just when you think you’ve read every possible spin on the Vampire story there is… Jordan hits us with something new!
As you know, I’m a huge JCP fan. I find her mind extraordinary and her darkness compelling, where normally I pass on things that are too bleak or dark. Where she excels is in the balance. She definitely doesn’t make it easy on her MCs (or any of her characters, really) but she does give them light at the end of the tunnel.
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This is a slow burn romance with not a lot of heat but a lot of emotional connections and some very well-developed and complex characters – plus some snarky one liners! I think, looking at this like any “epidemic” it’s a fascinating look at how society treats illness and disease in general.
For fans of the author, I highly recommend this. If you’ve not read anything by her, this would be an interesting first book – but I wouldn’t judge her based on this – not because it isn’t wonderful – but because she writes so many things well but I think her PsyCop series really is her best work. (IMHO)
For fans of Vampire Romances, you may or may not want to read this as it’s not your typical romance (see spoiler or read some other reviews that tell more about this) because it’s far from typical.
4.5 of 5 stars
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