I really enjoyed the first third of this book. The premise was cool and the set-up, engaging. AD Marrow does a great job introducing these characters and building their world. I was invested in them almost immediately. I liked the heroine’s intellect and short temper. I liked the hero’s emotional investment in the human girl his sister adopted. Heck, even the villain was interesting. How many sadistic, muscle bound transvestite killers do you find in PNR? I was practically patting myself on the back for picking up this book… until it started trying to be a romance. And that is when it all fell apart.
The vampire race is dwindling. They can no longer reproduce or turn humans into one of their kind. What once was a natural process, now kills those people who attempt conversion. As the leader of his people, Taris is determined to find a solution to the problem. Unfortunately, his enemies are on the same quest. Both camps set their sights on Dr. Sarah Bridgeman, when she makes an appearance on a talk show, discussing her groundbreaking research on overcoming organ rejection. Her theories could very well apply to the rejection of vampire blood in humans, so Taris sets out to bring her around to his cause.
He makes it just in time to stop his evil transvestite brother Bane from snatching her himself. So his plans of a gentle introduction kind of go out the window. But his sister Kalin helps build bridges with Sarah were he can’t. (It doesn’t help, of course, that he is undeniably attracted to the good doctor from the moment he lays eyes on her.) Sarah –and we, as readers– come to know Taris’s brothers and sisters in arms, also known as the Nine, who help protect the vampire race, each while dealing with their own problems, borne through centuries of life.
It’s all good up to the point where the hero and heroine decide they are in love with each other in a couple of days. Epic, soul deep love. In a couple. Of. Days. It takes all the great stuff from the first half and just craps all over it. There is absolutely no emotional investment in this relationship. They’re hot for each other and then they’re in love because –poof– they just are. It only gets worse when the author introduces a secondary romance between Kalin and Sarah’s research partner, Nick. They fall in love in a couple of hours, off page, then get married and presumably pregnant the very next day.
That’s not romance. That’s stupid.
And it’s such a shame because the first half was good. And some of the characters are really interesting. Like Bane. Like the twist with Achan, which I totally didn’t see coming. But I could barely force myself to finish the book, wading through the growling and the possessive insta-love nonsense. I couldn’t even take Taris or Sarah seriously after all of that, which made it very hard to care what happened to them.
Such a waste of potential.
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Chaos and Moonlight
by AD Marrow
Release Date: May 6, 2015