Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Thorns and Fangs by Gillian St. Kevern

 Title: Thorns and Fangs
Series: Thorns and Fangs, 1
Author: Gillian St. Kevern
Publisher: Nine Star Press
Genre: MM, Paranormal
Pages: 372
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
Nate is caught between two dangerously hot vampires who can compel people to do whatever they want and a ruthless necromancer who wants Nate for all the wrong reasons—and that’s only the start of his problems.

Escort Nate prides himself on two things: his ability to please his clients and his normality – living in the monster capital of the world, ordinary is rare. Hunter, a darkly charming vampire with more charisma than is good for him, decides Nate is just what he needs. Nate’s sympathetic nature and skill in the bedroom are put to the ultimate test. But Hunter wants Nate for someone else – his brother, Ben. Nate is immediately attracted by the control with which Ben holds his sensitive nature in force. Too afraid of becoming a monster to allow himself to feel, Ben struggles to resist Nate’s generosity of emotion. As Nate’s normal world crumbles around him, and he desperately searches for a way to save Ben, Nate is becoming the necromancer’s latest victim.

Nate is forced to let go of and embrace powers he doesn’t fully understand. In defiance of Ben’s vampire sire and hunted by Department Seven, Nate and Ben finally learn to trust and rely on each other.

Thorns and Fangs is the first book in the Thorns and Fangs series by author Gillian St. Kevern.  This book is extremely well written. I liked the pacing and the characters a lot.  The one drawback to this book is there is a ton of information. At places, it feels like information overload.  Like being forced eat just one more bite when you are full.
I can see where this is a set up for future books though.  This is a paranormal but had a real fantasy feel to it.
The one character who was the clearest to me is Nate.  He is an escort. He is doing this to pay off his student loans and to help his family with money.   He is such a good soul. I liked his sense of humor and he really drew me into this story.
Ben, he is more complicated.  I felt like I didn’t get a good feel for him.  Like there is a piece to the Ben puzzle I am still looking for to make it complete.
Ben is a good character, he is a vampire. He has to learn to accept himself and his duties. What they mean to him both personally and professionally.

Overall this is a good but not fast read. You should read this one when you have time to really sink into a book and absorb what you are reading. But I think this series is worth exploring more. I know I would love to read them.

                                   Four Twinkling Stars 

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