Paris in the early 1800’s is a dangerous place for many, but this does not stop Xavier Saint-Laurent from running his small parish with a deep devotion to those less fortunate that need his guidance, despite being closer to those involved in the revolution than his family cares for him to be. Befriended by a man he is more than drawn to, Xavier must struggle with his growing feelings for Thomas as he deals with a family torn apart by his sister’s decision to marry a stranger and his faith in the very church he has sworn himself to.
Thomas is taken unawares when he stumbles upon the priest in the gardens of the parish not long after he had sent a very deserving victim to his demise. The immediate connection is more than he can ignore as he finds himself unable to curb his desire to return to Xavier’s company night after night, much to his maker’s displeasure, he is sure. Vowing to keep the man who has captured his heart safe from the dangers of the revolution that surround them, he keeps his vampirism a secret from him and insinuates himself into his extended family.
The memories of the dangers and trials they all faced as they dealt with the revolution, a dark threatening stranger who insinuates himself into Xavier’s sister’s life and the revelation of Thomas’ true self are told in a very captivating and at times dark tale. I like to pull out a book that leans to the darker side of the paranormal genre every so often, and this book not only filled that need but pulled me into its darkness and the emotional travels of these two men and the love that they shared. Their relationship went through many stages as Xavier’s vows stood in their way more than his questions about Thomas’ disappearances during the day and the feelings of his friends and family towards the relationship.
It was really easy to keep attentive to their plight as they struggled with everything they needed to overcome during this book, but I found the easy acceptance of the strangeness of the situation with both the vampires and the voodoo magic used a bit harder to accept, especially with Xavier’s sister, one of the strongest characters in the book, and her dismissal of the facts surrounding her betrothed. I really enjoyed immersing myself in this book, nonetheless, and watching the love that Thomas and Xavier shared grow despite the hurdles they faced made it a very entertaining read.
- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480134694
- ISBN-13: 978-1480134690