- Reviewed by: Scott Burkett
- Print Length: 223 pages
- Posting: M/M, Vampire
- Publisher: Escape Publishing – Harlequin Enterprises (May 1, 2014)
- Book Provided by: Publisher
- Author: Daniel De Lorne
- Posting Date: July 18, 2014
- Rating: 4 Star
This story takes place during 3 points of time within 6 Centuries. The first part of the story opens in 1390, the second in 1792 and it ends during the present day. It is the story of Twin brothers Thierry and Olivier. Read the Book Description to get a little background on the characters and it will better assist you in understanding the characters.
Daniel De Lorne did a really great job of bringing me, the reader, into the world of Thierry and Olivier. His descriptions of places, people, smells and textures were melded seamlessly into the storyline. I wasn’t molested with “this is this” and “that is that”, this is one of the aspects that separates an Author from a Writer and I think Daniel did a good job.
As the characters progressed through the centuries, I liked how well Thierry and Olivier accepted their life as Immortal. I like the rawness that Daniel gave them when it came to the hunger and the need to feed. There wasn’t the “oh no I’m going to bite you and drink your blood, I’m so sorry and I’m going to feel so bad afterwards”. You can find that on the CW. I like these characters, they don’t have the hangups, they feed to survive.
The one theme throughout the book was Obsession, it played in Thierry’s life with Etienne, his lover in 1390 and with Olivier’s life with his Brother. Etienne was Thierry’s one true love. As Thierry lived through the centuries the reincarnated soul of Etienne was able to leap frog through time and is marked by the 3 different sections of the book. Olivier’s obsession with Thierry is pretty consuming, he doesn’t begrudge Thierry playing around, as long as he doesn’t get involved.
There is reference to magic in this story and this is where I felt a little let down. Thierry and Olivier had this supernatural bond as humans where they felt the others pain and pleasures, almost to the point where they were able to see through the others eyes. As an Immortal the same feelings were present but could be dampered by feeding, the more the hunger the more the channel was opened up. I was never given the origin to this binding and as such never understood it and the same goes with their sister, Aurelia. I didn’t understand her place in the story which left me a little befuddled.
I still recommend this book even with the couple of things that bothered me. This book is new and exciting, it’s raw with a great story line. I don’t know if this will sound weird but Thierry and Olivier were written with such complexity that it left me believing that they could be real.