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A gripping, blood‐drenched saga about twin brothers, the men they love, and the enduring truth that true love never dies — no matter how many times you kill it.Thierry d’Arjou has but one escape from the daily misery of his work at a medieval abattoir — Etienne de Balthas. But keeping their love a secret triggers a bloody chain of events that condemns Thierry to a monstrouA gripping, blood‐drenched saga about twin brothers, the men they love, and the enduring truth that true love never dies — no matter how many times you kill it.Thierry d’Arjou has but one escape from the daily misery of his work at a medieval abattoir — Etienne de Balthas. But keeping their love a secret triggers a bloody chain of events that condemns Thierry to a monstrous immortality. Thierry quickly learns that to survive his timeless exile, he must hide his sensitive heart from the man who both eases and ensures his loneliness...his twin brother.Shaped by the fists of a brutal father, Olivier d’Arjou cares for only two things: his own pleasure and his twin. But their sadistic path through centuries is littered with old rivals and new foes, and Olivier must fight for what is rightfully his – Thierry, made immortal just for him....

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Beckoning Blood Reviews

  • Mona
    2019-01-18 18:21

    An impossible provide a SPOILER free review.**4 Blood Filled Stars**We may look the same,but we are nothing alike. I won't be tortured for your sins.This sick monster that wore his face 1390 Carcassonne, France. Twin brothers, identical in appearance...but as opposite as night and day. Thierry a loving and compassionate no match to his calculating and evil brother, Olivier. The two share a powerful bond- though unwanted by Thierry- keeps them from truly being alone. A connection that bares their thoughts and feelings to each other. Thoughts that might lead to Olivier discovering Thierry's secret. A secret he holds close to his heart...his lover, Etienne. A forbidden relationship, that could have them killed. And a love, hated by Olivier, who seeks to destroy it. But soon thoughts of vengeance, hopes of dreams and life as they know it, is taken away from the brothers...and their new existence is darker, far beyond anything they have ever experienced. Blood, hatred, betrayal and lose...are all apart of the beginning of this story. I will admit to cringing many times as I read, even contemplating to stop...but I couldn't. I was drawn in by this intriguing and dark read, obviously written by a very talented author. So, I continued...Wine, blood and loose talk 1792 Near Neulehn, Saxony.How can one survive the loss of a loved one...then be expected to live along side those, who caused all their pain?Centuries has passed, since the night Thierry lost all dear to him. He walks the earth as a vampire...the undead, along with his treacherous and evil brother, Olivier. He has spent years attempting to end his end the lonely existence he was forced in. He lives with the impossible task of keeping his brother in check. Attempting to hide their secret from the humans...and minimize the death and destruction created by his sadistic brother. An invitation by a Baroness, leads Thierry and Olivier to spend time among the noblemen and women of Saxony...where new conquests and havoc, can be delivered by Olivier. But things have changed for Thierry. He no longer seeks to prevent his brothers actions...not when his thoughts are consumed by the beautiful and familiar, Reiner. A familiarity that whispers of his former lover Etienne. Thierry must do all in his power, to prevent Olivier from discovering his love. For Olivier's jealousy is deadly...and his possessiveness towards his brother, would lead to the murder of Reiner. He must seek a way to prevent the past from repeating its self...and find away to keep Reiner safe and forever. But will all be destroyed and lost by Olivier's wicked and malicious games?OMG, at this point...the story blew me away. Its intensity and directness, kept me from taking a breath and slowing my heart rate. I only imagine the worst around every corner. And could't predict what the sadistic, Olivier would do next. I experienced fear, tears with heartache and even...happiness. A bored vampire is a dangerous thing Present day Perth, AustraliaAgain, time has passed and Thierry has learnt to live with his pain. He's numbed his feeling to nothing, other than the kill...and the blood he receives to satisfy his thirst. He's lost another love...and hopes for his return."Even In Death"Give me a reason to believe that you're goneI see your shadow so I know they're all wrongMoonlight on the soft brown earthIt leads me to where you layThey took you away from me but now I'm taking you homeI will stay forever here with youMy loveThe softly spoken words you gave meEven in death our love goes onSome say I'm crazy for my love, Oh my loveBut no bonds can hold me from your side, Oh my loveThey don't know you can't leave meThey don't hear you singing to meWith Olivier still connected and attached to will he ever experiences peace? How will he protect his love...if he's ever found? And how will he break the bond, linking him to his brutal brother?WOW, what an amazing, thrilling, and at times, gruesome read. The ending was very unexpected for me...but still had me smiling when I finished. I'm glad it wasn't a (view spoiler)[cliffhanger. And even with a HEA, the story will continue on, as some things were left unfinished. (hide spoiler)] Mates, I highly recommend this dark and gripping read...but not for the light hearted xxARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin Enterprises Australia, for an honest review.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • SheReadsALot
    2019-02-04 19:32

    *waves hands frantically* Guilty as charged!4 HEARTS--The d'Arjou twins...vampire twins, gruesome, twisted and quite a tale they weave.Any True Blood or Vampire Diaries fans out there? I'm a fan of both. And surprise, surprise, I gravitate to the twisted ones. The anti-hero/villains are way better the good guys. There's just something about the depraved ones, the less morals, the better!Think of having Damon Salvatore times two and one is without a conscience! :DWarning for the easily squicked: There is rape, brief mention of sexual abuse, incest overtones -no actual incest happens on page and blood play. Oh and the bloody warning in the blurb isn't an exaggeration. This book has tons of blood and gore.Twins Thierry and Olivier were human identical twins in Carcassonne, France in 1390. Sons of a mean butcher with a secretive little sister, the brothers were used to a harsh and abusive live. But Thierry had a secret lover named Etienne that he hid from his twin...even though the twins have a psychic bond. Thierry hid his lover well...or so he thought. Olivier is changed into a vampire by accident by an obsessed vampire, mistaken for Theirry. But once Olivier learns of his brother's lover and that Olivier is not number one in Thierry's life, let's just say it gets bloody.The story spans from 1390 France to 1792 Saxony until present day Australia. during this time the twins cause mayhem and havoc. But Thierry was always the softer of the two, looking for a love to claim for his own. He's charged to keep an eye on his brother but not a leash.The trouble they cause. Whew boy! That incest line is never crossed between the brothers so if twincest isn't your thing, have no fear. (I'm still pouting about it)Thierry is the damaged protagonist who misses his dead love Etienne so much. And he gets to meets his reincarnated love more than once in his very long undead vampire life...but Olivier. Oh Olivier is the debauched vampire hostess with the most-est.Dayum...depraved, vile, revolting, murderer, wicked...delicious.Olivier is a sociopath with a sick obsession for his twin. He lets nothing come in the way of having his brother in his life. And we're talking some sick shit, to be honest. Two thumbs for Olivier. I'm sure Thierry will garner sympathy but Olivier is alright with me. Finally, vampires that enjoy being a vampire. No whiny 'I want to be a human' or 'I'm drinking animal's blood to prove I'm tame and lame'.There are issues such as the parts where it didn't fully drag but had a lull of sorts. It was not a lot of times but I felt some filler could have been dropped. Another issue is not enough description into what happened with the brothers when their relationship strained during the years. There was a period briefly mentioned where they were separated. Why? What happened? Olivier is the sick, obsessive type to not be separated from his brother without good reason for so long. also for all the centuries between them and the annoyance Thierry felt for his brother...why was he so unmotivated to pull away? He might have been the timid brother, the lover, the dreamer and romantic but he came off so resigned. And then Olivier lacks morals and is psychotic...why didn't he take what he really wanted from Thierry? And what is the purpose of the magic and the twin bond?You see the plot lines are laced into the appropriate holes (it's why it's getting 4 Hearts from me) but it's not fully tightened. This author has room to grow. This book I enjoyed with the love of a good story. I'll ignore technical things if the story is good.And it's good.If the author plans to continue with more from this world, a little more description into a vampire's full extent of powers, a little more development of the important bonds between characters and (me being greedy) maybe a a little bro-on-bro action? Yes? No? It's alright. Get back to me. ;PThe story ends with a HEA but there are unresolved questions - Aurelia? Oberon? The Duke? This magic cycle?Recommended for vampire lovers. Not the fans of the glitter-in-the-sun-woe-is-me vampires, I talking about the ones the enjoy a vampire that revels in being a bloodsucker.I'm a proud fangbanger and I definitely will be reading more from this author.A copy provided for an honest review.

  • Kazza
    2019-02-09 14:33

    Beckoning Blood grabbed my attention when I saw that cover, and once I read the official blurb I was intrigued. Could it be that I had found what I had been craving over the past month? A rare darker MM paranormal? Yes. Hallelujah! I did.When the reader first meets twins Thierry and Olivier d'Arjou it is in Carcassonne, France, 1390. Their father is brutal and their sister, though younger, has assumed a maternal figure for them. They are identical but one thing is for certain, Olivier is the one most affected by his father's brutality, and as the read progresses you learn more. He also harbours affections for his twin that run much deeper than brotherly affection. That run much deeper than his hatred for his father - and that runs very deep. One night in the woods outside Carcassonne, Olivier is spying on Thierry, who is off being intimate with Etienne de Balthas, when he is mistaken by a vampire for Thierry. The vampire has been watching Thierry in the woods for weeks and he wants him, only it is Olivier he takes and turns. Olivier will not be immortal without his twin. He makes sure events occur so that Thierry is immortal with him, not from an altruistic standpoint. From this point there is a love-hate relationship between the twins. They have always had a bond, deeper than the oft discussed twin-bond, and it is complicated by the transformation to vampire.Beckoning Blood is well named as it is quite bloody. The vampires are very much seductive, dangerous beings and this book definitely has graphic violence accompanying some psychological... games. Olivier is nothing if not a psychopathic cat after a mouse, only with humans as his quarry. During one of his games he is particularly brutal with a father and son. But there are repercussions that follow you, immortal or not...If you like the following - The theme of brotherly love running deep, in this case at an immensely possessive and obsessive level.He sensed his brother's eyes on his back, that questioning gaze sliding up and down the gore and sweat on his skin. And the he felt that...probing inside him. Not a gentle touch around the edges, rather the full hammering of Olivier's need to know what was going on inside his brother's mind. Darker paranormal reading - They chewed through heart and liver, stomach and spleen, sucked on brains and lungs. They covered themselves with gore and blood until there was nothing left but bones. Exposed to the air, they soon turned to powder. Whatever power had resided in their dark father was now in them, or vanished on the wind.They sat back and looked at each other, covered with blood like painted warriors of Gaul. He held (him) over the edge of the window and let go. He listened. The sound of cracking bones and wet flesh hitting stone thrilled him, and the sensation mixed with the fresh blood he swallowed.Themes of a soul being reborn throughout the ages that you would just know, whether that be good or bad.Vampires and witches and a touch of magic as well - although the magic will possibly be further developed in the next book (I am guessing)A bit of a saga with good, solid, engaging writing over a period that covers 1390 France, 1792 Saxony, and modern day Perth, AustraliaLooking for something that will carry on, because while this is a satisfying end it is left open for a following novel.One thing I have to say is, at times, I got a Louis and Lestat vibe from the twinsIf any of that appeals, then definitely read Beckoning Blood because it is bloody good reading from this first time published author.More detailed review with some spoilers at

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
    2019-01-30 15:18

    3.75 StarsYou know how some books grab you right away and you're invested in the story/characters? That didn't happen for me here. It screamed Vampire Diaries fanfic. Not hatin'. I like Damon and Stefan myself, but the whole good brother vs. bad brother, how they become vampires, the time jumps, the lost love that returns all struck me as a regurgitation of the show. Aside from these brothers being twins, French and gay/bisexual. It's told in three parts the first two of which I meandered through. Part three picked up momentum and ensnared me then left me high and dry on that cliff face. We first meet Thierry and Olivier in Carcassonne, France in 1390 and it quickly becomes clear they are competitive and have an unhealthy relationship. They also have an abusive father and a sister who play pivotal roles throughout the story. Thierry is keeping Etienne, his lover, a secret, but it's a small town and Olivier is a bit obsessive. Then… Someone does something bad.Fast forward to 1792 and we have Regency era vampire twins at a country estate in Neulehn, Saxony. We get up close and personal with Olivier's diabolical side. Etienne returns in the form of Reiner, again Thierry is secreting him away and again… something bad happens.Naturally.Fast forward to present day Perth and we catch up to the twins seemingly reconciled, feasting regularly and whipping the crowd into a frenzy on a dais in a club. A new player in the game is introduced, Oberon, who proves to be an interesting piece to the puzzle. Everything that started in part two carries over to part three and Etienne returns yet again in the form of Alex.The writing is good. The sex was medium hot. The characters can be overly dramatic and they are cast from the same mold as Damon and Stefan. But I liked how the story was woven together, how these characters' powers evolved and especially how it gained traction as it went along. The story is told from both Olivier's and Thierry's perspectives, but I think the sister, Aurelia, is the puppet master of this show. I'd love to have her perspective in the next installment which I'll be reading.Vampire Diaries fans or fans of amoral vampires will enjoy this.A copy was provided through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Peter Millane
    2019-02-10 13:42

    ~This review originally appeared on a long time fan of the Paranormal Fantasy genre, i'm used to gay characters and sex scenes in my books. It may surprise you to know that i've never actually read a book that was based entirely around a M/M romance. It is time to change that, so lets dig into Beckoning Blood and see what i've been missing.Trigger warning: This book contains some graphic scenes that may be triggering if you are sensitive to sexual violence. I'm going to try very hard not to spoil too much of the plot, because it unfolds so beautifully and it would be a crime to deprive you of the discoveries as they happen.ReviewWhere do I begin with this absolute gem?Daniel De Lorne has crafted such painfully flawed protagonists in Thierry and Olivier. Identical twin brothers living in Carcassone, France around 1390, working in a family abattoir under the heavy handed rule of their father Henri. The twins share a unique bond, through which emotions and thought can flow."Thierry was nearer to his lover than Olivier expected, and with each passing moment Thierry's desire bubbled up like thick molasses, coating his insides and dragging him down.Olivier stumbled, the gravel crunching beneath his feet, and his knee hit the ground. He hadn't felt anything like this before, not from Thierry."The CharactersOlivier is the more aggressive and extroverted of the pair, always charming the ladies and often the men, but this also means he bears the brunt of their horrible father's violent outbursts. Olivier would do anything for his brother Thierry, as he loves him more deeply than perhaps brothers should love one another.Thierry is the softer soul, always hanging back behind his brother, always hyperaware of the effect Olivier has on those around him. Of the two, his connection through the bond is much stronger with him being able to see things through his brother's eyes. Thierry however has a secret, he is in love with a childhood friend by the name of Etienne, and he tries desperately to hide the relationship from Olivier knowing just how violent his jealousy can turn.An older vampire attacks Olivier and turns him, and of course Olivier wants his brother to share the gift of eternal life. As he hunts for his brother he discovers the hidden relationship with Etienne and kills the man before turning his brother.This unfortunate set of events is only the beginning of a twisted tale through time as the immortal brothers travel the world, feasting on the blood of so many along the way. 400 years later, Theirry is introduced to a young man by the name of Rainer, who feels eerily familiar to him almost instantly. Could this be his long lost love Etienne's soul reborn?"He fell into the lyrical french that flowed from Reiner's mouth. Chords vibrated throughout his body. His scalp tingled from awakening memories.They dragged him back to a time, centuries ago, when he was mortal, and making love to a mortal man in the forest around Carcassonne. And mortal eyes looked on him with love.These eyes.Out of Reiner's eyes, Etienne looked at him, called to him, wanted him."I was talking to a friend about this book and the only way I could describe the writing style is "smooth". The words just flow along the page, I found I required very little rereading of lines which often happens to me in poorly written books. As it moves through different time periods, the language feels appropriate throughout.Being a paranormal romance, there are quite a number of sex scenes, and often they involve violence to some degree. Even here I found the language use wonderful, it was highly descriptive, and yet never felt tacky (there are no nicknames for organs here thankfully!). The imagery of Theirry and his lovers is vivid and intense, while scenes with Olivier as he riles up a crowd on a dance-floor slowly build tension in just the right way.Final thoughtsI would highly recommend buying Beckoning Blood, and I find it hard to believe that this is Daniel De Lorne's debut novel. It is so wonderfully polished and a pleasure to read I will be keeping an eye out for his future releases. I went into Beckoning Blood thinking it was a standalone novel, but it ends with a clear lead in to another book which has me excited for the follow up.

  • Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
    2019-01-18 13:39

    3 1/2 starsTwin vampire brothers. Yes, I had an image in my head. Probably because this book does feel like a Vampire Diaries fan fic.Many times I was yelling at my kindle "TEASE!!!! Why won't you give me the brother love!!!!"I never really warmed to Thierry. He was right there next to his brother, participating in the same things...yet Olivier is the one painted as a monster.I don't think Thierry is any more moral than Olivier.I loved Olivier. He loved his brother a little to much...and maybe he went off the rails a bit, but he did love him. I want more Olivier. Sorry, but I though Thierry was a little dull.I'm glad Thierry got a hea....But now all I care about is an Olivier demented but hea.

  • Bookbeauty
    2019-01-18 14:39

    *** I have received an ARC via NetGalley ***This is a true gem for any paranormal book fan and I certainly did not expect such a wonderfully dark, twisted and bloody (yes, it does get pretty detailed, like the cover suggests) story to be published by Harlequin (okay, it's by Escape Publishing, but they are uder Harlequin).I thought that this would be a fluffy vampire romance - but no.It is so much more."Beckoning Blood" is the tale of two brothers, twins, who are as different as ying and yang.Thierry is, despite their brutal upbringing, still caring and compassionate but his twin Olivier is borderline insane and unhealthily obsessed with Thierry.The brothers share a special bond as twins and are never really "apart", therefore Olivier tries to keep his brother for himself and his jealousy ends with a desaster.Some reviewers compared this to Anne Rice's vampire stories but no, sorry.I think "Beckoning Blood" plays in another league, the writing is so much better and engaging than Mrs. Rice's (sorry, but true... never understood the hype).I won't spoiler you (except, READ IT!!!) except, that I felt that the ending (not a cliffhanger but still not final) was a bit rushed.It is a compelling story, not for the faint of heart, but something unique among the "usual" vampire stories.The fact that this is a m/m story made this book even better for me ;)

  • Margo - this job thing really screws up my ability to read/review
    2019-01-24 14:17

    Book ScorecardOverall - 4 starsA vampire novel they way they should be written. No useless whining or longing to be human. They revel in lakes of blood, and play with humans like the toys they view them to be.Fantasy World - 3 starsThe story moves quickly through the centuries. Nothing pulled me out of the story, but I really wanted more details of their various locations.Tingle - 5 starsFrom clandestine assignations in the woods to sultry nights in dance clubs, the sex ranges from tender to animal lust. Fabulous man on man action.Characters - 4 starsGood/evil twins alternate between battling others and each other. They're delicious. Other characters get shortchanged though.Story - 4 starsAlternates between each twin's point of view – sometimes confusing. Ending is happy for now, but it's certainly not the end of their story.Summary Yet another book where the marketing blurb doesn't do it justice. The heart of “Beckoning Blood” by Daniel de Lorne is the struggle between the twins. Thierry wants to get away from his twin and finds love in the arms of another. Olivier cares only for his twin, and wants his love returned. They are both shaped by a brutal father, and the horrific conditions into which they are born. Incestuous undertones abound as do mind games and blood. This is a vampire book you can sink your fangs into.There are a few places in which “Beckoning Blood” falls short. The storyline of the twins' sister is awkward and unexplained. She randomly appears and interrupts the action. There are hints more will be explained in future installments, and that the twins are just the tip of the iceberg. That's a good thing because if there is one thing I want, it's more of their story. The next book is an automatic one click for me.Favorite Quote"He recalled nights of sex, blood and exquisite pain to make himself hard. Fortunately, he had plenty to choose from."  *Copy provided free by publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.For access to all links in this review, please visit http://redlightfictiondistrict.blogsp...Love stories which include menage sex or relationships? Come join me at the Menage Readers Group on Goodreads!

  • Johanna
    2019-02-09 16:39

    I can't say that I really enjoyed this book. The one thing that I liked about it was the idea, the story. Gay twin brothers who're turned into vampires and have this strange telepathic connection and this love-and-hate relationship, wow! This could have been one epic book. But it wasn't.That was partly due because of the bad writing. The sentences were plain and simple and I couldn't get into the plot at all, not at one point. They were just words on a page but not a story coming to life. I would have enjoyed the gory bits if there had actually been a creepy atmosphere. But as it was, they felt more ridiculous than anything else.Another reason is the characterization. The characters, even our main twin heroes, stay completely flat. There isn't anything compelling or likeable about them. Thierry is supposed to be the caring one of the brothers. But he's self-centered, naive and ignorant. I actually despised him more than I did Olivier. At least, he wasn't lying to himself or anyone at all. I would have loved if the author had decided to explore the forbidden attraction between the brothers more in depth.The author chose some pretty interesting places for the story, like Carcassonne or the 18th century Germany. But I couldn't feel them either. There was nothing especially French or German about them. Even the names weren't exactly authentic. And I would know... being German myself. Another great chance missed.So, I'm giving the book two stars for the great idea which, I feel, is already pretty generous. But overall reading it felt more like a waste of time than a lot of fun.

  • Veronica
    2019-02-17 13:33

    #DNF Two twins, one (Oliver) turns the other in a possessive rage because (Thierry) got a lover. They both spend years together luxuriating in blood and pleasure. Until Thierry finds his dead lover reincarnated. First of all, on the first page, they were slaughtering pigs. That should have given me enough of a hint that this book was trash. The characters had no substance and while the twins were 'supposed' BAMFs they really weren't. The only time they did anything noteworthy was while they killed innocents. Honestly, they were wimpy... they couldn't stand up to their very old and drunk father when they were young and strong. Nor while they were new vampires. The way the twins try to fight each other is sad and pathetic in a way. They can't stand up to their little sister who doesn't do anything even tho she has the power. Overall Beckoning Blood was unsatisfactory. I am all for dark, broody, violent, sexy vampire twins however, this novel's portrayal of the plot, that had such great potential, was horrible.

  • Book Chatter-Cath
    2019-02-04 15:20

    Beckoning Blood starts off with some of the grittiest, gory scenes I’ve read in quite some time and I really loved it. Dark, dangerous and dirty; twins Thierry and Olivier know how to fight, how to keep secrets, and how to avoid their murderous father. Each with desires that could see them dead, living in a world full of fear and destruction, this paranormally linked pair struggle to stay alive in the squalor of 1390’s Carcassonne.Really great writing and a story that gripped me from the start, Beckoning Blood was intriguing and mysterious and wrapped in all the sultry tones of an M/M romance full of twists and turns. Beckoning Blood covers different moments in time and places and I found myself really enjoying this raw, no-holds-barred story.There were however, a couple of moments when the story became a little stilted and I found myself tempted to skim a few pages, but it would soon pick up again and I’d be thrust amongst another tremulous situation of treachery and jealousy.Beckoning Blood is a centuries old roller coaster ride that spans the globe, full of debauchery, love, mystery and intrigue and I really enjoyed its rough and somewhat risqué story. I’ll happily read further books in this series - 4 Stars.

  • Sandy S
    2019-01-26 12:47

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 2014A gripping, blood‐drenched saga about twin brothers, the men they love, and the enduring truth that true love never dies — no matter how many times you kill it.Thierry d’Arjou has but one escape from the daily misery of his work at a medieval abattoir — Etienne de Balthas. But keeping their love a secret triggers a bloody chain of events that condemns Thierry to a monstrous immortality. Thierry quickly learns that to survive his timeless exile, he must hide his sensitive heart from the man who both eases and ensures his loneliness...his twin brother.Shaped by the fists of a brutal father, Olivier d’Arjou cares for only two things: his own pleasure and his twin. But their sadistic path through centuries is littered with old rivals and new foes, and Olivier must fight for what is rightfully his – Thierry, made immortal just for him.~~~~~~~~~~REVIEW: 4.75 starsBECKONING BLOOD is the first instalment for first time author Daniel de Lorne’s new paranormal, adult, vampire series focusing on twin brothers Theirry and Olivier d’Arjou. The storyline spans over six hundred years-from 1390 to present day-following the brothers’s transformation to vampires and lethal killers. Beckoning Blood is a story of love, hatred, blood lust and sibling rivalry. This is not your sparkly vampire novel-this is a novel of betrayal and revenge between two brothers and a series of enemies they have made along the way. NOTE: Beckoning Blood is a M/M storyline with graphic depictions of same sex scenarios, obsession and bloody violence. The focus of the storyline is the relationship between twin brothers Thierry and Olivier d’Arjou. Growing up in a violent and abusive household the brothers are turned one fateful night that saw Thierry’s lover murdered and the brothers on the run. The storyline fast forwards in several spots, skipping hundreds of years at a time but what happens in the ensuing years is revealed when necessary to the plot and story. As Thierry continues to mourn the loss of his soul mate Etienne, Olivier’s thirst for blood and revenge are the building blocks of a violent history between two brothers who are searching for love and acceptance-Thierry’s search for his long dead lover in every soul that he meets and Olivier’s obsession and love for Thierry. With over six hundred years of history, the brothers have made many enemies and will soon discover they are not the only immortal beings with a thirst for revenge.The relationship between Thierry and Olivier is volatile, necessary and emotional. They are tied to one another’s psyche through bloodline, power and pain. The twins are the epitome of good and evil; black and white; yin and yang. Years and centuries would separate the brothers but they are pulled to one another in an emotional tale of jealousy, love and family ties. When it finally looks like Thierry will be free of Olivier’s psychotic and painful deception, fate will step in when it is learned that Olivier is needed for a higher purpose. It is Olivier’s never ending love and need for Thierry that fuels his crazed and murderous jealous rages.The secondary characters are numerous, colorful and play a continuous role throughout the storyline in various incarnations and sources of threats. The brothers will face their mortality on more than one occasion but there is always someone or something watching and waiting to step in and save the day. Told from third person close point of view BECKONING BLOOD is a well written, evenly paced, original storyline of suspense and horror about a love between two brothers that is violent, graphic and not without some questionable moral ethics. There are no apologies for the death and destruction reaped by the brothers-they are, after all, predators and humans are their prey. But Thierry does have a conscience-one born of love-that pits the brothers against one another in an enduring battle of right and wrong throughout the years.Daniel de Lorne has written a seductively dark and dangerous storyline where the fine line between love and hate is only a matter of blood. The world building spans centuries and countries; family and friends; death and rebirth. BECKONING BLOOD is astonishing in its’ violence; dramatic in its’ presentation; passionate in its’ love. Copy supplied by the author through

  • Kristen Burns
    2019-02-09 16:34

    5 StarsFull Review:Ok, everyone get comfy because I am about to RAVE over this amazing book!If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I rarely give 5 stars. But THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD!It finally sated my need for something dark because oh so deliciously dark it was. It was rich and deep and really pulled me in with no hope of return until I was done.It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea though. In fact, it won’t be anyone’s cup of tea because it wasn’t a cup of tea at all. It was like a stein of blood. Thick, silky, delicious blood. (I’ve never used the word stein before in my life, but it seemed fitting. I’ve also never drank blood, but that’s just what reading vampire books will do to you.)Alright then, now that you’re sufficiently freaked out and questioning my sanity (or maybe just my choice in beverages), I should probably get on with some real reviewing.I’ll start with the writing style because OHMYGOODNESS. I WAS SO IN LOVE. I am such a fan of beautiful writing, and it was, indeed, so beautiful! Take this quote for example:He took his hand and something sparked in the handshake. It coursed up his arm and fluttered in his chest. He gritted his teeth as he tried to keep his face smooth, pleasant, while lightning struck his heart. Reiner looked straight into his eyes, and when Thierry returned his intense gaze, he was bewildered as to where and when he was.And this one:Olivier throbbed in his veins. Not feeding put Reiner at risk. [Thierry’s] own hunger mixed with Olivier’s madness meant Reiner’s throat would be too alluring for the wrong reasons. A descent into the wilderness would help dispel some of it; the blood would drown the rest.For a while near the beginning I couldn’t even stay focused because I kept stopping to freak out about how much I loved it. I realize that’s weird, but that’s pretty much the number one sign that I LOVE a book.Then there was the settings. I don’t generally care for historical settings, but somehow Daniel de Lorne made them fascinating and pulled me so deep into the feelings of the times and places that I was there. But there was never too much description; it was somehow just an inherent part of the story itself.Obviously I also loved the vampire-y goodness, as I like to call it. This was definitely a “blood-drenched saga,” as the blurb suggests.There was also the characters, characters so filled with depth and emotion that UGH YES, JUST YES. (I make no apologies for my lack of coherent sentences.) There was the twisted, obsessive love that Olivier felt, the jealousy anytime Thierry felt anything for another man, and the pain every time Thierry left him, didn’t stand up for him, etc. Then there was the love that Thierry felt for Etienne, (view spoiler)[the pain he felt every time he lost Etienne or one of his reincarnations, (hide spoiler)] the combination of hatred and attachment he felt for Olivier, and the self-loathing at the monster he’d become. Plus, the twins’ connection, the way it worked, how they could feel each others’ emotions and pain, made everything deeper, more heart-wrenching, and more fascinating.I do want to add though, before wrapping this up, a trigger warning for sexual assault/rape as there’s one scene with nonconsensual sex.So, an entire novel-length review later, I’ll just say Beckoning Blood was an incredibly beautifully written love story that I recommend to anyone looking for something to pull you away into a dark and blood-drenched world!Recommended For:M/M paranormal romance readers who like vampires, beautiful writing, dark novels, and want more of a love story than a romance.Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight

  • Elisabeth Staab
    2019-01-27 17:32

    Beckoning Blood was a twisted, stormy, pitch-black ride that spans centuries–starting in France in the 1300′s and going forward to modern-day Australia. It reminded me in many ways of the television shows Oz and Spartacus, or Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinner’s series – not so much the subject matter since the aforementioned have no vampires - as the way it was told, the way the characters consistently crossed the blurred lines of good and evil (or moral and immoral), and just when you thought someone was about to make positive strides, either they took a turn for the worse or their hopes were ripped away–violently. I found the subject matter of Beckoning Blood to be equally gripping and brutal. And equally fascinating. ;)The relationship between the two twins, Thierry and Olivier, seems at best co-dependent, and at worst something abusive. Olivier is seductive, sadistic, and murderous in his jealousy toward anybody who takes his twin brother’s attention away from him. He outwardly rebels against the savage man who raised them and will in fact kill anyone who reminds him of their father, but inside he seems to have become exactly the same kind of man, and revels in the fact:“He recalled nights of sex, blood and exquisite pain to make himself hard. Fortunately, he had plenty to choose from.”Thierry on the other hand seems to struggle between morality and his base needs as a man and the beast he’s become. He starts the book a man in love, and that love allows him an escape from the brutality of living with his father and working all day in a slaughterhouse. Soon, everything gets ripped away, and all he has left is Olivier.If you love your fiction dark, bloody, and breathtaking, you will love this book. And it does, for one brother at least, have a hopeful ending. If you’re a reader with trigger issues, I would proceed with caution. As an assault survivor I found Olivier’s acts of sexual violence, while befitting the character, were described in graphic enough detail to make for painful reading. Still, overall, a captivating experience.

  • Georgina Penney
    2019-02-13 16:43

    Compelling would be the word for this debut from Daniel de Lorne. This had everything in it that I love from a damn good vampire tale. Mr de Lorne's writing style has just enough emotion in it to drag a reader in and clips along at a pace that keeps you turning the page. There's gore, pathos, hot sex and humor... pretty much everything you need to while away a sneaky afternoon reading.Frankly, it's like he's taken all the elements that work in vampire fiction and has thrown away the rest. Love it. And my gawd can he build tension between characters. The fracture/conflicted/brilliantly messy relationship between Thierry and Olivier constantly had me on the edge of my seat.And Thierry and Etienne... okay I'm running into my whole "Don't give the plot away because that's half the fun of reading" thing but let's just say the "love" triangle in this story is brilliantly done.And the way the book handles the passing of time and mortality... fantastic. I genuinely thought I was over Vampire stories but this is something very special. Do give it a go. I'll definitely be auto-buying Mr de Lorne's next.

  • Sammyd
    2019-02-01 14:45

    brilliant brilliant story!!!!!!!!!!!olivier olivier olivier..... i fell so so sorry for him but he was so horrible to his brother...what a fantastic story as we follow the brothers through the centuries killing fucking and gore everywhere they went.. thierry still trying to find his love and what a brilliant ending cant wait for book two.... dont want to say to much but book 2 will be brilliant!!!!!!

  • Lila
    2019-01-26 12:46

    2,5 starsAmbitious take on most romanticized monster in fiction by debut author. :)Well, to call it a story about vampires wouldn't be exactly accurate, since story is more focused on sick obsession one twin has with his brother- in fact, every thing that happened in this book can be tracked to this. Possible triggers: Ok, I think this is a good place to write one thing I was wondering when I was musing should I buy this book: does this book feature twincest or not? When I read the blurb for the first time, it gave off that vibe and I am not fan, so I went reading reviews to get a straight answer. The book does not feature twincest. Olivier is crazy-obssesed with his brother but it's not only sexual..he wants to have all of him for himself. It has some sexual overtones due to his all-consuming obsession. It also has one noncon sex scene.(view spoiler)[But not between twins, just to be clear. (hide spoiler)]Some things I liked about this book, some not so much.Stuff I liked:1) Well, this story spans over centuries. It's divided into 3 parts: with first happening in France during XIV century; second part is XVIII century Germany and third part is present time Australia. I think, that when you write immortal creature it gives you a great opportunity to play with timeline and write different setting. I love when authors use that. :)2)I liked that vampires written here were written to be truly dangerous. They are monsters with thirst for blood and they don't hesitate to kill. I don't like when vampires are written like human with fangs and different diet- I always love to see when bite change something fundamental in a person that makes him/her less human. And that was achieved here... even a good twin (and I use good here in a very broad sense) was a monster.3)Plot driven story - Author tells an interesting story, and this was one full of twists and surprises.4)Premise of sick obsession- This can be really great plot device. It's extremely passionate motivation that can give birth to some really intense scenes; scenes tied to high stakes. The fact it's an obsession Olivier has with his twin brother? Well, you have one sick puppy right there and you just know he will wreck havoc.Stuff I didn't like:1)What I loved about vampires was unfortunately deluded with vague , confusing and somewhat messily explanation of entire process and rules of their functioning. So, these vampires need blood to survive, but apparently can eat some food, it's just tasteless to them.They have no issues with sunlight, the way to kill them is also not explained completely. They can go without blood for some time, but it makes them... sick? That seems kind of organic process to me, but then it was also mentioned that Olivier is feeding on attention, that it makes him stronger...which alludes to magical process...? And why only one of them? I honestly don't know. Like I said, I have no idea what kind of vampires they are, because it seems that author added these little details later or he wrote it like he presumed we already know how it works. Same thing can be applied to their sister and her power. 2)Characterization - I never really grew on Thierry. He was supposed to be the guy I should root for and yet I found Olivier and his manic, cartoonish evilness immensely more fun. Thierry was just so bland and apathetic for majority of novel... He simply wasn't interested. (view spoiler)[600 y he suffered because of his bond with his twin brother and he only came around to asking his sister to remove it at the end?! I am simply not buying it. (hide spoiler)]. Also his actions seem at times in direct conflict with his thoughts.. I never really grasped his feelings for his brother: I understood he always hated him, yet he did many things for Olivier voluntarily. 3)Telling, not showing. Ok, this is an issue that can be overlooked because this is author's first novel, but I still think it's good to be mentioned. For example:"He rode his violent tendencies with a firm hand, each act of cruelty carefully meted out." Now, this is incredibly important thing about Olivier's character, but we didn't even get a chance to conclude it ourselves. We were just told it is. And this happened often in novel... Sometimes I have a feeling that debut authors are afraid readers are not going to understand what they are trying to achieve with their characters, so they overwrite it. It happened here as well.4)Time gaps - this is partially tied to previous problem, but I feel like we missed some important things in character development with skipping centuries between parts. Some scenes, some events were briefly mentioned and I felt like they were extremely important for relationship Thierry and Olivier have. 5)Cliffhanger ending. I saw that author is working on a sequel, so I guess we'll get conclusion. In terms of story, this has a lot of potential. It's an easy read you can read in one setting; it's fast-paced and there is no dull moment. The thing is that with the way this story is delivered and simplistic narration, it actually lacks suspense and I think that would make this book much better read. :) ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Love Bytes Reviews
    2019-01-27 16:28

    4 star review by RobertaWow, this book was different than I thought it be and I’m glad that I had the chance to read it.Thierry d’Arjou and Olivier d’Arjou are twin brothers who were raised under the fists of their tyrannical father. They had each other as well as their little sister. They have the bond a twin bond that allows them to feel what the other is feeling. It keeps them connected. That’s both good and bad. To have someone who knows you inside and out is something that we all want and yet, there are also some things that you want to keep just to yourself. Thierry learns this the hard way.Thierry is in love with this guy Etienne. Etienne is the love of his life and he’d do ANYTHING to keep him by his side. Etienne feels the same way. Their love is binding and everlasting. The issue that keeps arriving is Olivier. Olivier is OBSESSED with his brother. The love he feels for him is not brotherly at all. Olivier wants to be the only one that Thierry wants and needs and he’ll do and say ANYTHING to keep Thierry by his side. The relationship that the twins share is just beyond cruel. The relationship between them is ying and yang. Good and Evil. Thierry really just wants to be free of Olivier and he can’t seem to shake him no matter what. I will say that even though Olivier was this horrible character, I felt bad for him. There is just so much bent and shredded inside him and the way that he was raised by their father surely didn’t help him any, but he makes my heart hurt. I want him to be better. I want more for him and from him.I really liked that this story expanded over 600 years. You got to see the twins got from human to vampire and all their adventures in between. The hate and envy that Oliver has anyone who takes Thierry’s attention from him is beyond crazy. Olivier’s lack of morals and is ability to just delve and enjoy the darkness that has always been in his soul is hard to bear. Thierry carries himself with a modicum of dignity that you wouldn’t believe. He hate what he’s become in the way that he’s not bothered by anything. Yet, Thierry’s true desire is Etienne. He just wants the love of his life back in his arms. He’s tired of his brother and the life that they lead.There was a fair amount of sex in this book. Mostly M/M, yet there was a tiny bit of M/F. The intimate scenes between Thierry and Etienne were always filled with such emotion and tenderness. You felt the love between them. For Olivier, it wasn’t ever anything but scratching an itch. No emotion behind it unless it was about feeding or revenge. The difference again between the twins is shown via their relationships with others.This book was fast paced, gritty and thrilling. You get sucked into the story and you don’t want it to end. I will say that there was action and suspense flooded during this story. I will say that I felt like Thierry at the end of the story finding out that Olivier was important and he’s not allowed to be free of him forever, burned my biscuits. I find myself hoping for another book in order to find out why Olivier is important. Why Thierry isn’t free of his brother. I want to know who is pulling the strings on the other side. The ending left me with more questions and didn’t end cleanly for me and my curious mind won’t allow me to be done with this story until I have all of the information. Good Job, Mr de Lorne, you’ve captivated my imagination and my interest and now I’m awaiting your next book in this series.A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. Please visit to see this and many more reviews, author interviews, guestposts and giveaways!

  • Les Chroniques Aléatoires
    2019-02-15 15:38

    What to say about this Harlequin? Not so much, except that it's somewhere cooled me. I expected the extra one and I had only disappointment.The novel tells us the story of twins brothers, Thierry and Olivier d' Arjou, for which the love of the one will destroy the happiness of the other.For the moment, I found that interesting to follow a similar story, except that at one moment I got lost because the story lost some of his charms, when we advanced in the account. Let's speak about the protagonists: the Arjou twins. The principal story turns around them, but mainly around Thierry. And sincerely, the misdeeds of his brother are much more interesting than him. He is too flat like character, and especially we doesn't feel him live the situation fully. Ok, he doesn't like his bro after what occurred, but he still… too flat. Their link is not sharp enough, intense. Olivier was much more interesting to follow than him, moreover he is almost not exploited. However, he nevertheless plays a significant role in all the book. We see him appearing once on two. Then, there is the inexistence of the females characters. I agree that it's a M/M (if it's not that, what is it then?), but nevertheless the women are ousted, they are too little in my opinion… Good there is at least a woman who had some importance, and it's the twins's sister, Aurelia. She helps a lot in the pseudo reconciliation between the brothers. Except for it, there are almost no women. Suspect… The malicious ones, I don't know if there is really a "bad guy" strictly speaking, because finally Olivier became a vampire thanks to a Blood hunter. Who are they? Well… We know nothing about them… Enemy or friend? This is the question... Morever, in the level action, still it's as flat than Thierry's character. Even the battle known as "the finale" was punt and without emotions. I don't know what, but it misses something important in order to appreciate this book completely. However… it's not really to throw either. Moreover, it made me think of Interview with the Vampire, classless, but the way in which that is presented to me, made me think about this book (I reassure you, there are no resemblance, it's only my impression lol). Besides, there are no more to say. If you like the lovestories with some action and little nice stories (approximately a good Harlequin), I recomend it but if it's not your style, go your way on.

  • Jenre
    2019-02-04 16:24

    I love dark novels but this one didn't work too well for me. The plot was disjointed with the characters jumping from one situation to another with little to connect what was happening on the page. There was no explanation as to what was happening and why. Characters such as Oberon the witch seemed to be important and then nothing came of it. Another character appeared out of nowhere and attacked the main characters but we never really know why or where he came from or how he managed to be alive after 200 years. The fantasy world building relies on the reader accepting that some people have magical powers but doesn't provide any reasoning behind it. Magic is used as an excuse to create tension but it seemed merely a devise and wasn't explained properly. On top of that, the characterisation of the two main characters was flat. I couldn't connect to them and therefore found it difficult to care about their situation. It's a brave move on the part of the author to create two such monstrous main characters and try to make us like them. At times I did sympathise with Thierry and the feelings he has for his brother. It would have been a more interesting story if Thierry had liked his brother more as that would have allowed a push/pull dynamic between them. Instead Thierry either hates or feels nothing for his brother so I couldn't understand why he would stay with him. I considered giving up on the book several times but in the end stuck with it as I was interested to see where it go and I liked the structure of following the twins through time coupled with the idea of fated love. However, It didn't really go anywhere with a lot left hanging at the end for what seems to be a sequel - which I won't be reading. So in the end this was a two star read. It was 'ok', I finished the book but it's not particularly a book I would recommend.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-01-23 11:25

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsYou know those vampires that go to high school and won’t kill humans or those vampires drinking synthetic blood trying to mainstream? These are so not those vampires. These vampires want all of your blood and will take whatever organs they have time for as well, as their killings are visceral and bloody.The book is told from three points in time, 1390 France, 1792 France, and modern day Australia. The connection of the brothers is displayed first and that was one of the most intriguing aspects of the book. When Thierry goes to meet Etienne, we see and feel the scene through Olivier, as Olivier can feel their encounter as if it is happening to himself. It’s the fact that Thierry is in love with Etienne that drives Olivier to madness and a murderous rage. The scene, the connection, and the way it is told is clever and well done and goes a long way to setting up Olivier’s obsession with his twin.The story follows the brothers through the centuries and their actions are the story. While the connection between the two of them was certainly intriguing and we are privy to some other delightful details as they compare the flavors of the blood of their victims, the plot, world building, and some of the character development was not overly tight.Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.

  • Evamaria
    2019-02-08 19:32

    This is a story about real vampires. It is dark, bloody and sometimes brutal, but this is how it should be.However, I`ve mixed feelings about this story. The main reason is Thierry. I didn`t like him. He has this "poor me " attitude and is a hypocrite. He thinks his brother is a monster, but IMO he is not better than Olivier. I didn`t like Thierry in the beginning and at the end of the story I hated him wholeheartedly.I didn`t like Alex either. His sudden change of heart and that he accepted his fate at the end without any questions was somewhat unbelievable.Now to the evil twin. Maybe I`m odd, but I liked Olivier. Sure, he is evil, but he has accepted who and what he is and is unapologetic about his decisions. The one thing that he really craves, however, is the love of his brother and he is deeply hurt because of his unrequited feelings. Olivier`s character is far more interesting than Thierry`s.The writing style was sometimes a bit confusing, but the idea of the story was great, although I would`ve liked a different ending.I think there will be a sequel, but I don`t know, if I`ll read it. I`m not sure, if I can stand more of Thierry and I`m afraid I won`t like what probably will happen to Olivier.

  • Tj
    2019-01-27 11:47

    Interesting read. I don't know if I really liked it or not. I enjoyed the idea of the story. Towards the end I really started to finally get into the story. I'm not big on cliffhangers when I have no idea if there is going to be a sequel so that bothered me at the end. The story line was interesting and creative.The editing was bad, especially the first half of the book. It threw me out of the story at times so that isn't a good thing. The characters were flat. I couldn't get into them. The author really doesn't give you much to work with with them. I honestly didn't get a good idea of them which considering the story is all told from the twins POV is sad. They were flat, just more basic info with no...attachment. I really wanted to like the story but I just didn't really connect with it. I'm not sure I would bother with a sequel even though I'm curious.

  • Nicolette Hugo
    2019-01-17 12:35

    You know how good it is to read something unexpectedly good? There is a secret little reader thrill that goes with that :)I didn't know too much about the book other than I had been told it was dark. It is dark, not overly, just enough. But what I really liked about it was it reminded me a bot of classical Anne Rice without copying her at all. It is emphatically it's own story.Maybe Oliver is a villain but I found him tragically broken and wanted him to be redeemed.I didn't know how it was going to end. I knew how I wanted it to end but the author kept me hanging to the end. So well done. And there is a larger arc which opens the door for sequels. I will definitely be reading the next one.

  • Yi Lun
    2019-02-12 18:23

    2.5 ☆I only really got into this book around the 70% mark and almost gave up on it a few times. Sadly I just didn't connect with the characters, with the exception of Alex. I didn't really like Olivier but I liked him more than Thierry which is saying something. I couldn't understand where the 'obsessive behaviour' came from on Olivier's part and why it only manifested whenever his brother found Etienne/Reiner/Alex but didn't seem to care about him in any other situation. My main gripe with this was why Thierry just didn't leave Olivier. The world's a big place, if he finds you, move on. Why stay and hate him and the situation? I also didn't feel anything between Thierry and Etienne/Reiner, perhaps because the relationship was not fully explored.

  • Nicki Markus
    2019-02-01 14:28

    Beckoning Blood was an interesting read but one that left me with mixed feelings. I liked the idea of the story - something fresh and new I hadn't read before - and I enjoyed the first part; however, the second part left me with feelings of boredom creeping in. It felt rushed compared with the first half and didn't keep the same level of excitement, coming across as a little competitive.But I enjoyed the plot overall and found the characters intriguing and I would read on if the story is continued in a future release.A word of warning: this is an M/M story and contains graphic sex scenes and themes of incest, so it is not suitable for under 18s.I received this book as a free e-book ARC via NetGalley.

  • Tionne
    2019-02-08 13:33

    I have no idea how to rate this. There were parts I liked and parts I hated. The whole Etienne being reincarnated thing got annoying & I also couldn't stand Thierry. The only time he cared about his brother was when he was feeling whatever pain Oli was experiencing. I mean yes he's evil but he wasn't like that with him nor would he ever hurt him. The way how I see it he chose a guy over his own blood which is unacceptable no matter what. I really liked Olivier.......blame it on my love of all things twisted. I was also hoping for the whole twincest thing to happen but unfortunately it didn't :(

  • Jo Patchin
    2019-01-27 19:20

    Ummm...wowOh. My. Gosh. Okay... This book is most definitely not for the faint of heart, anyone looking for a sweet love story of any kind, or a week stomach.It is most definitely for those who are up for an adventure, never ending excitement, those who have a twisted need for blood and gore (like myself), and definitely for anyone wanting a story of a love that never dies. Literally.I am one more f the latter. I loved this book. I got so mad, I got sick to my stomach, I cried, and eventually wanted to jump for joy. There a enough people who told their version of this story so I won't do that. Just read it for your self.

  • Natasha Hurley-Walker
    2019-02-16 19:20

    I don't think I'm the target audience for this book as I never read romance, let alone m/m, which I lack the physical apparatus to fully understand. But my cousin wrote it so of course I read it :) I have no idea how to rate it because of my lack of context in this genre, but I enjoyed the settings and the characters seemed well-fleshed out (no pun intended) if a little single-minded. (I think my interests have changed over the last decade... if I lived for centuries I doubt they would stay fixed... But I'm not a vampire :) The prose is evocative and really well-paced (especially for a debut), and the story forms a good opening for more books.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-10 15:32

    I found this book to be really hard going. It wasn't the type of book I started and then couldn't put down until I finished.By the end of the book I really wasn't any further forward understanding the story or indeed why the brothers were turned in the first place.This was a new author to me and I love the chance to read something new but I am afraid to say I won't be reading further books in this series.