Series: Immortals After Dark #17, Dacians #2
Published by Valkyrie Press on February 28th 2017
FINAL DECISION: I loved this book which is funny, angsty in the Immortals After Dark fashion, and so intensely focused on the couple that I could forget that this is part of a series. Loved these two and their path to their HEA.
THE STORY: Prince Mirceo Daciano, a vampire from the semi-mythical Dacia, meets Caspion the Tracker, a demon. Mirceo wants to be more than friends with the demon, but instead settles for friendship until the two are dared to kiss by the three nymphs they had brought to their bed. The kiss opens up a whole new problem for the two. Caspion is determined to deny their attraction — especially because he knows what a fickle creature Mirceo is. The possibility that the two are fated mates thrills Mirceo but he has to convince Caspion to give him a chance.
OPINION: The romance between Caspion and Mirceo takes so many twists and turns and has as much drama as I expect from an Immortals After Dark book.
Mirceo starts the book looking to score with Caspion. He is charming and funny and irreverent. He drives Caspion crazy with his determination, his humor and his willingness to do anything to prove the two belong together. Mirceo, however, has his own troubles that he hides under his charming facade.
Caspion is darker and more troubled on the surface than Mirceo. As he begins the book, he is entirely resistant to the possibility of having a sexual relationship with Mirceo insisting that he is only interested in females — even though he is attracted to Mirceo from the beginning.
These two begin with friendship that bonds them (even though Mirceo wants more) and the two begin with very sexy encounters that draw them both into more emotional and deeper connections than either expects. This is the story of confounding expectations. The two are truly more together — both as friends and partners — than either expects.
I especially liked the intense focus on the relationship between these two. There is a nice dynamic of Mirceo being so open and insistent and Caspion being so resistant. When the two finally reach and accord, it really feels that the two have journeyed together, arguing and debating and considering.
I would have given this book 5 stars, but I thought the resolution of the story was a little rushed at the end.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is a m/m romance.
CONNECTED BOOKS: SHADOW’S SEDUCTION is the seventeenth book in the Immortals After Dark series and the second book in the sub-series The Dacians. This book is closest to a standalone as you will find in this series. It is completely possible to enjoy this book without reading other books or you can read the first in the Dacians SHADOW’S CLAIM. Of course, readers of the Immortals After Dark series
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.