I started this book with the sensation that I’d read it, or at least part of it, before, and that proved to be true. The further I got the more I knew I’d already read it, but I finished it anyway.
This is solidly in the urban fantasy/paranormal romance category, a vampire story with a few new spins but also relying on the much older man much younger women being brought into the paranormal world trope. So while some of the newest bits were interesting a lot of it was territory which has been well trod. The many hundreds of years distance between the protags is one of those things which can be really well done but often isn’t and here it’s…okay, but not fantastic. There are still many places where Giovanni just flat doesn’t act like someone with so much experience behind him, and I want more reason for him to fall for a 22 year old than she smells good and is clever. Then again someone could say the same for the 9th/10th doctor and Rose and that relationship worked for me. Go figure.
I do like the characters very much in the book, particularly some of the secondaries who are fabulous including a vampiric priest with a love of ugly Hawaiian shirts.
When it comes to the plot the book feels…unfinished and is the subject of my dissatisfaction. It’s just an introduction of a few threads of what has to be an arc running through the series. So while they make a little ground I have no idea where it’s really leading or why it matters beyond the smaller plot of introducing our couple and Gio’s family. (view spoiler) So in the end I don’t feel like the characters have really won anything.
I’m not sure if I’ll read the rest of the series. It’s tempting, but would have to be at the right price.