Father Esteve hires Xavi to trace the true owners of the gold found in the crypt of San Pedro-by-the-Wall, but it’s an old and tangled web. Someone has an undisclosed agenda, and a rising tide of anti-vampire reaction sweeps through Barcelona. It’s focused on Xavi and Andreas, which causes additional problems with the vampires of Renaissance. Then Xavi meets a handsome young man who isn’t all he seems, and that’s when things begin to get even more complicated…
Chris started creating stories not long after she mastered joined-up writing, somewhat to the bemusement of her parents and her English teachers. But she received plenty of encouragement. Her dad gave her an already old Everest typewriter when she was about ten, and it was probably the best gift she'd ever received – until the inventions of the home-computer and the worldwide web.
Chris's reading and writing interests range from historical, mystery, and paranormal, to science-fiction and fantasy, mostly in the male/male genre. She also writes male/female novels in the name of Chris Power. She refuses to be pigeon-holed and intends to uphold the long and honourable tradition of the Eccentric Brit to the best of her ability. In her spare time [hah!] she reads, embroiders, quilts and knits. In the past she has been a part-time and unpaid amateur archaeologist, and a 15th century re-enactor.
She currently lives in a small and ancient city in the south-west of the United Kingdom, sharing her usually chaotic home with an extended family, two large dogs, fancy mice, sundry goldfish and a young frilled dragon (Australian lizard) aka Trogdorina.
Yes, THIS is a damn good book! Right from the first word, I just knew I was going to LOVE this one. Unlike Book #2, Fool’s Rush was read by me in one go! I just couldn’t put it down, it was that enthralling kind that just makes you feel like if you even blink now, you are going to miss out on it! And oh boy! this book is NOT to be missed!
I wouldn’t summarise the story with this one, because I am sure my rant for specific book is going to be long enough. Also, the summary above is quite clear on the facts of this story.
Chris Quinton is a fantastic mystery writer! And she builds the plot of this book with her skill and most of all, her experience. When I read this book, I could see an image of a mature, professional novelist in every word that Quinton uses. She has smartly handled every element of this story and different layers to her admirable characters.
I feel the need to slap myself for even thinking of not continuing with this series after the second book, because after one reads Rush, he comes to know that reading the second book wasn’t really a waste of time. I dare not say that at all! I apologize for having doubted the author’s talents because she has a strategy here that plays well.
When I finished reading this book, I knew the real reasons why Book 2 had to be written. It makes sense to have that bridge and anyways, life can’t be always action-packed, even for the fictional characters – that brings a dimension of reality to them.
Xavi is a fool, I repeat that again, but a fool always learns his lessons at the right time. Xavi does too, and by the time the series comes to an end, he seems to have changed so much that I almost couldn’t tell he was the same selfish, desperate, greedy, arrogant bastard that I was introduced to in the first chapter. Of course, some things never change and thank God for that. I love Xavi for some of his flaws too.
Change isn’t only for Xavi, by the way. Circumstances change Andreas too. To state the facts, it is Xavi’s love that changes him and it is very beautiful when they finally engage in the act to be committed.
The secondary characters are worth-noting of course. Of them all, I simply loved Rico. He is a fun guy, who is also a great friend to Andreas. I missed him in Book #2, although he did make a short appearance there and just stole the show! Then there’s a new character in Book #3, pardon me for forgetting his name, but he is the new Warden of Renaissance as Andreas gives it up to solely concentrate on his Barcelona PD job. Oh God! He is just hawt! Well, at least Xavi thinks so, but well his looks and the way he behaves – even if it isn’t very pleasant – I can see why Xavi is turned on by him. I really wished to read more about him, but sadly he is not much on the forefront.
Simply put, this entire series is a perfect blend of intelligent plot, skillful writing and lovable characters!
Sadly, as I am reading the last page of this third book in the Fools Odyssey series and although I loved it, I am horrified to think that this is the last time I will see Andreas and Xavier. I groan, muttering, Ms. Quinton, “there is so much more we can have in this series to read about". Just when we really are getting "in the groove" there will be no more? Do I sound like a big baby? Well wah! Sorry, I needed to vent. Now on to the regularly scheduled review.
We met Xavier Escudero in Fool's Errand while he was hiding under a bed, watching the murder of his famous socialite lover Sophia Matas. The year is 2042 Barcelona, Spain. Xavi has come a long way, from living on the streets of Barcelona, living off rich woman after meeting Andreas Rousakis. Andreas, a vampire , has arrived from America to liaison between the Barcelona Police Department and to be the Community Warden Of Renaissance. He is partnered with Barcelona Detective Ricardo Aquilar.
These complete opposites attract at first meeting ...Sensuality and sex sizzle between them. Completely opposite in their beliefs, Xavi, jaded, dishonest and corrupt meets the quiet, strong, honest Andreas...Sparks fly.
Fool’s Oath continues their story. Andreas is still not sure of what he can expect from the young Xavi, but while the relationship is still young, Xavi begins to feel the strength of steel that is Andreas. Being so wounded, Xavi cannot even express in words his feelings, nor can he accept them himself and fights them at every turn.
Renaissance is one of a number of communities around the world, which vampires have settled to raise their children, have homes and not be in the public eye. It is fairing better than other communities of its kind. In America, things are not going as well and Andreas has to return there and is worried for Xavi of this separation. Xavi has gone thru the change, by drinking Andrea’s blood and has become infected as a vampire.
Learning the Vampire Etiquette is a pretty daunting experience, and Xavi hears over and over the word Culling (extermination) and it brings him great fear.
This third story, Fool's Rush, lets the reader see the growth of the young man Xavier, who when we first met had the morals of a flea, no self worth; his only interest was expensive clothes, fine jewelry, fast shiny cars and money. His three sixty was amazing, and slowly without he or the reader even realizing it we saw what Andreas saw in him. I must say, I had my doubts.
Andreas, oh my, my, Andreas , the tough, strict, un-bending super hero, slowly before our eyes became a strong loving partner that one could even laugh and smile with. Becoming human…our tough Vampire, Xavi, was what this tough man was missing in his life. Xavi represented what Andreas needed to come home to. The stories in all three books was mysteries and murders that needed to be solved. The secondary characters were part of a great troupe. The newest addition was the new Warden brought to Renaissance, Lucien Boissant (who I sure would like to see again.)
To repeat my original rant, I am so sorry this is the end of this wonderful storyline and I hope the author has the good sense to give us some more stories from Barcelona.
Review by Gloria Lakritz
Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild
That was fantastic! Much better than the second installment. I suppose I can accept that Xavi's behavior in the last book was necessary for character development, or whatever, but I don't have to like it. This "new and improved" Xavi is much appreciated.
The third book in the Fool’s Odyssey Trilogy, Fool’s Rush, opens with Andreas and Xavi comfortably ensconced in their home in Barcelona. After having more than a little rocky start in their relationship the two have now settled into a sort of peace with each other. Its a few month’s since Xavi took Andreas’ blood in order to become vampire and live in his world. He is still learning how to live this different life but is settling in and is trying to behave himself. With Xavi, however, the definition of behaving oneself is slightly different than with most other people, thankfully it is one of the reasons Andreas is so completely besotted with him.
While attending a council meeting at Renaissance, the local vampire community where he is Warden, Andreas learns that not everyone in the community is happy with Xavi’s turning and their new found fame. Since Andreas has to split his time between his Warden duties and his duties as a detective for the Barcelona police force, another Warden has been hired to police the community, Lucien Boissant will be reporting to Andreas but he will be the Warden on site. Andreas is fine with this new development but waiting to see how well Warden Boissant will fit into the community and work under him. Andreas has also received a call from Father Esteve asking him if Xavi would be available to help assess the value of the gold he found in the church’s crypts and possibly help track down the owners as well. Thinking this would be a good use of Xavi’s time and possibly give a more positive spin to the vampire community Andreas agrees to ask him.
Only Xavi with his suave good looks, his devil may care attitude and great aptitude for finding trouble could turn a simple task into one that will involve angry vampires, kidnapped humans and a road trip. Here we go again, Xavi and Andreas will take us on the hunt for answers and show us just how two totally different men can not only compliment but complete each other.
Ms. Quinton introduced us to Xavi and Andreas in Fool’s Errand, showing us a narcissistic sometime prostitute with Xavi and a calm, collected, lethal cop with Andreas. As each book developed, their personalities slowly started changing, Xavi becoming less self-absorbed and Andreas becoming more human, if you can say that about a vampire. I’ll admit I didn’t like Xavi in the beginning and while I felt a little better about him by the second book he still wasn’t my favorite character. Andreas, on the other hand, stole my heart the minute he walked into the room and has kept it securely in his pocket since. In this book Xavi redeems himself and I began to understand just what Andreas saw in him and I started to actually like the little devil. Of course, Andreas just pats that pocket he keeps my heart in occasionally and I still melt.
Action packed with a little mystery and a little sex, this book was a quick easy read for me; I actually started it and finished it the same day. We were introduced to a new character with Lucien Boissant and weren’t sure if he was a good guy or a bad guy when we met him, clever little plot point there by Ms. Quinton. Rico, Andreas’ human partner, is back and while not a main character in the book it was fun to see him again.
My usual warnings here: while there is a little violence, it’s not much and this is a M/M romance so there is more than a little sex, it’s not graphic. I completely enjoyed this book and my only complaint is that since it’s the third in a trilogy I have to assume we may have seen the last of Xavi and Andreas, let’s hope Ms. Quinton gives us a peek every now again at them, I would like to know how they are getting on and what trouble Xavi lands himself in next.
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Dual Review Team
This story is part of a series and is best read in order. Xavi and Andreas have their hands full, Xavi tracing the owners of the gold and Andreas keeping the peace with the humans, it isn’t long before Xavi is dragged into a plot to discredit the vampires and he has to turn to Andreas for help.
Okay first off I have to hold my hands up and admit I haven’t read the other books in the Fool’s Odyssey series, no, I have not been living under a rock, I just haven’t got around to reading them *ducks head*, but I am going to rectify that. Xavi and Andreas are an established couple, but Xavi still feels the need to push the boundaries, but when it comes down to it he no longer really has the desire to test Andreas control. Andreas knows that Xavi will sometimes test him and Xavi knows how Andreas will take control, Andreas also realises that Xavi really doesn’t recognise how he really feels. During this story Xavi does seem to evolve before your eyes, he goes from a slight brat to a more responsible vampire, resisting his urges and finally admitting to himself what Andreas truly means to him.
The storyline is good, the Renaissance is getting publicity that some of them really don’t want, there are stories appearing in the papers that are anti-vampire and Xavi hunts for the true owners of the gold that was discovered at San Pedro-by-the-Wall. The complex weave of the storyline is really good, having each string entwined with each other until they come together in a pretty bow, and a twist that was very surprising. All the characters were well written and Xavi is the perfect foil for Andreas, keeping Andreas on his toes and also giving Andreas a reason to shed his hard shell.
I have to recommend this to those who love vampires, a great storyline, twists and surprises, some hot sex and a brilliant happy ending.
Chris Quinton has the ability to write complex plot driven stories that literally flow from one page to the next. Events interweaving, but never complicating the story, and she is at her most masterful with Fool’s Rush. The third book in the Fool’s Odyssey trilogy pulls all the threads together and sets a fast and furious pace through the streets of Barcelona and Renaissance.
I loved Xavier, from his street origins and behaviour in Fool’s Errand, his tortured control and despair in Fool’s Oath, to his growth in Fool’s Rush Xavier comes over as a sensual creature, like a magnificent stealthy cat, he’s beautiful and dangerous, the perfect companion to Andreas. Andreas is more enigmatic, more distant and controlled, but he is also a wonderfully drawn character. I’d love to read more books about these two men and the world Chris have created.
I adored all three books, reading them one after the other. I found the pacing perfect, the plot complex and riveting, the characters compelling and the ending satisfying with a twist I didn’t see coming. I can’t recommend this series highly enough.
The final part of the Fool's Odyssey series. These 3 books are like three parts of a whole so I would fully recommend reading them all (and together) and not as standalones to get the full Xavi and Andreas effect. This books ties up the story arc nicely - the provenance of the gold is found, the trouble makers are discovered (after causing more mayhem), olive branches start to come between the two communities - and Xavi and Andreas continue to deepen their relationship (and have hot sex!). A great end to a great, fun series
This third book gave some interesting glimpses in Andreas and Xavi's relationship. I felt for the first time that there was reassurance that theirs was an enduring love and that Xavi was in it for the long-term. A fitting end for this series.
I liked the searching for the owner of the gold part, got fed up with the vampire politics, and didn't really care anymore about the romance that was always supercharged with lust. This type of romance pairing usually has a lot of charms and fireworks, but this one fell flat.