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Vespers

(Hours of the Night #1)

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Thaddeus Dupont has had over eighty years to forget…

The vampire spends his nights chanting the Liturgy of the Hours and ruthlessly disciplines those unnatural urges he's vowed never again to indulge. He is at the command of the White Monks, who summon him at will to destroy demons. In return, the monks provide for his sustenance and promise the return of his immortal s
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ebook, 319 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Prescourt Books (first published September 2016)
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Dia
4,5 rounded to 5 full of mystery stars

I absolutely LOVE the cover!! It really makes you want to discover the story. Doesn't it?
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I enjoyed this book way more than I expected. It has a lot of action and so much suspense. I expected something very different, an easy read, maybe a little suspense, BUT this story gave me so much more: demons, vampires, ghosts, dark forces and those who fought against them!

I was hooked from the first pages, even if I had to read twice the first sentence: "Sara's mothe
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
4.5

Gothic romance Big Easy style, cher.
There was even a gator!




"I would resign myself to an eternity in hell if it meant a single lifetime with him."


Vespers left an impression with its resplendent atmosphere. These authors blended romance and action in a Gothic setting, historical references and religious overtones thrown in for flavor and Voila! Tantalizing cocktail! That I cannot wait to order another of.



I'm not a religious person but I am fascinated by religion especially Catholicism main
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Len Evans Jr
Want to start off with a quick disclaimer: The fact that it took me 4 months to finish this book in no way reflects in how good it was. I had foolishly started reading it, just prior to Thanksgiving and when that arrived I went all-in on my Christmas reading agenda so chose to stop reading this. Of course, my Christmas reading didn't end till like 3/4 of the way through January and when it did I kept forgetting about finishing this one.
Now on to my review...
I found this book totally fascinati
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Kazza
I love biting and sex and vampires. If I'm reading about vampires, then give me their nature. Vespers delivers. description

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I was looking for this book, I really was, I just didn't know its name. Now I do - Vespers. It's been ages since I've read a good vampire story, and Vespers is so very good. I kept chanting throughout -'don't let me down, don't let me down, don't let me down'. I wanted this to work and I wanted to have a series that I look forward to, and like I mentioned in the
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Skye Kilaen
I'm hooked on this M/M series, an opposites attract vampire-human romance between a very unlikely couple. Thaddeus Dupont is a hundred year old undead creature of the night, deeply Catholic, tormented with guilt for becoming possessed (and for being gay), and devoted agent of the Church in its fight against demons. Sarasija Mishra is a gay 22 year old college graduate, Indian-American, raised-Hindu-but-agnostic, who loves technology and desperately needs a job even if it means working for a recl ...more
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

Review:
*I received a free ecopy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I was afraid this book might have too much religion for me, but I'm so glad I decided to give it a chance because 1) it didn't have too much religion, and 2) it was just a great book!

First of all, the characters were really well-written. Sara made me roll my eyes sometimes (I know I'm being judgy, but... *cough* Lambo doors *cough*), but his personality and voice were incredibly realistic for an e
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Jennifer Oliveira
*I recieved an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley*

Thaddeus Dupont is a religious, demon fighting vampire at the command of Monks. He can't do certain things or engage in certain activities and his sole purpose seems to be redemption. After a mistake is made, Sarasija Mishra, a 22 year old, beautiful men, enters his life as his assistant, sending the vampire's solid beliefs for a spin on the washing machine. Add evil, fight scenes, fantasy and beautiful writing to that and you get
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Eugenia
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
3.4 Stars.
This book had soooo much potential! The world and characters created were original. However, the world building needed more construction. The characters needed more depth. It was all ALMOST there. What truly dumbfounded me was Sara's (a man) easy acceptance of vampires and demons--he barely batted an eye to learn of the supernatural, much less that his new boss was a vampire.

Still, I really enjoyed the mystery of the story and the camaraderie of the two MCs and Nohea, the vampire's bus
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Kelly
This was great! I buzzed throughout, excited by the world, the characters and the story. I wanted to know more! I already hoped there would be sequels. I could feel this world opening up and swallowing me and I wanted to exist there for a while.

I *loved* the different voices - Sara's lighthearted and steadfast "goodness" and Thaddeus' tortured soul. The story was fantastic. Kept me hooked right until the last page.

What I need more of: Nohea, because she's awesome. Brother Michael. He's not aro
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Izzy
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rated B+ (4.5*)

I love vampire stories, but it has been some time since I read a good one. Vespers has changed that. It’s a good vampire story and an engaging romance, too.

Sarasija Mishra (Sara) travels three thousand miles across the States to Louisiana to meet his contact Ms. Alves, and then start work as a very well paid assistant to a certain Mr. Dupont. Unfortunately, Ms. Alves is not at the agreed meeting point and cannot be contacted. Sara is taken by a friendly grocer’s daughter on a boat
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⚣Michaelle⚣
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ⚣Michaelle⚣ by: K.
4.3 Stars

Wow! I don't read a lot of Vampire-themed books, but if more of them were like this then I definitely would.

A slow build that pays off very nicely, with distinctive characters that I'm kind of in love with. Sara is snarky, brave and thoroughly modern. Thaddeus is a tortured vampire, holding on by a thread to his determination not to slide further into sin - filling his days with prayer that sometimes morphs into the mortification of his flesh - and atoning for past sins by killing demo
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Shelby
So this was not what I expected from a vampire novel, but I found it oddly satisfying anyway. This was a decidedly strange mix. It's not often that you see vampires mixed with the church but that's exactly what this kicks off. I found myself just as confused as Sara for most of the novel and I do hope that in later books there's more explained about what exactly is going on.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Thank you, Alaska Elf, for the gift!!
Aleksandra
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I recieved an ARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley*

Vespers is an adventurous creepy and captivating paranormal novel. I enjoyed reading the book! The characters are well-developed and round. The main thrio is a diverse bunch of adorable and complex individuals. We have here Catholic vampire Thaddeus Dupont, his human assistant Sara and his no-nonsense manager/friend Nohea. I think my favorite is Sara. I love his optimism, courage, loyalty and common sense. His friendship with Nohea
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Sadie Forsythe
3.5

There is so much to appreciate about this book. I thought both the main characters were cute in their own subtle ways. I liked that Thaddeus was an incredibly unreliable narrator. His view of his situation was so colored by his religious beliefs that he couldn't see himself clearly. I liked that one of the characters was Hindu, from an Indian family, and his outsider's view of Catholicism was by far my favorite part of the book. I liked that his religion was presented as equally valid and tha
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Al *the semi serial series skipper*
***I received this arc courtesy of Netgallery and Prescourt books in exchange for an honest review***

The days i want smut i get none and the days i don't, i get truckloads.

I went into this expecting all levels of "smutness" so i'm a little disappointed. The idea of a religious vampire who in a case of mistaken identity gets a male assistant instead of a female assistant proved too hard to resist. I was expecting a GFY, quite frankly.


Overall, it was good. I had some slight issues with it though
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Ulysses Dietz
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Vespers
Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt
Published by the authors, 2016
Cover by Kanaxa
295 pages
ISBN: 9780996809931
Five stars

Wow, the second new gay vampire romance I’ve read in the past month, and also a five-star book! What are the chances? This is a genre that makes me anxious, not because I don’t like vampires, but because I like them too much. As a devotee of vampire literature since I was in middle school (this was in the late 1960s, by the way), I’ve developed strong likes and dislikes; expect
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Jeannie Zelos
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Vespers (Hours of the Night 1), Irene Preston , Liv Rancourt

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:  Romance, LGBTQIA

I’d read and loved Irene’s A Taste of You, so when I saw she’d teamed up with another author to write this m/m novel featuring vampires I was intrigued. I do love paranormal romance, especially that with vampires.

It took me quite a while to get in to the story, to really feel I knew the characters. Sara is pretty open, I could feel fairly quickly the kind of man he was, but
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Borderstar
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
I didn't know what to expect from this, but it was actually pretty entertaining. There wasn't anything hugely new here as I think I've read nearly every kind of vampire book over the years but it still felt original. I also found the characters very likable, especially Sara, and it was still a fun and engrossing read that I finished in pretty much one go (with a sleep break!). Lots of action, vampires, demons, romance and humour.

I would have liked to find out more about how Thaddeus be
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T.
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-beta-prize
I received Vespers as a review copy from the author/publisher. The gifting did not determine the review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion. Not at all what I expected, this was a terrific read. I loved the complexity and thought that went into the world-building-- much of the story was very provocative; from the right-or-wrongness of the impact of homosexuality in the Catholic church, to the complexities of the relationships between each of the characters. This is a book you'll want to ta ...more
Tracey
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I first read about this book on Netgalley and the blurb made me smile and I thought, hey, this could be good. Now, I'd kind of decided that I'd had my fill of vampire stores, but decided that I quite fancied this one. If you feel the same, you should go for it, like I did, you may well really enjoy this book.

Sara has just finished college and doesn't really know what to do with life. His (yes, his - Sara is Sarasija) brother and sister are over-achievers and the family is struggling financially,
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Ije the Devourer of Books
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought vampires had been done to death!

I was wrong.

In this book we are introduced to a soulful, prayerful vampire who is also somewhat tortured by his past, his perceived failures and the need to atone for what he sees as his sins and flaws.

Thaddeus Dupont is a vampire with many burdens and a dark past. He prays and believes, but this only provides occasional comfort. He labours under the heaviness of his calling and his limitations.

He is a demon slayer.

And then Sara comes into his life.

Sar
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Raj
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Religiously conflicted vampires is hardly a new theme where the need for blood is often at odds with a previous human edict that you do not view your fellow man as food. Dupont is bound to the church as a paid assassin to hunt down demonic forces through the centuries as penance.He is in return promised the reinstatement of his eternal soul by the monks who hold his contract.I'm not exactly sure how that transaction is eventually going culminate as this is the first in a series. Maybe this parti ...more
J.P. Jackson
4.5 stars

Delicious.
I've often asked others to give me their best recommendations on well-written, intelligent, LGBT books, with or without romance. THIS IS IT PEOPLE Go read this book. Especially if you, like me, like to reside in the darker shadows of life.
The main character, a somewhat naive but otherwise capable man named Sara, finds himself in an interesting situation - which he deals with admirably. Can't say I would have done that well.
The other hero of our story is a - wait for it - gay v
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Lisa
This is so not the type of book I would normally read.
The premise was intriguing. A vampire monk who works for the black ops part of the Catholic Church.
He has an assistant, Sara, which in itself an issue. Sara was given the job because they thought it was a girl. Sara turned out to be a boy.
For those of you who dont want to read this because you might think there is too much religiom. Dont worry, its minimal.
I started reading and then was unable to put it down until I finished it.
Can't wait for
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Katherine
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vampires and demons and monks, oh my!

This was an interesting book, working through the concept of the Christian religion and a homosexual relationship.

Thaddeus is a vampire that works with the church. He believes he has lost hisn soul because of what he is, but that by working with monks he can redeem it. He must simply stay away from sin, especially his own perversion if desiring me.

Sara is a prospective grad student with no real goal in life. He needs a job to help his family pay back debts, a
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars ~ It’s been a long time since I’ve read a vampire romance. It’s been an even longer time since I’ve read a really good vampire romance. Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt’s collaborative efforts on Vespers, book one in their new Hours of the Night series, isn’t just good. I think it’s pretty exceptional.

In the genre, it seems the Dracula mythos is either adhered to as canon, avoided altogether in an effort to give a fresh spin to the archetype, or is a blend of something old and something
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Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog
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3.5 Enthusiastic Stars

**My half of my co-review with OJ. You can find the whole thing on our GayGuy StraightGirl Reviews Blog

Fun, fun, fun PNR read! I am a complete sucker for a terse, repressed curmudgeon. So ramp that up by a factor of – Thaddeus – and I’m in…heaven. Then for the authors to contrast him with a fresh, cocky, fun-loving hottie and this becomes a series I can sink my teeth into.

THE CHARACTERS

Thaddeus “Thad” DuPont - Repressed, depressed, cryptic and oh so needy. His inner confli
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Kathy
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, read-in-2016
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley for a fair and honest review.

This book is about Thaddeus, who is a Vampire and works for a group called the White Monks. He hunts and destroys demons. He is solely focused on his prayers and doing penance and hopefully one day regaining his immortal soul. Not only is he convinced that his being a vampire is the reason for his lost soul and desperate need for penance, but also the fact that he is gay. Before his life ended, he was studying to be a Mo
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bookfaerie
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm entranced by this expertly woven tale of mystery and intrigue. Not much of this story was anything close to what I had anticipated. Perfection in its telling. A supreme journey and so unlike any other paranormal adventure I've encountered. Fun, gripping, completely encompassing and packed with action and suspense. In addition, I wasn't aware all this magnificence takes place in my most favorite place in the world: New Orleans! Everything about this story is a treat to the senses...the plot, ...more
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