No one believed me until I met some new friends, who promised to help me get justice.
But nothing prepared me for Marcus Varik.
Tall, dark, and mind-numbingly sexy.
But he’s also shy, protective, and adorably eccentric.
Oh God, I should have never agreed to betray him.
Hopefully, it's not too late to fix my mistake before I lose more people I lo ...more
I absolutely love paranormal romances and Vampires...yeah they are definitely my kryptonite. All that hot dark and broody ?? Count me in !! Knowing there are 3 more vampire brothers and that they are getting their own book ?? Hell yeah !!
This story sucked me in from the very first page. I was at the edge of my seat trying to find out more. The mystery and suspense were very well done and it kept me entertained from beginning to end.
The romance between Marcus and Ethan...more
Ethan’s family was slaughtered when he was just ten years old. After that horible night, he felt so lonely and lived with endless nightmares. He was obsessed with this thought to get revenge! Now that he was twenty-six years old, he found a chance to get close to those who might know something (or maybe guilty). So he couldn’t lose his chance of getting revenge but always there is a BUT…
Told in dual POV, 3rd person, it’s the first installment i ...more
Marcus Varik has enough to worry about. The vampire world is on edge, and it looks like his family is in the cross hairs. He’s trying to move his family, so he hires a new assistant, Ethan. Little does he know, Ethan has his own secrets that could be even more trouble for Marcus.
This was an okay re ...more
Thoroughly jam-packed with all the things I love to read in a paranormal - great world-building, compelling characters, actual repercussions for actions taken, seriously hot and sexy creatures of the night and two men I was rooting for from the start.
That Marcus has three equally interesting and complex brothers who will also be getting the spotlight shone on them was only the start of the bonus treats from this wonderful writer. ...more
I don’t think I have read a vampire book since my Twilight obsession years ago but I am a huge Jocelynn Drake fan so I thought I would give it a go, try something different.
I am glad I did I LOVED Claiming Marcus, I cannot remember when I felt like I did reading this, I was on tender hooks waiting for the truths to come out, Ethan admitting he knows Marcus is a vampire and Marcus discovering that Ethan is a “spy” and staying up until stupid o’clock so I could finish ...more
So...I've read a lot of PNR in my time. I've read a lot of vampire romance too. Claiming Marcus is nothing more than an amalgamation of all the other vampire stories I've read. There is nothing new here. In fact, it's a rather hodge podge collection of vampire romance lore. There are plot holes galore. The pace similar to a new d ...more
Story - 3.75 Stars
The story had decent action and low angst / lovey dovey romance. I enjoyed it.
What a great first installment to a new series by the always wonderful Jocelynn Drake. We had gotten assassins with hearts of gold and now we've got vampires with hearts of gold and I love it.
The book starts off in 1843, where Marcus Verik, the oldest of 4 brothers, is in his families living room, and then we meet his two twin brothers, Bel and Rafe, who aren't identical but similar enough in appearance - and couldn't be more different personality wise. And then the youngest, Winter, w ...more
That maybe sounds a bit harsh. But it’s true. At almost any point I could have put it down and walked away.
I liked the characters (although the slow burn was getting to me a bit) and the fact that they are brothers. Brothers who became vampires to look after their mother.
But then about the half way point that all changed. It became a book and a series I wanted to read.
There’s lots of potential here for future books. I’m particularly ...more
The first chapter was enigmatic but intriguing, a brother willing to become vampire for the sake of family, particularly his mother.
The next chapter was very good, Ethan's whole family, his mother, father, and two sisters are killed by cruel vampires as he listened on, hiding in a wall cavity. I was onboa ...more
Four stars for the wonderful performance by Kenneth Obi. It’s clear to me over and over again how much fun he’s having bringing Claiming Marcus to life! Infusing each character with their own personalities (and there’s an extensive variety in this series), Mr. Obi shows no end to his range. I especially enjoyed the sweetness he brings to Marcus’ character. Old, a bit jaded, and resigned to ...more
Jocelynn Drake knows how to write a good page turner, but I'll admit, it took me a little longer than I would have liked to get into the story, and part of that was my only real complaint: it felt like a lot got skipped on page.
In particular, for me, the romance between Marcus and Ethan felt rushed and incomplete because they move into the "I love you's" and I would hav ...more
Audiobook Review on 03-24-2020
I enjoyed Kenneth Obi narration. He did a great job .
Overall: 4 stars
Performance: 4 stars
Story: 4 stars
Ebook Review: 11/1/2019
New and Fascinating Legends for the Vampire Folklore
In Claiming Marcus , Jocelynn Drake is expanding in the known Vampire Folklore by creating her own MM, brand of lore and vampires.
I loved the world building , the fresh and intriguing plot , the heroes , the hot AF sexy times, low angst and the exciting action adventure aspe ...more
Ethan's childhood was destroyed when vampires broke i ...more
There is an interesting storyline, a bit of a new look at vampires and engaging characters.
But, big BUT. The story is need of a good professional editor. Repetitive, numerous statements may add to the word count but detract from the flow of the story.
Authors you need only explain something once.
Many other characters and underlining powder strangles and deceit going on throughout the vampire population and I think with this book we just scratched the surface. My only regret is starting this series too soon without being able to read the next book r ...more
Claiming Marcus starts The Lords of Discord series about four vampire brothers. This first book focuses on the oldest, Marcus, but also introduces the other three brothers as well. It started out interesting with Marcus and the family having to move and Marcus needing an assistant to help with that. Ethan was left an orphan at a young age when a vampire killed his entire family and he has never forgotten and the need for revenge has never quieted. He falls in with a ...more
Even better? I liked it.
I loved the four brothers. I was into the politics, the world building and all the setups for the future books. I'm anxious to read more.
There were a few or more times where I felt I had missed something or it happened but I never knew it happened, little holes here and there that threw me out of the story, but not enough to be in ...more
In the second half the plot improved but overall there was just nothing new to the world of vampires.
Looks like the next book will be about Marcus's brother Rafe who seems to be an interesting, charismatic character. So if his book will also be available with KU then I might be tempted to give it a try....
Ethan is lost and alone in the world and even though Marcus has a family, he is also very lonely. They are like magnets. The attraction and chemistry is there. This is a slow burn but a very satisfying sexy book. The adventure and mythology part of the story is very interesting and engrossing.
Now the waiting in book 2 (Rafe’s book) is going to so hard!
This former Kentucky girl has moved up, down, and across the U.S. with her husband. Recently, they’ve settled near ...more