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Beckoning Blood by Daniel de Lorne
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it was amazing
bookshelves: beautiful-writing, read-2015-books, favorites, fantasy, lgbtqia, m-m, paranormal-romance, paranormal-urban-fantasy, vampires, historical-fantasy, reviewed, gay-main-character, gay-love-interest, read-2018-books, re-read
Read 2 times. Last read November 21, 2018 to November 28, 2018.

5 Stars

Full Review:
Vampires. Twins. Obsession. Cruelty. Love. Angst. And so much blood!

There honestly isn't a single bad thing I can say about this book. I've loved everything about it both times I've read it. It is just as gripping and blood-drenched as the blurb promises it will be.

The book focuses on two characters, twin brothers, and they're both so complex. Olivier is awful. Just so messed up. But in a way that makes you hate him but also makes you want to keep reading about him. His cruelty doesn't just come from being a vampire---it's part of who he is. He likes to toy with people's emotions and break them mentally as well as physically. And of course there's the fact that he's literally obsessed with his twin, jealous of anyone else who gets close to him, and delusional about their relationship. That, honestly, might be the scariest thing about him. And yet... he's so well-written that I found myself not being able to help but feel sympathy for him at times, even though I knew he absolutely didn't deserve it. Thierry is the "good" one of the two, but I put that in quotes because, well. He doesn't enjoy killing innocents... for the most part... and he isn't cruel like Olivier, but he is by no means virtuous. Throughout the story, he was bored and numb, going through the motions for hundreds of years, and as he said himself, a bored vampire is a dangerous thing. But it was the characters' emotions and the relationship between them throughout the book that really showed the realism and complexity in them.

[Olivier] boiled and Thierry boiled with him. The deeper he went, the closer to one he grew, until finally he could see through Olivier’s eyes, feel the grip of his hand on the leather hilt of the butcher’s blade, and smell the blood spraying onto his brother’s chest. Underneath it all, arrogant and unguarded thoughts tumbled over one another.

Thierry. Thierry. Thierry…

Not only are they complex, they're so vampire-y! You know how sometimes you read about an immortal vampire, but they sound like a teen or twenty-something? Thierry and Olivier actually feel like immortal predators with the way they think and act and feel, their patience, their boredness, their general disassociation from humanity. These vampires are sexy but deadly, the kind that can blend in with people but are all the more dangerous for it. I loved it. You won't find any sexy biting, but you'll find sex, and you'll find biting. (Content/trigger warning: There's also one explicit rape scene.)

There's also an empathic connection! If there's anything I love reading about almost as much as vampires, it's empaths and empathic connections between characters. And the author writes the connection between Theirry and Olivier beautifully.

Speaking of which, the writing is gorgeous with just the right amount of purple prose to suck you in.

[Thierry's] tension sawed on Olivier’s nerves as tightly as any fiddle, as if the bruises and aching bones weren’t enough. The crowd pressed in on him, every laugh sharp, and every nudge a tightening on a dagger’s hilt.

The settings are also beautifully described with just the right amount of detail to make you feel like you're there. And because this story covers roughly 700 years, you get to experience multiple times and places (1300s Carcassonne, France; 1700s Saxony; and present day Perth, Australia).

There is also a strong romantic element (not between the twins, much to Olivier's dismay). In case you like to know what you're getting into in terms of happy-or-not endings... *SPOILER* (view spoiler) *END SPOILER*

Overall, this was a story of love and obsession with sexy-but-deadly vampires, beautiful writing, and complex characters that I absolutely recommend if you're looking for something dark, violent, and amazing!

Recommended For:
Anyone who likes sexy but deadly vampires, love stories, complex and twisted characters, and beautiful writing.

Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight


Original Review:
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[First Read: 10/22/15]
[Second Read: 11/28/18]
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Reading Progress

October 21, 2015 – Started Reading
October 21, 2015 – Shelved
October 21, 2015 –
1.0% "In the mood for something dark..."
October 21, 2015 –
8.0% "I like it already. Really like the writing style."
October 21, 2015 –
20.0% "Damn. Now THAT is how you write attraction at first sight!"
October 21, 2015 –
28.0% ""Olivier throbbed in his veins. Not feeding put Reiner at risk. His own hunger mixed with Olivier’s madness meant Reiner’s throat would be too alluring for the wrong reasons. A descent into the wilderness would help dispel some of it; the blood would drown the rest." I JUST LOVE THIS WRITING SO MUCH."
October 22, 2015 –
54.0% "I'm oddly proud of the townspeople right now lol. Not that I wanted Thierry to be attacked, but the fact that they fought back and managed that at all was impressive."
October 22, 2015 –
56.0% "Yes! I love all these characters fighting back! You go, Reiner!"
October 22, 2015 –
100.0% "So good!"
October 22, 2015 – Finished Reading
October 29, 2015 – Shelved as: beautiful-writing
October 30, 2015 – Shelved as: read-2015-books
November 26, 2015 – Shelved as: favorites
December 6, 2015 – Shelved as: fantasy
December 6, 2015 – Shelved as: lgbtqia
December 6, 2015 – Shelved as: m-m
December 6, 2015 – Shelved as: paranormal-romance
December 6, 2015 – Shelved as: paranormal-urban-fantasy
December 6, 2015 – Shelved as: vampires
December 20, 2015 – Shelved as: historical-fantasy
January 7, 2016 – Shelved as: reviewed
August 24, 2016 – Shelved as: gay-main-character
August 24, 2016 – Shelved as: gay-love-interest
November 21, 2018 – Started Reading
November 27, 2018 – Shelved as: read-2018-books
November 27, 2018 – Shelved as: re-read
November 28, 2018 – Finished Reading

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