Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Creature Feature 2
Authors: Rhys Ford and Poppy Dennison
Series: Creature Feature 2 (but not related to Creature Feature)
Heroes: Taz/Darren & Ciarnan/Javi
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 66k words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Two Men. One Apocalypse.
Rise of the Revenants by Poppy Dennison
Vampyres are on the loose in Detroit, and novice hunter Taz Cohen is on the job. The mission seems simple: stop the vamps. But Taz knows nothing about the mythical creatures, so he’s in for the fight of his life. Then he meets insanely attractive construction worker Darren Foster, who jumps into the battle with both feet. Sparks and bullets fly as they struggle against the vampyre horde and their attraction to each other. Avoiding gruesome death from the undead might be easier than shielding their hearts from each other.
Legacy of Blood and Death by Rhys Ford
For Javi Navarro, Detroit will become another blood-splattered city in his rearview mirror after he puts its dead back into the ground. Expecting an easy hunting job, Javi instead finds a kiss of ancient vampyres on the hunt for a descendent of their long-dead creator.
Reclusive Ciarnan Mac Gerailt abandoned his family legacy of blood and death magic after it nearly destroyed him. Unfortunately, the Motor City can only be saved if Ciarnan resumes his dark arts and joins forces with Javi Navarro, the hunter who brought the vampyre apocalypse—and hope for the future—straight to Ciarnan’s front door.
I ADORED both stories in this book! It’s a little different than the first Creature Feature in style because these two stories are actually connected. It starts with a prologue that sets the premise for what both tales will be about. Simply put – finding and stopping the vampyres that were accidentally let loose after a century entombed. These vampyres are stronger, faster, and have consumed mages, making them even more dangerous. Javi and Taz, as hunters, are brought to Detroit to stop the vamps from killing not just innocent humans but also the descendants of the mages who sealed them in a speakeasy. And the only way to possibly do that is to find the descendants themselves.
In Rise of the Revenants by Poppy Dennison, Taz is tasked with finding John Chapman, who’s the descendant of the life mage the vamps consumed. Unfortunately, no matter how many houses Taz visits, John is nowhere to be found. But in his search for the mage, he comes across Darren Foster, a handsome construction worker employed by Chapman, and a man determined to get to the bottom of what is going on. When a vampyre attacks them, Darren refuses to let Taz fight them on his own and convinces Taz into letting Darren become Taz’s partner… in more ways than one.
I loved Taz and Darren so much! They’re adorable together and I really liked that they had such intense feelings for one another so quickly. When one of them was in a sticky situation, that didn’t stop the other from riding to the rescue or from being there afterward to help somehow. As characters, they’re both stubborn which was a lot of fun to see. Plus, this one had a whole host of secondary characters that were loyal to the bone and supported them being together while also being protective of Darren, which was great to see especially during all the action and suspense 🙂
In Legacy of Blood and Death by Rhys Ford, Javi’s main objective is finding Ciarnan, the descendant of the death mage eaten by the vamps. As a former death mage, Ciarnan struggles everyday with the actions of his past. When he first meets Javi, it’s while fighting one of the vamps and Ciarnan believes Javi’s there to fight him. Once things are settled between them, Ciarnan and Javi must find a way to draw the rest of the vamps to them so they can stop them from hunting other humans. Easier said than done with the only way for that to happen is if Ciarnan embraces his death magic again, something he swore he’d never do. But with the support of Javi and the attraction boiling between them, Ciarnan may be able to withstand the allure of the death magic and finally stop the vamps.
This one had a lot of flirting and teasing with Javi not holding back any innuendos when it came to talking with Ciarnan. I loved that about him and it was hilarious to me seeing how Ciarnan would react or respond to what Javi would say. I loved them together because they fit well, the death mage who’s trying to turn a new leaf and the hunter who’s trying to keep Detroit safe. They’re also sweet together and I really loved Ciarnan’s familiar, a death faery, who just wanted to eat some brains and a wolf-dog who couldn’t care less what was happening unless it threatened Ciarnan somehow!
My only complaint (and this is only because I’m very greedy) is that I wished both stories were longer! I loved that we got an epilogue that tied up both relationships nicely but I want MORE! I want to see more of Taz and Javi and more of their lovers, too! I want to see them both battling more creatures in Detroit and would have loved to see more of both couples outside of the action and suspense of hunting the vamps.
Overall, both of these tales were fabulous. They’re filled with action, suspense and a ton of entertaining and ‘edge of your seat’ moments. I was pleasantly surprised with how the authors managed to connect their stories together and how well Poppy’s story flowed into Rhys’. I adored all the main characters! But the second characters in both stories made for a lot of amusing moments. I really hope these authors consider writing more about these couples because they have soooo much more potential left in them! If you’re looking for a read that’s action packed, suspenseful and definitely entertaining, give this book a try!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the authors in return for a fair and honest review.*