Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: They Come by Night
Heroes: Tyrell Small and Adam Dasani
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 340 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 16, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Imagine an Earth just a bit different from ours. It may be 2014, but in this world, normals unknowingly share the planet with vampyrs. Most vampyrs rely on bagged blood, supplemented by the blood of sabors—valued individuals whose blood contains an element needed for the survival of the species.
Tyrell Small has always felt different. He doesn’t know he is a sabor, but he has the birthmark to prove it. When his father reveals that he’ll be required to feed vampyrs, Ty decides to run away. Slipping out of his bedroom window, he finds the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen sitting on his roof. Adam Dasani is a vampyr, equerry to the vampyr king, who has given Adam the task of guarding Ty. The blood of the two most powerful saborese families in the shared history of vampyrs and sabors runs through Ty’s veins. And some vampyrs intend to use him to gain power, something Adam isn’t about to allow. Adam insists that Ty can’t escape his destiny, but they both find that destiny can take unexpected turns… and following those turns may put those Ty loves—including Adam—in danger.
Review: This is an alternate world, but only in that Vampyrs are real.
Vampyrs live on bagged blood in this world, unless they are lucky enough to drink from specially marked humans “sabors”. Ty is a sabor, but he’s even more special than that because he has another mark on him (a caul) which is unheard of in sabor history.
Ty doesn’t want to be a food source for a vampyr, so he attempts to run away. Adam, a vampyr, has been watching over him and protecting him. When Ty runs, Adam is there to protect him.
What follows is a long – very long – book that I mostly skimmed. I wanted this to be about Adam and Ty falling in love, and maybe they do, but not in the way you’d expect and not in this book.
You see – Ty (and all sabors) must stay a virgin to be blood donors (to stay pure) so though it is clear that Ty and Adam are falling in love, nothing comes of it. There is a nasty vampyr, a duke, who tries to make Ty his own, and Ty’s own brother tries to sell him out, but luckily Ty is rescued and ends up (sort-of) with Adam at the end.
This just wasn’t a book for me. I can appreciate the gay romantic elements, but it didn’t shape out in the way I had anticipated and I lost interest early on. Maybe it changes in the coming sequels, we’ll have to see.
The writing was good and the world building was thorough and interesting, but it just wasn’t a romance in the style that I prefer.
If you are interested in a vampire/fantasy novel with gay elements then this may be the book for you.
I’m going to call this DNF, because it just wasn’t a book for me.
Overall Impression: It wasn’t for me
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*