Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Blood of the City
Author: Adrik Kemp
Series: Sequel to Blood of the Land
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 87 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: After a century apart, Mack and Jason rediscover their love and lust, but will trying to fit into a modern world keep them together or tear them apart?
When vampire lovers Mack and Jason are reunited after decades apart, they think of nothing but each other’s company. But over time, Mack’s old-world views conflict with Jason’s liberated life, and it throws them into a spiral of confused despair. When Mack seeks solace in the arms of another and Jason’s ex-lover Greg is murdered, their relationship breaks down and Mack flees.
While in solitude, Mack is handed the surprise opportunity to rekindle a relationship with his returned, now-vampire father, Allen. They return to Sydney to introduce him to Jason, but Jason has already sought revenge on Mack’s lover and committed an atrocity of his own. Fractured so soon after their reunion, the three of them travel back to where it all began, in the country town of Wattlebrook.
Review: I took a chance when I chose to read this sequel to Blood of the Land because I was really disappointed in book one and especially how it ended. I was entertained enough though to try to see if the parts that left me wanting would be settled in this installment. And for the most part, they were. It is still gruesome, which one should expect from blood thirsty vampires, and Jason and Mack hit rock bottom, again, but it finally ended on a high note and I feel a bit vindicated.
This story doesn’t follow any sweet nor romantic path in the traditional sense and considering the main characters are immortal, blood thirsty and sometimes out of control creatures that live on human blood, is expected. Jason and Mack are both equally to blame in the tragedy that befalls them and to those closest to them. They are, in some ways, completely irrepressible and they each do things that emotionally wound the other. The bummer part is the blood bath left in their wake.
This story worked a whole lot better for me than the first book. I was thrilled that there was truly only one couple this round and I loved that the Mack family history issues were settled. Didn’t expect to see Allen being all civilized and have him accept his son so easily, but it was better than having that drama on top of the Jason drama.
All in all, I took a chance and I’m glad I did. This is not a sparkly and sweet vampire romance, and these guys are truly awful to each other at times, but it was also obvious that they loved each other and that, by the end, it would all work out.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*