Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Vampire and the G.I.
Author: J.P. Bowie
Series: Sequel to The Vampire and the P.I.
Heroes: Cole Everett/Rafael Barrantes
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 164 Pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: August 10, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: The Middle East War is finally over and veteran, Cole Everett, is trying to build a new life in Los Angeles and reconnect with his cousin, Sean Martin, a private investigator. His hopes stall when he learns that Sean’s mate, Arturo, is a vampire. It might be 2034 and vampires are an accepted part of society, but Cole can’t accept that anyone would willingly mate with the undead. That is, until he meets Arturo and is introduced to the incredibly handsome Rafael Barrantes. Attracted to Rafael, Cole has to rethink everything he thought he knew about vampires. Taking a job as a security guard for a high-tech company, Cole becomes suspicious when all is not what it seems with so-called ‘government contracts. He can’t decide if he should play it safe and call the cops, or take a chance on his newfound vampire friends. Safe and secure, or caution to the wind?
Review: This story is a follow up to The Vampire and the P.I., which I loved and highly recommend you start with. It can be read on its own, but you’d be missing out on a great story and introduction if you skip it. This had everything I loved about the first book, but with a different flavor.
Here, we have Sean’s cousin, Cole, trying to get his life together and find a job as a civilian after the end of his military career. When he stops in to reconnect with Sean, he gets way more than he bargained for when he finds out Sean is in love and living with a Vampire. In this world, Vampires are “out,” but not fully accepted, and Cole is proof of that phobia. After a rough start, Cole realizes his mistake and decides to make an effort and meet Sean’s other half.
Sean and Arturo are getting along fabulously, still very much in love and enjoying life together. Just as Sean fell for Arturo’s charms, so too did Cole, making him realize he was too quick to jump to conclusions about Vampires. Then he meets Rafael.
Master Vamp Rafael, the smart, sexy leader, captivates Cole from the start, and the attraction is mutual. Though it takes a bit longer for Cole to see the light than it did for Sean, he can’t help but give in to his feelings. I loved how their relationship differed from Sean and Arturo’s. They had other issues to deal with, such as the extreme class differences and Cole’s past feelings on Vampires.
As with the previous book, there is an interesting side story that was mysterious and suspenseful. There was action and danger that resulted in a very different ending. The way things turned out just felt right and really worked for them. Sean and Rafael are great together, but I would be very interested to see how the immortality aspect affects Sean down the road. I’d really like to see how these guys are all getting on in their new lives.
This is a super fun story that I didn’t want to put down but didn’t want to end. It has an interesting story line that balances out the romance/relationship aspect quite well. I highly recommend both books and hope there are more to come.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*