Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Vampire’s Angel
Author: Damian Serbu
Series: The Realm of the Vampire Council #1
Genre: MM Historical Paranormal
Length: 334 Pages
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: March 19, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Set during the French Revolution, The Vampire’s Angel traces the lives of three characters: a Parisian priest (Xavier), his noble sister (Catherine), and a vampire from America (Thomas). The priest and vampire fall in love but hardship ensues as they struggle with separate demons. Thomas resists his impatience and temper, while hiding his undead nature from the man he loves. Xavier combats a devotion to the church and societal obligation, both of which speak against following his heart. As France crumbles around them, Catherine fights to maintain the family’s fortune, even as she falls prey to the schemes of a witchdoctor who casts a spell upon her. Will the death, danger, and catastrophes of a revolution doom these three, or will they find solace from one another and ultimate harmony? Find out in The Vampire’s Angel.
Review: It took me a while to read this book, but I liked it. It was very different than most paranormal MM books I’ve read, and it dragged on a bit in the middle, but I still liked it. I liked it enough to look forward to reading the next book, yet at the same time, I hope it moves at a faster pace. Now that Xavier and Thomas are on the same page, and Catherine has her mind set to right, I am expecting the pace to pick up a bit.
This was a strange pairing of an American vampire who has anger issues and is extremely sadistic in some of his kills, and a French priest who is struggling with his love for men and is full of the “Catholic guilt” that won’t allow him the same peace he offers to others. I understood the attraction between the two, and I felt Thomas was nearing Sainthood status with his patience with Xavier, until his patience ran out. That was a mighty big pill to swallow and I instantly wondered how other readers would react to the violence that escalated. Even for me, one who is usually able to accept the occasional misstep, was taken aback.
Catherine, and her ordeal, is integral to the whole story, and though she has love interests as well, the real love story is about Xavier and Thomas. I found Catherine to be a bit of a horse’s ass, she was overbearing and domineering, but quite simple and stupid in other ways. I know Xavier blames himself for their brother’s demise but it was all on Catherine and her stubborn insistence on being independent and not trusting family and friends over a near stranger. She really irked me and honestly, Jeremie didn’t deserve her.
This is a long book with an extremely long and drawn out, slow burn relationship builder between the vampire and the priest. In the midst of all their drama, France has gone to hell during the French Revolution and Xavier’s sister Catherine has been put under a spell of voodoo by an evil man. There is a lot going on, a lot of detail that revolves around Xavier and Thomas, but not directly involving them. It was good, but I needed it to pick up the pace. I really am not a fan of taking so long to read a book and this one tested my resolve to get through it when the same theme was rotating in the middle. However, once they were all on the same page, I was fully engaged and read the last 25 percent straight through.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*