Reviewed by ReadsLate
Author: Jet Lupin
Heroes: Phil and Shige
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 249 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Dinner, drinks, and dancing sounds like a fun night out, but not to Phil. His ideal way to spend a Friday evening is on the couch with his dog and some take out. When he finds himself away from home on his first night out in months, he gets more than he bargained for in the attention of a handsome stranger. He doesn’t usually entertain these kinds of pickups, but when he winds up saying yes instead of his usual no, he ends up with more than the guy’s phone number.
Breaking a long hiatus with a night on the town was what Shige thought he needed, but he wound up with so much more. He’s attracted to the one guy in the club who looked like he doesn’t want to be there, he can’t leave him alone. He wants more from their encounter than what he usually gets. But will fate, and his dangerous secret, let someone like him, have what even he won’t admit he craves?
If you like Twilight but wanted more vampire, and like 50 Shades of Gray but wanted less tragic-Christian back story, Nasu is your next read.
Phil is a 30 year old, nurse still smarting from being dumped two years ago. On his first night out after some time, he meets Shige, a mysterious man, he’s very attracted to. After a couple clumsy dates, which demonstrate the couple’s potential, there is a life-changing altercation. Thrust into a world, he scarcely believes, let alone understands, Phil is torn between the risks to his life and his undeniable feelings for Shige.
Shige is more than what he seems but even his centuries of existence haven’t prepared him for Phil. Although a seasoned medical professional, Phil has still managed to keep some of his naivete—reminiscent of Bella and Anastasia. Phil’s good heart and kind nature, unsettle the worldly Shige. Shige is a more multifaceted and haughtier composite of Edward and Christian.
When a former associate, makes a daring power move, Shige and Phil muster all their strength and are forced to face their feelings for one another in a final showdown not unlike Edward and Bella facing off with the Volturi.
If you’re not a fan of 50 Shades of Twilight, or just somehow unfamiliar, Nasu offers a suspenseful, gay, paranormal romance. Phil is sweet and unassuming, though naïve for a 30-year-old nurse. Shige is a broody Prince Charming, worldly and rich, who falls for the demure Phil. Their will-they-or-won’t-they, and should-I-or-shouldn’t-I is less enthralling than the outside danger that they face. This paranormal world, featuring vampires, doesn’t seem to be actively competing to outdo all the others which for this reader is a very good thing. I would like to see what else Jet Lupin can do with this universe, as he’s actively working on a follow-up.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*