Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Dead Man Stalking
Author: T.A. Moore
Series: Blood and Bone #1
Heroes: Took & Madoc
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 260 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Agent Luke Bennett proved that humans could rise just as high in the ranks as their vampire colleagues—until a kidnapper held him captive for a year and turned him without his consent.
Now he’s Took: a reluctant monster afraid to bite anyone, broke, and about to be discharged from his elite BITERs unit.
When an old colleague suggests he consult on a BITERs case, Took has little to lose. The case is open and shut… but nothing is ever that easy. As he digs deeper, he discovers a lot more than one cold case is at stake, and if he wants to solve this one, he’ll need the help of the BITERs team. Even if that brings his old commander, Madoc, back into his life.
Holy cow, this book! I can’t even really express how much I enjoyed this one. I mean, I’m struggling to give my emotions on this one because I loved it so much, I just couldn’t get enough! I loved Took as a character and how damaged he was. It was interesting to see him struggle with being a vampire and having a chunk of his memory gone. Add to that, he couldn’t trust himself with anything so seeing him work through his problems a little at a time, really had me intrigued. My favorite character, though, was Madoc, hands down. I adored how much he loved Took to the point of leaving him alone to heal. I loved that Madoc, no matter that he wanted Took, was willing to help Took in any way. It was interesting to see the struggle Madoc had on not trying to push Took into anything while trying to understand who Took is now. The sexual tension between them was off the charts and I loved the push/pull between them. As a couple, they are definitely one of my favorites now!
I absolutely LOVED this book but I will say, at times, I was confused on what was going on, especially at first because it felt like we were already supposed to know the world and what was going on even though there wasn’t any explanations. It wasn’t until later in the book that things became clearer and I started to understand some of the words, actions and situations that seemed unique to this world. Add to that, I kind of have more questions than answers now and wish we had gotten a little more info to quench that curiosity.
All in all, this was an amazingly intriguing story. I was drawn in right from the start and just couldn’t put the book down. I loved how broken Took was and how understanding Madoc was. It was interesting to see the emotional development in Took and how Madoc tried so hard not to push him. I wished we had a little more answers to the questions I still have but, as it is, I couldn’t get enough of this one and can’t wait to see what happens next. I hope we don’t have to wait to long for the sequel!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*