- File Size: 2708 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Prescourt Books (November 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LZQZ3T5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bonfire (Hours of the Night Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Thaddeus Dupont is a 115-year-old vampire is spending the holidays on the Bayou with his 22-year-old assistant/boyfriend Sarasija trying to work through the issues in their fairly new relationship. Sara isn't sure Thad will want him to stay after his one-year contract is over and Thad isn't sure if Sara really wants to stay with him in such a solitary place. Thad is willing to do whatever is needed to make Sara happy, though, even put up with having a Christmas tree and lights at the house. However, their preparations are cut short when some ghostly lights appear in the swamp that seem to lead the people in the town to follow them. When eyes start turning towards Thad and Sara, they will have to find the source before something worse than some people being lost happens.
While they are as different from each other as oil and water, seeing as Thaddeus is a Catholic vampire with ties to some monks and Sara is an agnostic human with some interesting features (like he isn't affected by Thad's compulsion and power as the other people they come across are), they do seem to be perfect for one another. It was lovely to see Thad trying to make Sara happy even if he didn't quite share his feelings regarding Christmas and Sara is always trying to think ahead as to not hurt Thad or protect him from how others perceive the brooding vampire. They had great chemistry and I just loved them together, be it just spending time together or investigating or in bed. Never mind that having Thad use some terms of endearment in French definitely was a plus!.
All in all, this was a delightful Christmas story with a touch of mystery and a lot of the fascination that the Bayou holds, with two very lovable leads and a very interesting storyline that kept my attention until the last page. I can't wait to read more of Thad and Sara's adventures!
Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!
Because this was written as a holiday novella, it cannot have the scope, nor the mayhem, of its progenitor. And yet, Rancourt and Preston manage to give this small book a rich gumbo of plot, set in the isolated bayou River House built by Thaddeus’s family in the 19th century. Yes, there is a mystery involving magic – magic that unnerves even the unflappable Thaddeus. Yes, there is potential danger and violence. Yes, the setting of the bayou and river in the dark is exploited beautifully to send chills down the reader’s spine.
But what this book is really about is Thaddeus becoming more human because of Sara. This is by no means just a holiday-themed sop for the fans of “Vespers.” As the prose alternates between Thaddeus’ and Sara’s point of view, we delve into their hearts in this early stage of a relationship that has been earth-shaking for both of them. Thaddeus’ vampire powers, and his instinctive desire to disappear and be unknown, is presented in opposition to Sara’s outgoing 21st-century optimism. Each man finds the other bizarre and alluring, and both of them have to learn how to move forward, both in the small rural town in which they live, and in terms of how they see each other.
If “Vespers” seemed to be a kind of updated homage to Anne Rice’s sweeping New Orleans novels, “Bonfire” strikes me as a sort of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in gay vampire romance. Yes, I’m serious. I’m not going to claim that Rancourt and Preston’s writing is quite at that level of poetic beauty, but the story has the same sort of epic smallness that made “Mockingbird” so powerful.
What surprised me about this book is that is stands strongly as a whole book, not just a holiday treat. It is a must-read for those who have read “Vespers,” and its subtle emotional power will stay with you long after the Christmas decorations have been packed away.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thad and Sara are getting used to being a couple, planning a quiet, somewhat cheerful Christmas...Read more
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(It's a bit late for the 'advanced' part but these last weeks have been a mess, I apologize.)
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This was such a lovely entertaining novella with strong Christmas holidays vibes, paranormal mystery and romance.Read more
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