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I went into this thinking it was m/m paranormal, but it turned out to be all inclusive with whatever. Having said this, the sex was never the main event, the story was strong enough to be the central driver, and the characters were written with such skill. If you've read Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners, you'll know what I mean. I'm also going to throw another name I respect completely, which is PC Pacat - this book is on par with her dark and compelling fantasy. If she wrote a vampire/Succubis war trilogy, this would be her baby.
Loved this, completely original vampire lore to anything I've read yet, and I was on the edge of my seat with twists and turns, there is no way of predicting what is going to happen next. I look forward to continuing with beautiful Matthew's story, and recommend book friends to try it. The amazing ratings stand up!!
To be honest, I started reading this book for a few reasons (Vampires, four-plus star rating by 200+people, AND M/M subject matter), but continued reading because Jex Lane made it utterly impossible to not turn to that next page and read that next chapter. Her characters are dynamic and unique, making it easy to separate the multitude of colorful personalities you will meet throughout the books. Lane has a magical, and sometimes infuriating, talent to paint a world filled with shades of GREY. Nothing, about her realistic settings or rippling effect of plot twists are simple black and white. You will find yourself loving the "bad-guys" and hating "allies". The main character Mathew will enjoy the highest of highs and suffer the lowest of lows, and with him your emotions will back-flip, front-flip, and even lie completely still in anticipation for what will happen next.
Beautiful Monsters Vol. 1:
The story starts off with a bang, introducing you to Mathew (the main character) and Tarrick (could be considered most secondary main character). Lane immediately immerses you into her supernatural world. Peeking your interest with a creative twist on some species (vampires and incubi) that you thought you had already known. The, clearly unhealthy and still hot as hell, relationship between Mathew and Tarrick is so intriguing you often switch from rooting for Mathew to make a move to mentally willing him to get as far away as he can. This complex hurricane of character alliances and hidden agendas was unlike any other I've ever read (and I've read plenty). To top the dramatic sway of emotions, Lane, created a perfect protagonist. I found myself loving, feeling, and siding with Mathew throughout the entire book. For the most part, his decisions and actions were on par with what I would've have done/felt; and even when he did something I slightly disagreed with I could still understand why he did it (it's just not what I would have done). Of course let's not forget the erotic scenes, which I felt were nicely paced, sexy as all get out and on point with the plot line. (Side note: Just for the record, this book consists of M/M and M/F erotic situations. All scenes will certainly satisfy any reader) And finally, Lane leaves us with a never boring ending and one final plot twist to ensnare you into NEEDING MORE!
Ultimately I give Captive: Beautiful Monsters Vol.1 a five stars out of five because it checks off most, if not all, of my boxes. It was action packed, creative, complex, INSANELY interesting and erotic to the bone. If Mathew was a real person and I happened to be stuck in his world, I'd like to believe we'd get along. Lord knows I already feel for him and his past tragedies. Give volume one a try and I can almost guarantee you will be seeking out volume 2. Thank you Jex Lane for filling a few hours of my life with adventure, drama, and romance. Can't wait to read more.
The plot itself I am sure has been summarized multiple times, but here's my take: a fledgling, orphaned vampire (Matthew) is captured by an incubus (Tarrick) and a team of vampire hunters. Unbeknownst to Matthew, incubii and vampires are at war, and he just got caught up in it. At first he hates his captors, but he begins to grow fond of them eventually, and decides to work to win their trust and affection. Of course, things don't go quite as planned. Much of the book is developed to character building, and describing the world of the incubii. The world-building and character development were really some of the greatest strengths this book had going for it.
I am very excited for the sequel, Sire, and can't wait to find out what happens next.
The way it is written just gets to you. There is lots of emotions who get to you (yes I even cried) and it never lets you go. It's never boring, it has a great speed at which things are developing and not some confusing jumps from present into past and back. Sure, there are flashbacks that explain feelings and situations but you stay present.
I really like how the characters are developing and the depth given to them. We learn new things about over time which explain behavior and actions. The main characters are very "alive" and I could relate to them at certain points even though they are from a fantasy world.
I got so into this world and Matthews way I couldn't put down my reader to go to bed knowing I had work in the morning. So very short nights for me during this book. Great story, I honestly can't wait for the next one and read how Matthew's fate is turning out. Also, hopefully, it's not going over to many books because I truly hope this "tearing" him up in every way possible is one day coming to an end. Even if it has to be his death should he not get a happy end but I hope (even though they are great) not to have to read to many more books in this series.
I can only suggest this book to you. Well written. Fantasy, love, emotions, family, heartbreak, win and loss and so many things more.