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Demons and Lullabies (Volume 2) Paperback – August 20, 2012
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Kallysten’s most exciting accomplishment to date was to cross a few thousand miles and an ocean to pursue (and catch!) the love of her life. She has been writing for fifteen years, and always enjoyed sharing her stories and listening to the readers' reactions. After playing with science fiction, short stories and poetry, she is now trying her hand, heart and words at paranormal romance novels. To see her other stories, including free short stories and sample chapters, visit http://kallysten.net
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Not long after he moves and begins to set his life up again, including his Special Forces business (which takes care of `bad' vampire who kill humans) Nicholas his wayward Childe (a human that he turned into a vampire) and ex-lover comes back into his life.
Nicholas and Andrew's relationship starts back again and through the book we see both snap shots of their and their son Jacob's life.
But at the time Jacob was born--demons started appearing everywhere, the first sighting really close to their old house. The coincidence does not go unnoticed by Andrew and is only highlighted by the fact that it is pretty much impossible for a vampire and human to have a baby. Andrew believes that magic may have had some part in it and that Cara may have unintentionally opened up the way for the demons.
I do not think I have ever read a book like this. Not one that just highlights snapshots of characters life.
Now when I say snapshots you may be thinking really short chapters about random things in one book (kind of like an anthology maybe) but that is not it at all. We start with Jacobs's birth and have a full chapter on this and then full chapters on each years of his life up until he is seventeen. Of course Jacob is not the sole focus of the book we get both Andrew's and Nicholas' point-of-view as well.
I loved how we got everything in the snapshots and though I would have loved to have some of them much longer so I could see what happened afterward I would not have it any other way! We get Jacob growing up, having to hide the fact that his fathers' are vampires, his fear when they hunt demons and his desire to do the same.
No matter how is fathers' try to dissuade him he's determined to follow in their footsteps and help them, especially when he finds out more about how he was conceived and that it may be directly linked to the demons' appearance in their world.
We also get both Andrew's and Nicholas' love for him, their fears and protectiveness of him, disagreements, and fights and then we also get just Nicholas and Andrew... I will only give you one guess as to what they were doing. ;)
Kallysten writes a wonderfully erotic sex scene and those are parts I definitely would not have minded if they had been longer. Lol
After reading this book I am very curious as to what the first book Fangs and Lullabies is about, it seems (from the description) to also be about Jacob's birth, Andrew and Nicholas. So I am defiantly looking forward to picking it up and seeing what it is about.
Through this is the second book of The Demons Age series I was never once confused or felt like I was missing something, Kallysten's goal to make this book readable as a stand-alone novel was very successful so don't fret if you have this book but not the first yet!
Overall I completely loved this book (and desperately hope it is going to be in paperback--I want it on my bookshelf so I can pick it up again!) The character development is smooth and very obvious, the plot both interesting and engaging, it was very fast paced for me; I read it in just one sitting. Seeing Jacob grow and learn from both of his fathers' POV and Jacob's well was both very inventive and unique for me and not something I have ever heard (or read) done before. Come to mention it I can not think of one single book that is anything like Demons and Lullabies.
Both unique heartwarming and at times erotic Demons and Lullabies is a keeper, and in my opinion a must read of 2012 for anyone who love both male/male and paranormal romance. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great male/male read.
*I received a hardcover/paperback/eBook copy/ARC of this book for free to review from the author/publisher/tour site; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.
Heat Rating: 4 out of 5
Andrew, Nicholas and Jacob are quite the unique family. Not only did Jacob have two fathers but they were also vampires. The latter was something that had to be kept a secret though because vampires weren't allowed to raise children - even if there was a biological link between them. And even though Andrew was a vampire, there was that biological link between him and Jacob. As impossible as it sounds, somehow the human woman that Andrew had loved and cherished for 20 years, Cara, had managed to conceive and give birth to his child before she passed away.
Demons and Lullabies is written in the same unique style as it's predecessor, Fangs and Lullabies. They're both written in a way that is completely different than anything else I've read. Each chapter is dedicated to a year in Jacob's life. Through these "snapshots" we watch Jacob grow up as well as Andrew and Nicholas learning how to be fathers. We also see the relationship between Andrew and Nicholas change over the years. As they share the years together raising Jacob their relationship grows into something more than Sire and Childe.
All of the males in Demons and Lullabies are simply wonderful. Andrew is an overprotective father who worries too much. Heck, he might have even passed that trait on to Jacob.
"He just couldn't help worrying.... and he entirely blamed Andrew for it: whether worrying too much was a genetic trait or something learned, his father was definitely the culprit."
He's also kind of uptight. Nicholas on the other hand loves to joke around. He's the "fun" dad. And Jacob? Well... he's the best of both of them. He's compassionate, caring, courageous, responsible and insightful. I'm totally in love with him. Like seriously, if it was possible I'd dive into the book so I could try to seduce him LOL. I think it's fabulous that Kallysten can make her characters seem so real.
In Fangs and Lullabies I felt that something was off. When I read Demons and Lullabies I figured out what it was. It was Cara. Cara, Jacob's mother, was missing. Yes, the first book talked about her but in this book we get a much more comprehensive view of her. Of course Andrew was still uber sensitive about her. His inability to have an in depth conversation about her is one of the few faults that I can point out in his fathering.
Another thing that we get a better view of in D&L is the demons. And, well, with the demons came more action as well as some clues as to why they suddenly appeared. Let's just say that if Jacob wanted to fight demons like his fathers when he grew up, that desire only intensified when he came to some conclusions about his conception.
I thought Fangs and Lullabies was great but Demons and Lullabies totally rocked! The snapshots in it only amplified what was already an extraordinary tale. This unique family and the love that binds them is something that I can't get enough of.
P.S. The first words that came to mind when I finished this book? Utter contentment.
You might also want to check out Fangs and Lullabies (The Demons Age)