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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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Andrew and Nicholas have a sweet, loving relationship, with a slight D/s twist: Andrew is Nick's vampire sire and, while Nick doesn't always do as he's told, he has an innate need to make Andrew happy. Together they raise Jacob, Andrew's biological son, conceived and born through magic and mystery. On the night of Jacob's birth, his mother's heart stopped beating just as he was born, then the demon sightings began... always in proximity to Jacob or the city he was born in.
The story skips through time and highlights moments from Jacob's childhood and the relationship between his two dads as they defend unsuspecting humans against near-constant demon attacks. Initially, the story switches between Andrew's and Nicholas's point of view, exploring their bond and narrating Jacob's early years from an outside perspective. Once Jacob is old enough to talk and toddle, we're treated to some endearingly adorable and surprisingly mature thoughts and get to see his fathers from a new perspective, highlighting some of the more subtle aspects of their partnership.
As precocious and precious as Jacob is as a child, it is exciting and unexpectedly compelling to watch him grow into a sweet, strong young man with excellent judgement, a level head, and a heart of gold. Seeing him with his first love, his first demon kill, learning the hard way how to deal with judgmental peers, developing his defensive skills and protective personality... it's all so smooth and flowing and endearing that I don't care that the battle scenes aren't blow-by-blow and the sex scenes tend toward sensual rather than erotic. This is a story about a boy who shouldn't exist, his unusual family unit, and the brilliant ribbons of his life as he becomes a man. Demons and Lullabies is a life story, rich and fulfilling. Its paranormal aspects take somewhat of a backseat to the characters' relationships and the flowing passage of time, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
While there is certainly a good amount of demon fighting and fangy love bites happening in the periphery of this story, the focus is on love and family bonds and the challenges of growing up with two dads who happen to be traditional vampires. Some of the scenes with Jacob as a child really squeezed my heart, made me feel what he was feeling. I usually don't care for stories with kids in them, but in Demons & Lullabies it didn't bother me at all. I was so caught up in the heart of this touching story that the lack of action and smut rarely crossed my mind. Oh there's sex and it's fairly steamy, but it's not overly explicit or gratuitous; it enhances the mens' relationship rather than defining it.
As soon as this book ended, I thought "this better be a series!" I didn't want it to end and am looking forward to seeing Jacob grow into his adulthood fighting beside his fathers. When I said this to author Kallysten, she reassured me that there is indeed a story about Jacob's adult journey, called One Last Lullaby. Demons & Lullabies is a captivating, enriching story and is a recommended read!
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Let me start off by saying that this is very much a story of a family and how they navigate the difficulties that are encountered as a family. That being said - this is a `non-traditional' family, with a homosexual relationship at the forefront of the sexual activities, and if that concept is not something you are comfortable with, you may have difficulties reading this book. During the sex scenes, and the occasional homophobic comments addressed to the child, Jacob, are the only times you note a difference in this family from any other you could pick up off the street. Well, perhaps there is another difference, both Andrew (the biological father) and Nicholas (his progeny, lover and co-parent) are vampires, and manage an agency that eradicates demons that are suddenly appearing in their area.
The author has created a series of vignettes that essentially take one year of Jacob's life, and distill it into the `highlights' of the moment and put those into a chapter. We start with Jacob as an infant, and watch Andrew deal with the grief at the loss of his wife, and the joy and fear he feels with having a son to raise. By the time we have reached Jacob's heading to school, you are so engrossed in the story, and so attuned to his fears as well as those worries his Dads hold that it literally becomes impossible to put the book down. What's amazing to me after reading the book is that the author managed to develop 3 characters in a way that makes them tangible and complete - without major holes in their personalities, even though we are really just sort of `checking in' on them every year or so for 18 years. I just realized that this was the second in a series, yet this book stands alone proudly, and is one of the better books that mixed plot with erotic content that I have read this year. I should talk more about the paranormal content, but even it was buried within the more dominant storyline of the love and growth in a family.
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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.Fangs and Lullabies (The Demons Age)Read more