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The story took a lot of twists and turns and I must say, I didn't catch on to what was revealed near the end until it was in progress. Poor Alain. The sacrifice he made for love 12 years earlier broke my heart. I'm SO glad that that heartache was all memories and not something we had to experience with Alain and then jump ahead 12 years later and see the result of his choices. I would have been a mess of tears.
I do wish there had been quite a bit more romance (lots more!) and intimate moments with Cris and Alain. There was only one sex scene in this book. The vast majority of time was spent chasing demons and vampires, the romance part of it, unfortunately, felt like it was background music. I have to add here that there is an incubus scene that I thought was great Creepy, since yes, it's an incubus and they're soul suckers, and they want to kill, but it was also enlightening for Alain and Cris...and hot!
The violence and blood and gore got to be too much for me (especially the demon encounter at the end), but the story was good and interesting, and I enjoyed Lotario and I really started to like Luca.
I didn't expect the ending and I'm still not sure what to think of it. The unknown aspect of it leaves me uneasy. It wasn't a cliffhanger exactly, but it does leave a lot of wondering about what the future will bring.
A spate of suspicious deaths point to murders by vampires, even though there has been a kind of truce with the Roman nest for years. Alain and his partner are beset by a new leader of the group of vampires, and perhaps a rogue vampire, and demons, who might have allied with vampires even though they are typically enemies. Added to this is despite Alain's loss of his love a dozen years past, Christophe Hasse, a newly arrived guard, has been assigned to him to mentor, causing erotic dreams after vows to never love again.
Demons and ghouls and vamps are true monsters in this world, although there are plenty of grey areas, too. Alain and others have had their faith shaken despite working for the Pope. And there is corruption within Vatican City. But the alignment of good/evil is still definitely with God vs. Lucifer/Demons. I'm not religious and I thoroughly enjoyed this story as a strictly paranormal/dark-fantasy/horror/suspense/adventure. Alain and Chris and others don't have a problem with their sexual orientation, which is interesting. Well, this IS an alternate universe story, after all!
I can't wait to read more in this series.
Absolutely awesome: Swiss guards like I never thought of them, some cool mumbojumbo, and lot of sigils everywhere.
NOTE: at times it feels like a proper roman setting, but the Italian is atrocious, is Maddalena (non medelene) and we drink espressos, not 'cup of coffees'. (What are we, Americans?)
I'll still buy the second, but for the story more than the ship. (And no, no one is wearing priest suits in my version)