4.5 Chocolate kisses
Fresh from college and with no real work experience, Victoria Westernly considers herself lucky to land the coveted position of personal assistant to Darien Ritter, the CEO and owner of a multibillion-dollar company. His busy schedule and eccentric ways are enough to keep her on her toes. But, all is not what it seems when she discovers the handsome man employing her just happens to be the most powerful vampire in the area.
This is the first book in The Ancient Fire Series
This is part one of two. The original book was divided due to length.
From the start of the book, I could tell that this was going to be interesting and I read it and could not put it down and then got the second part right away. I like my books longer than the two of them individually, generally speaking, but found myself satisfied with the story even though it was less than 300 pages. The world building was subtle and you see more of it in book two, but it is not – not there. As the world changed for the female lead character it changed for the reader. I felt myself taken on a journey and her reactions to this new opening world was amusing and thought provoking. I took a moment and asked myself, what would I do?
And then I began to wonder about how we got from Dracula to this place where Vampires did what they did in this book. None were sparkling by the way, but none ripped your throat out and drank you dry. At least not in book 1. This is not a negative aspect of the book, but it just got me thinking and I suppose it had to be Anne Rice who started the whole romantic Vampire with Louis in ‘Interview with a Vampire’.
If you like slow burn romance then this one fits the bill. No rush in that department and I wish more writers of series would considered this. It makes for excellent romantic tension. And no erotica was even better. This is one of the books that show that you can have a satisfying romance without jumping into bed every 5 pages. I like my paranormal romance without erotica and that seems very hard to find these days.
On the whole it was not what I expected and thought to read a bit, put it down, sleep and in a couple of days, read some more. I couldn’t put the book down until I finished. So there. That says it all.
5+++ Chocolate Kisses
Now this book I simply just love. On the surface, it seems like a very simple story. But there quite alot going on in the story. So far in book 1 we have the Others who are the terra indigene and humans. Within humans we have some sub categories which have been forgotten by most of the human population; one being the cassandra sangue or the Blood Prophets.
I do not want to do spoilers for the book, so read no further if you do not want that.
I reread both books in the series a total of 3 times because I just couldn’t get enough. There was something about the world building that just blew me away and I think I have found the answer as to a cause of that. Generally the humans in the book were a bunch of entitled people who did not live in the reality of their situation in Thaisia. They wanted more and more and when they pushed the boundaries pass reason, they cried victim when something bad happened to them. They thought their technology entitled them to be over the terra indigene and that they were better than them. They were bigots pure and simple. it reminds me of the present world where the entitled seem to be quite ignorant of certain things.
This is generally speaking. Individual humans that we met in the two novels showed that not everyone thought that way and these humans worked on bridging that gap for human survival because a few enlightened humans understood their situation and were not ignorant of history. I look forwards to knowing more about the human Burke and what he really knows and hopefully that will be in book 3.
It is also a story of transformation of the relationship between the humans and the terra indigene and we see that through the character of Simon. In such a short time he changed after meeting Meg and to me he was ripe for the changing. It was a delight to watch that happen.
The elephant in the room for me was how will they get to the point where they can live together and when will humanity realize that just because someone does not look like you or have a different culture that it does not mean that they are less than you and when will the terra indigene realize that humans are not just meat.
Book 1 is a bit more fast pace than book 2 but as a reader, that was fine by me. The slower action made room for some added information that was needed at that point. Both are the most excellent of reads.
There is romance that I find most enjoyable. The slow burn. How that turns out…. I guess I will just have to wait until the next book to see what happens.