One night can change everything…
Jesse Sykes has lived far longer than his youthful appearance suggests. Becoming a vampire after tragedy struck seemed the only option when his soul was shattered, after all he’s no stranger to having to hide what he is from the rest of the world. But eternal life isn’t without problems or heartache.
With a good job and great friends, Ian Moreton’s life would be almost perfect—if only he wasn’t in love with his best friend. His feelings are unrequited, and in an effort to move on, he takes a chance on a one-night stand with the handsome stranger he meets in a bar.
Jesse knows the risks of becoming attached to a human, but with neither of them looking for anything serious, where’s the harm? At least, that’s what Jesse thinks until his chemistry with Ian proves off the charts.
A second hook-up solidifies their connection…and brings Jesse to his senses. He scrambles to protect Ian from danger, but it’s already too late. With Ian unwittingly drawn into a world he knows nothing about, events are set in motion that will change both of their lives forever, and it’s up to Jesse to steer them safely through it.
It doesn’t matter what Jacobs writes, she rocks it. The last book I read from her was bittersweet. I was struggling to accept the reality that The Regent’s Park Pack ended and was wondering how I could move on with her bookshelf. Apparently, the answer was vampires. I began this tale without reading the blurb (not something I do with many authors) and was pleasantly surprised to discover bloodsuckers. Yep. I love me some vamps. If you enjoyed her phenomenal shifter series, I will confidently gamble that you will enjoy this story as well. They are vastly different but share similar undertones. The way Ian was introduced to the supernatural world ran in parallel lines and there were clearly good vamps and evil vamps, much like the good vs evil with my favorite Pack. The writing was superb and I was engaged from the first few pages. This book felt complete but I could certainly read more from this newfound world. If there’s any possibility for another bite, count me in!
I can always count on Jacobs to bring solid (and sexy) characters to the party. Yes, I consider her stories a celebration. It was easy to fall for both Ian and Jesse. Their chemistry was instantaneous. A slight smolder ignited and burst into flames. Well, on second thought, Jesse is rather combustible and we should steer clear from potential risks (aka the sun). Nevertheless, it doesn’t take much to fuel their fire. Too bad Jesse can’t stoke it again and again. He can play but he’s not allowed to keep. Speaking of keeping, Peter wishes to hold onto something (or someone) that doesn’t belong to him. Peter sired Jesse many moons ago and despises the distance Jesse has recently placed between them. I hated Peter with every fiber of my being. Jacobs excels with her vicious monster in this tale. He is absolutely dreadful. On the other hand, everyone else is delightful. I adored both female besties and Ian’s other bestie, Blake, eventually grew on me. The cast was lovely, the plot was thick and the action kept rolling…lots to like.
There’s a reason that AJ is one of my go-to, automatic, one-click authors. Her voice is clear and strong and whisks me into her world. I adored the setting and smoothly slipped right in. She blends humor, heat and sweet. The vampire world building was typical but the history sets this story apart from the others. Piece by piece, we discover the truth and some layers sting more than others. I enjoyed several second-string characters so much, I almost wish this was a series and we were allowed a closer look. For as much that was packed in, it still had intimates touches. I loved how careful Jesse was. I loved how accepting Ian was. I adored how protective Lys was. I enjoyed how endearing Cate was. And I couldn’t get enough of Raph. I was a bit disappointed in a poor decision he made but even coven leader’s make mistakes. This story felt full and left me happy. And honestly, what’s not to love about that?
A repulsive creep that deserves a stake straight through his black heart. Unconventional creatures living up to conventional standards. Marvelous MC’s that are sure to melt your heart. And a soul-soothing ending.
If you crave vampires and fancy PNR, put this on your list. And if you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing Jacobs superior skills, Wounded Soul is a great place to start.