Series: The Garden of Elich, #2
Author: Leontii Holender
Length: Novella (126pgs)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand (24th July 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2½ – 3 Hearts
Blurb: Sivney Forsàidh is a vampire with a sordid past. As one of the main forces of a paranormal investigation in Rome, he has a full plate that rarely gives him time to think about anything outside of work. He has spent too many years alone, and has trouble seeing a life that revolves around anything other than solitude.
Kyrien has lived his entire life in his uncle’s shadow. He struggles constantly with the knowledge he was made into a vampire solely for the purpose so another can discover his existence. He opens a popular nightclub named Calamity and focuses on little else. He resigns himself to eventually being revealed to his mate—or not, as the years that pass come to show.
A rash of crime breaks out across the holy city and brings the duo ever closer. They try and soothe their solitude with each other. The bodies start to pile up, and the ghosts of the past show their faces. These two must fight to stay together, and keep their newfound life together from falling apart.
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Review: This story is part of a series and is best read in order. Sivney is a vampire with a rough past; he has spent many years alone. He spends most of his time working for the Garden and upholding the laws. Kyrien has lived for many years knowing that he was chosen for a vampire, he has waited for that vampire to come to him knowing the man is his mate, his Anima Coeunt. When the two vampires meet they struggle to connect, but Sivney discovers he might have bigger worries on his hands when Newborn vampires start to turn up feeding indiscriminately. As Sivney and Kyrien begin their relationship, they discover that their pasts may be connected to the murders.
This is quite a good storyline that starts out strong but quickly falters. Sivney lost his beloved many years ago, since then he has lived alone focusing on working. Kyrien was approached and changed because of his connection to Sivney’s beloved, but he has been kept off the radar until Sivney is ready for love again. Sivney isn’t sure how to react when he first meets Kyrien but decides to give Kyrien a chance. When the appearance of Newborns around Kyrien’s club has The Garden leading an investigation, Sivney knows Kyrien isn’t involved. As their relationship heats up a ghost from the past emerges and Sivney is horrified.
Although I found the storyline good and that the relationship between Sivney and Kyrien is hot and very involved, I found the back-story very hard to get a grip of. Early on, we are told how much Sivnay loved Johann and that Johann was Sivney’s Anima Coeunt but later when Kyrien is brought into the picture we are told that Sivney may have been mistaken but it all smacks of convenience. The mystery of where the Newborns come from and their purpose is quite good, but the culprits are again convenient.
There are some very good bits in this story as we learn about the various vampires and their roles, the relationship between Sivney, Kyrien is hot, and their connection is instant. We get a lot of information about The Garden and its history that bogs the story down in places but it is still a pretty good story.
I will recommend this to those that love paranormal connections and stories and history that go back centuries, discovering a new love, plenty of hot sex, a good storyline and danger emerging.