Title: Stephan’s Monster
Series: Vampires of Vadin 02
Author: Shelby Rhodes
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: Novella (175pgs)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand (13th December 2017)
Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Jayden knows he’s a monster. The people he killed were horrible, but it didn’t change what he was. And being taken in by Stephan Everwood at fifteen hadn’t changed his homicidal tendencies. Yet ten years later he finds himself struggling to be someone he’s not. Then, despite thinking he lost most of his emotions years ago, Jayden discovers that not only is he not as empty inside as he thought, but that his monster is more present than ever before.
Stephan freely admits he has some issues. His self-doubts could be unrelenting and Stephan’s need to fix things tended to go too far. It blinded him to Jayden’s struggles. In the end his refusal to listen to what Jayden was trying to tell him has unfortunate results. When Stephan finally accepts who Jayden is, he must also face all that he had locked away inside.
Their difficulties brought them together. Their love healed them. And when the past tries to tear them apart, their darkness saved them.
Review: Stephan a lydus blood elf, takes in Jayden, a vampire with a burning rage and unique abilities. Jayden is a killer. But he only kills those that deserve it. Along the way he realizes he has feelings for Stephan which confuse him as he has only felt hatred and rage until then.
Stephan for his part may look sweet and innocent but when he is in a rage he unleashes power unlike anything anyone else has encountered. Both these men have had horrible abuse done to them as children and my heart went out to them both. I found that I liked them both as the story progressed. Stephan helped Jayden as much as he could. While at the same time Jayden helped Stephan.
Although this story has it’s dark moments I was still enthralled with plot. I could not put it down until the very end. Excellent addition to the series and highly recommended.