Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price (audiobook)

Title:  Hemovore
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
My Rating: B
Narrator: Joel Leslie

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Mark and Jonathan
Release Date: September 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: JCP Books
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Listening Length: 10 hours and 25 minutes

Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section…. Didn’t happen. Not even once.

Jonathan Varga is an enigma. True, he’s quiet, generous, and scrupulously polite. But he has zero social life, refuses to be interviewed or photographed, and insists he can only consume feline blood.

Why supermarket blood won't suffice, Mark hasn’t asked. He’s rarely at a loss for words—he can dish an insult and follow it with a snap as quick as you can say “Miss Thang.” But one look at Jonathan’s black-as-sin gypsy eyes, and Mark’s objections drain away.

So he endures the perpetual grind of their routine: Jonathan hiding in his studio, swiping black paint onto black canvases. Mark hurling insults while he buffs the office to a shine with antiviral wipes. Each of them avoiding the other in a careful choreography…until a blurb in Art in America unleashes a chain of harrowing events.

As secrets from Jonathan’s past are brought to light, it becomes clear that all his precautions weren’t nearly enough.

Second expanded edition includes bonus novelette Sweet

My Review:
Overall: 3.75
Performance: 4.0

Story: 3.5

This story is so incredibly creative. In this world, vampires have come about from a highly contagious virus. No one is more aware of that virus's potential than Mark, who works as a personal assistant to Jonathan, a vampire artist. Mark is fastidious in his cleaning to make sure that nothing is ever left with germs from Jonathan. He's very OCD.

This entire book is told from Mark's pov. He's had a crush on Jonathan for years, but can't risk the virus, so it's a crush from afar. But when life changes very drastically for the two men, all those feelings that they've both been denying come to the forefront...just as a result of all the stress. 

This is a story where the romantic relationship doesn't happen for a long, long time. It was a VERY slow build. It's also really hard to get to know Jonathan because the story is only told inside Mark's pov. Overall, it worked, because the story is incredibly interesting. I need a dual pov though. The single kept the story from being as satisfying for me without it.

But I do recommend the audiobook. Joel Leslie always does a good job and his accents in this one were spot-on delicious! 

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