Published 5th December 2021
My rating: ⭐ ⭐
I received a copy of this book via Xpresso Tours in exchange for an honest review
Actual rating of 2.5
When Jane’s good friend and boss disappears after a gig, she’s left shell shocked and alone…again. So when the three smoking hot members of The Opressors – her boss’s opening act – approach her to be their manager on their upcoming tour, she almost says no…almost. But desperate times call for desperate measures, so packing up and hitting the road happens against her better judgement. The Opressors always made her nervous and spending so much time with them in close quarters is raising more questions than giving answers. Jane doesn’t feel like it’s safe to be this close to these men and she definitely thinks falling in love with one of them is a terrible idea, but if she did…what would happen? She’s dying to know.
I was in the mood for a good old fashioned vampire romance story, so when I saw this one and noticed it was based around a rock band of vampires, I couldn’t say no. However, it did fall a little bit short for me, and I just don’t know why.
The characters were well writte, all of them had their own distinct personalities and voices which is great. I did have a bit of a problem with the love interest – Liam – though. I really wanted to like him, he sounded attractive and his heart was in the right place, I just feel like he was written more like an obsessive, overbearing ex-boyfriend which was a major turn off and I found myself severely disliking his character, which was a shame. I understand that he was trying to look after Jane and he had other things that he was worrying about – cue his sire Marilyn – but he was just possessive, and not in a hot alphahole kind of way, more in a oh-my-god-can-you-please-just-back-off-for-a-bit way. I’m not sure even why this was, that’s just how he read to me. Busting down the door and invading Jane’s personal space when she’s trying to deal with something was one of the key moments that sticks in my mind. And don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against a possessive alphahole, I’m quite fond of them, this character just didn’t sit right with me. As I said earlier, he came across more like an obsessive, possessive ex-boyfriend than a hot, caring, protective lover. Jane also bugged me a little at times because she came across as a bit of a push over at times, I understand that her back story means that of course she’s going to come across as docile and agreeing but at times she felt like a very weak character which didn’t really work for me.
The story itself was well thought out though it did give me Queen of the Damned vibes, purely in the whole sire sleeping while the vampires form a band and sing songs that blatantly tell the audience what they truly are, even though they’d never pick up on the hints thrown their way. The interactions between the characters and the reasons behind the vampires striking out on their own trying to stay away from their sire was well thought out and I feel executed good. The story is very character driven which is great, and I did enjoy the characters of Liam’s friends and bandmates, and I feel that Gross did an amazing job at really cementing Marilyn as a terrifying being that you don’t want to cross or meet in a dark alley. This can be hard to do when we don’t actually meet this character until much later, so I applaud her for her ability in her craft to write a villian character so well through second hand information from other characters.
I did feel that the big climax showdown at the end was over pretty quick, which was a shame. And I could see the twist coming from virtually the beginning of the story. I feel like this story could have really shone for me had it been given a bit more of a chance to develop. I think it would have worked great as even a duology, giving the characters and events time to really be fleshed out and hit harder.
All in all there’s not too much I can say about the story without given too much away. Even though this book didn’t hit right for me, it was not a bad book, I’m in the minority with my views, and for that I’m glad. The story was intriguing even though at times predictable, and the characters were developed decently enough. I just feel like this story would have been so much better if it was given more pages to develop. If you’re in the mood for a quick, easy read about vampires, give this one a go, you just might love it.