Vampire Boss by Emily Cane (Paranormal Roommates #2)

Vampire boss

Vampire Boss: Paranormal Roommates Book Two
by Emily Cane

Paranormal Romance

365 Pages

Book #2 Paranormal Roommates series

Published on 8th February 2022

Purchase from | Amazon AU | Amazon US | Amazon UK |

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My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating of 4.5

Charly has one job at the moment. Get her life back together and get on track to making something worthwhile of herself. But when she starts her new job at her brother’s company, she runs into her weekend hookup who is introduced as her brother’s partner – Gabriel Renard. Now she’s going to have to try her damned hardest to ignore the pull she feels towards Gabriel if she wants to make her brother happy. And as much as Gabriel feigns indifference, he also feels the pull, even though he’s gotten his predator under control, something about Charly brings it to the surface again. So for her sake and the sake of his business, he must keep things professional. Can they really ignore a pull this strong?

I was lucky enough to read an ARC of the first Paranormal Roommates book, which was a cute sunshine/storm cloud romance that made me smile. So I was ecstatic to find the ARC for this instalment in my inbox last week!

First off I want to make a point at how different the Paranormal Roommates stories are to each other. While they’re similar at the core, a couple fighting against everything to try and stay away from each other while we watch a romance build and blossom, they’re both very different from each other. I found the first book to be very cozy and sweet, while this book was primal, darker, and had a lot more of a sense of urgency to it. I love the juxtaposition between the two, and I think that so far, this one is my favourite of the series.

We get to meet Gabriel in book 1, but we don’t see much of him, this book allowed us to really get a feel for him as a character and he turned out so much different to what I was expecting! As a secondary character he came across as very logical, put together, and in control, where as a primary character we got to see the struggles that he faces daily, the issues that keep cropping up and that he has to deal with and we also learnt a lot more about his past and his family, which I thought was brilliant. I loved his character being so rounded out and I loved getting to know him. I absolutely adored Charly’s character, she’s a woman after my own heart. I love that she’s a metal head and she made me nostalgic for my clubbing days (I used to attend metal clubs twice a week for many years), I could really relate to her aesthetic. I also loved that she was so flawed. She’s been through some stuff, and while she is a strong character, she does have her moments of severe weakness and compliance even when it’s detrimental to herself. She has issues that she’s trying to work through all the while trying to be someone that her remaining family can be proud of. I didn’t hate her brother, but I didn’t love him either, I feel like he didn’t give her much credit, he was so sure that if he didn’t help her she’d end up in a ditch somewhere, unable to take care of herself and that really irked me about him, and don’t even get me started on her father, that man made me RAGE! I feel like the character building and development, as well as the relationship building, really lends credit to Cane’s ability in her craft. Being able to write a secondary character (Charly’s father) that we pretty much meet once and have nothing to do with, but he can still elicit such strong emotions is a master stroke.

The story itself is a romance at heart, but it’s not an easy one. There were many times that I had to remind myself that this is marketed as a romance, so we would be getting a HEA, but there were times I actually questioned if this was possible. There is a tiny hint of mystery here when it comes to a dragon and breach, and there’s also the underlying story behind Gabriel’s brother and his intentions. This felt like a very character driven story to me, which is great, I love strong characters that have so much personality it feels like they’re actually standing beside me telling me their story. There is a sense of urgency that I felt was much stronger in this instalment than the first, and I also found this story to be a touch darker, which I absolutely loved. I prefer to read darker stories, so that worked brilliantly for me.

I don’t want to go into too much detail because I don’t want to give anything away. But all in all, this was a great addition to this series and I feel like it really illustrates the scope of Cane’s writing ability. To be able to create two similar stories that were so different to each other in so many ways is brilliant; while still having the same world and us having cameos from the first book’s characters that stayed true to their personalities. I do believe that Cane is a writer to watch and I am looking forward to reading about Kai! I’m so excited to get to know her more and I can’t wait.

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