Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This is the 9th book in this series (technically it’s the 3rd of SPECTR 2, but since you can’t really read SPECTR 2 without SPECTR 1, I think of it as a continuation), and the best thing about it was knowing there will be more coming! This book concludes with more loose ends than most of the others, but it is by no means a cliffhanger. A new character is introduced (no spoilers, but it’s gonna be good!) that I am pretty sure will be featured strongly in the upcoming installments.
For those who have not been reading this series, this review may not make much sense. I highly recommend the entire series, and the books are all quite short – less than 100 pages – so they are quick reads. What keeps me coming back is the uniqueness of the paranormal aspect of the main love relationship. John is an agent for SPECTR – the government agency responsible for eliminating non-human entities, AKA demons, from our world. His lover Caleb is possessed by a powerful vampire spirit, Grey, but the two share the body equally. It makes for a fascinating 3 way relationship (and sex!) I love how Grey maintains his non-human perspective, even as he learns about human emotions and society, and Drinker of Blood highlights that “otherness” even more.
This book builds upon the tensions introduced in the last two books – their boss at SPECTR, Barillo, is increasingly antagonistic and his fear and hatred of Grey/Caleb (and not a little homophobia) are becoming too much for even John to smooth over. Caleb has joined the Paranormally Abled Support System, but has to hide Grey from them, so John and Zahira are truly the only people who know and support Caleb/Grey. Although the love between John, Caleb, and Grey remains strong, outside influences are becoming intolerable. Defeating the monster du jour is almost a side plot to the building strain, and inevitable crisis. Maybe in the next book?
Finally, I love how this author incorporates some excellent secondary characters. Zahira continues to shine in this book, and I can’t wait to see more of the new character. Who, by the way, is going to put even more stress upon the John/Caleb/Grey relationship in the next book, I can see it coming *wink*
Cover art by the author is consistent with the rest of the series, but I still think Grey would look more menacing in his kevlar-lined elk hide coat instead of a tee shirt 🙂
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Kindle Edition, 84 pages
Expected publication: March 17th 2017 by Widdershins Press LLC