Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review: On the Far Side of Darkness

On the Far Side of Darkness
On the Far Side of Darkness by R. C. Graham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

This book was a fun read. The writing style was easy, the format made for a quick read, and there was a good amount of paranormal romance in there to keep me turning pages.

As opposed to my typical read, this book was set up as a series of novellas or shorter stories. While they did not always flow seamlessly between one and the next, they chronicled the present day life of Georges and Diane. Georges is a semi-famous historian/teacher who also just happens to be a vampire. This brand of vampire is somewhere between the sexy type and the scary type (don't worry, there's lots of sexy in this book). While acting as a visiting professor at a college, he meets Diane and immediately feels drawn to her. Diane is an archival specialist at the college, and was apparently mostly gay before meeting Georges. They hit it off, but, as is the case with most vampires (in this world), strange events abound. Some student drama causes Georges to make some tough choices to protect Diane.

The next few stories follow them on their journey to becoming the couple they probably should have been all along. There are ups and downs (and a lot of unusual events), but it was a lot of fun to watch them develop as a couple. As a side note, there were some things that readers might find not to their liking in here. F/F scenes were pretty common in the stories, as was questionable consent. I didn't feel like they detracted from the story, though. It's a dangerous (and sexy) world that Georges and Diane live in, so these stories reflect that. We get a good dose of HEA, which is a nice change from my typical reads.

If you're a vampire lover who is looking for a quick and easy read, check this one out. It found a way to make me excited about vampire romance books again.

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