Title: L'Histoire de François: Vampire
Since his turning in 1022 young spy, François, has hated all humans. And yet, in 1347, he falls in love with one, only to be betrayed by Giles who tells his liege lord that François is a vampire. The lord blackmails François into spying for him. Years later, François gains his revenge on Giles through his son.
In 1876 New Orleans, François joins forces with Vasile, a master of the city, to take on human vampire hunters. Then Vasile’s human lover dies and Vasile turns to François for comfort. Will love ensue, or is François destined to always be alone?
Author: Edward Kendrick
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Major's Folly
Published by Wilde City Press Source: Publisher
Published: 9 December, 2014
Genres: Historical Romace, Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
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The second title that I’ve read by this author, I adore his character building and development. Even in this short installment, the characters are clearly built, François was turned in the 11th century, and really dove into the life, hating humans and hunting freely until Giles. His first love was a human man, and betrayed him into a life of spying. Again.
Here we see François as a rather desperately hurt and lashing out vampire, as a man attracted to men, his position is already precarious but the vampire bit adds yet another layer of secrecy and tension, which he rails against. Never one for a short memory, François also holds a grudge and never breaks a promise – and he promised to avenge himself on Giles’ family for the betrayal of his first love.
Some 500 years later in New Orleans, François joins the vampires of the city and their leader Vasile to eradicate the threat from hunters. These two have a spark almost instantly, but it isn’t until Vasile’s lover dies that their relationship can develop into something more.
Kendrick manages to give François depth and the attraction between he and Vasile is electric. There is so much anger that François tries to hold close, but it is a cold and empty life without one who can match him in strength and determination. And Vasile helps him to see the gentleness and desire buried deep down.
It’s a quickly paced story that doesn’t stint on the emotion it packs or the steam that comes from the interactions between François and Vasile. These characters feel real and believable, even carrying a few quirks and traits that are all so human that peek out occasionally. A wonderful start to a new series, full of angst and emotion.