Vespers by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt
Series: Hours of the Night, Book 1
Published by: Prescourt Books on September 13, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)
Sarasija Mishra knows there’s reason to be concerned about his new job. But he’s not going to admit that to his mother. After being hired without so much as a real interview, Sara drives from Seattle to New Orleans to become the new assistant for the mysterious Thaddeus Dupont. Sara couldn’t even find anything about the man on the internet. But he’s been offered $80,000 a year for part-time work–and his family needs the money.
Of course when Sara arrives and it seems he wasn’t expected, things seem even stranger. And when his new boss sends him away, he resolves to fight–he has a contract after all. But the desire to fight takes on a new meaning when the pair are suddenly attacked in the night, sending them off on an adventure that both excites and terrifies Sara. Until Sara learns what his contract meant about providing his new boss with meals that cater to his special diet…
Thaddeus isn’t sure what to do with his new assistant. He’s specifically always had women assistants, and for good reason. He needs to feed to stay alive, and the act of feeding always ends up a bit more physical than one might think. And the White Monks, the Catholic order that is supporting Thaddeus, have given him a set of rules. Among them: he cannot engage in what they deem to be sinful relations. And they are the last line of defense for his soul.
But proximity and adrenaline seem to increase temptation. And eventually the two of them will need to make a decision about not just the contract, but what they really want out of life. Can Thaddeus provide the sense of meaning Sara’s been looking for in his life? And can it be Sara–not the White Monks–who holds the real power to save Thaddeus’s soul?
Well, my friends, all I have to say is this was an unexpected gem for me. I mean, I read the blurb and figured I would enjoy it. But I was pleasantly surprised at the sense of adventure that carried through the entire story. The pacing here is wonderful, consistent, and sustained. And that’s partly how I read this in a single day, finding it difficult to put it down.
There are some characters I didn’t care for, but I think that’s more just a function of who they are (ugh, the White Monks are not my friends). And Sara is a dynamic character who seems to find himself in a lot of ways during the story. Although the timeline of the book is relatively short, none of the character development seems overwrought or contrived.
Definitely give this one a recommendation. And I’m personally looking forward to the next book in the series.[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]