About the book:
CHARMED FOR LIFE?
Thanos Agapiou has always been a charmer. For over two millennia, the vampire had no problem acquiring whom and what he wanted with a flash of his handsome smile. He took for granted the boyish good looks he presumed he’d possess for the rest of eternity.
How very wrong he was.
A nearly fatal attack distorted his entire existence. With his appearance now matching the title many have bestowed their kind—monster—he hides away from the world and all of those who know him, including his Ancient, Eton.
Until one night when a stranger draws him out from the shadows.
OR CURSED FOR ETERNITY?
Ever since Paris Antoniou was thrust into a world of vampires, his reality has become stranger than the history and the myths he’s studied for the past decade.
When he learns the truth about his origins and the power he wields, his confusion and fear have him running for his life. What he doesn’t expect is to run into the arms of Thanos—a vampire who doesn’t intimidate him as much as he intrigues him.
WHAT HAS THE POWER TO MAKE YOU WANT TO SURVIVE?
As their worlds collide under extraordinary circumstances, an attraction neither can deny takes hold. But will that be enough to save Thanos from his demons, or will he condemn Paris to his fate?
Destinies have been changed. Lines have been crossed. And, with tales of the vampire race coming to an end, who will make the ultimate sacrifice?
After all, in a world run by vampires and gods, only one can be the true Master among the Monsters.
Release Date: 26th January, 2017
What I think?
Oh man, I hate doing this. I hate to give this book anything other than 5 complete stars, because Frank’s writing was brilliant. She built a world full of it’s own rules, and just sucked you in it. No apologies.
But this book, I guess you either love it or you hate it. And I still can’t decide if I hate it, but I definitely know that I don’t love it.
With Thanos being the last one in the series, I was expecting everything to tie up perfectly, for most of my questions (if not all) to be answered, and I was expecting to fall in love with all the characters all over again. To find new reasons to root for everyone. But sadly that is not exactly what happened.
This book, right from it’s very beginning sucks you in, and refuses to let you go. I started reading it the moment it came on my kindle, and spent the whole night with it because I couldn’t put it down. The plot thickens impossibly, and we learn a lot of new things about the characters. Eton’s secret adds the much needed tension, and gives the plot the exact motivation to proceed.
I loved that part.
I loved Thanos and Paris’s interactions and attraction. I loved Eton’s and Thanos’s past. I loved how tormented those two were, how much they loved each other, and how much they sacrificed for each other.
What I did not however like was how less I saw of them.
The amount of attention given to Paris, Thanos, and Eton is roughly the same amount of it given to Vasilios, Alasdair, and Leo.
Don’t get me wrong. I fucking love Vasilios and Leo and Alasdair. But into the third book, I really didn’t want to focus on their relationship as much as I wanted to on the other three. There was too much of them in it for me and not enough of Thanos.
Now to Eton and Thanos. I loved them. Really, I was rooting so hard for them to fight through it all, because it was so damn clear that those two couldn’t live without each other, even with about a century of bad blood between them. Their love for each other was such a palpable thing, that I was most disappointed with the ending.
And that ending! Don’t get me started with that ending. I am so goddamn confused with that!
One moment we were at the peak of the story, about to reach the height of the tension, and the next
EPILOGUE! At a neck-break speed. I have a whiplash from that ending. Someone needs to sit me down and explain to me what the hell happened, because this girl is so damn very confused. I went through the last three chapters like 5-6 times after that to see if I missed anything, but we are given no explanation as to what happened.
And Eton! Please, I wanted justice for him. I wanted him to reconcile with Thanos, and I wanted the gods to pay for what they did to him. It was all so very unfair that I want to scream my head off. I feel like the author failed to do his and Thanos’ character more justice- building up such strong men with such strong personalities, and then giving them such an unjustified and weak ending.
Sigh, I don’t know if this is the last book in the series or not, but the way they ended, makes me think that it is. The entire book was so good, and because of the last three chapters it feels ruined to me.
Regardless of how she concluded it, Frank’s writing was amazing. No doubts about that. You should definitely read this book, because it was very good- at both the writing and the characterization. Just a little different from how I was expecting. Not necessarily a bad thing though.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author:
Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”
A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web at http://www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ella.frank.author
Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.