Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs.
But when Augustine returns home to find Olivia’s been attacked by vampires, he knows his idyllic life has comes to an end. It’s time for revenge—and to take up the mantle of the city’s Guardian.
To know more about the author click here : Kristen Painter
Close to 30% through, I was about to give up and just stop reading… it just wasn’t holding my attention, and worst, I was hating the lead female character, but I’ll get back to that in a bit. Let’s just say, I’m glad I didn’t give up on this one, cause then the story did picked up it’s pace and I was then enthralled by the story.
The year: 2068… The setting: New Orleans or known to the vampires as La Ville Éternelle Nuit (City of Eternal Night.)
When a fae had her heart broken by her lover, she cursed the city and it became a vamp playground… So the Elektos, the high fae council, made a counter spell erasing the memory of New Orleans from a vampires mind when they left. But, someone has been bringing the vampires back in, promising them La Ville Éternelle Nuit to whoever can pay the price. So the vampires are back running amok… leaving behind dead tourist…
Enters the hero, Augustine, a very powerful fae who he had no plans in becoming a Guardian of the city… that is until Olivia, the person who saved him from the streets and gave him a home, was attacked by the vampires.
Then there’s the heroine, Harlow. She is Olivia’s daughter, who hates being a fae and is obsessed in finding out who her father is and which Olivia had vehemently refused in letting her know. And because of this, Harlow moved away and stopped talking to her mother. But Harlow is in trouble financially, and is left with only one person she could ask for help, her mom.
One of the huge reason I almost quit reading this book was Harlow. I thought her selfish, childish and cold. So selfish that even with her mom’s demise, she was still thinking of herself. Well, the good part is, her character was definitely getting a reaction out of me, though not in a good way. And I was wondering, how can she even redeem herself? But yes, there was character growth when one was showed it’s error. Yet, I feel like she needs to prove herself more. And then there is her out of place jealousy, some might think it endearing, I thought it childish.
Whereas Augustine is the perfect hero. None of those possessive alpha male type… but the sensitive, smart, protective and no nonsense kind of man. And did I mention powerful? I am totally digging Augie. 😉 I loved reading his POV.
Great world building, I loved the futuristic touch like the fae’s gadgets 😉 … Intriguing storyline… Surrounded with a lot of mystery that will keep you guessing, lots of surprises and action scenes. I also really appreciated that the romance angle did not overwhelm the main story.
As this is just the start of a series, there are some unsolved mystery surrounding both Harlow and Augie’s parentage, particularly their father. I am really more intrigued in finding out the extent of Harlow’s power and the mystery that is her very evil father.
All in all, a very promising start of a series. 😉
Written in multi POV’s.