Title: Escaping Exile
Author: Sara Dobie Bauer
Publication Date: 13 August 2018
Format: eBook - EPUB
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Andrew is a vampire from New Orleans, exiled to a tropical island in the 1800s as punishment for his human bloodlust. During a storm, a ship crashes off shore. After rescuing a sailor from the cannibals native to the land, Andrew becomes fascinated with his brilliant, beautiful new companion, Edmund.
Edmund is a British naturalist who has sailed the world seeking new species. Intrigued by creatures that might kill him, immortal Andrew is this scientist’s dream-but so is making his way back home. Edmund will fight to survive, even while wrapped in the arms of a monster.
As light touches and laughter turn to something much more passionate, the cannibals creep ever closer to Edmund. Can the ancient vampire keep his human alive long enough to escape exile and explore their newfound love, or will Andrew’s bloodlust seal his own doom?
Escaping Exile was a fun, short read that I finished in a single sitting. Although only spanning 77 pages, there was sufficient development of the characters and enough plot action to keep me interested. I liked the premise of a vampire exiled to a tropical island, and I particularly enjoyed Andrew's interaction with Edmund, and his changing views towards him. This book is the first in a planned trilogy. I do wonder why the story needed to be a three-novella work, rather than simply telling the whole story as a medium-length novel, but I guess I will see how that works out once the other two books release. I also hope we may get a little more sense of the era when they return to civilization in the next part of the tale, as in the island setting, it wasn't always obvious outside of mentioning items of clothing. Overall, I would give this 3.5 stars (which I would probably round up to 4, rather than down to 3). It was excellent fun for a short read.