Wednesday 11 March 2020

Book Review: Handsome Death by Sara Dobie Bauer (MM Paranormal)

Title: Handsome Death
Author: Sara Dobie Bauer
Carnation Books

Publication Date: 10 April 2020
eBook - EPUB
MM Paranormal
ARC from Author

In a world where paranormal creatures live amongst us and must follow certain laws, living life as a dangerous loner works for vampire Ethan. Inhabiting his gleaming apartment, wearing his designer suits, jetting around the world as a fanged killer-for-hire, Ethan does it all alone.

That is, until he literally runs into Tristan. Tristan, who is clearly trouble wrapped in skinny jeans and an oversized sweater. Tristan, with his shock of angelic blond curls. Tristan, who plays piano more beautifully than the old masters-- and Ethan would know; he saw Beethoven.

Tristan is gorgeous, a little sassy, and irresistible. Also, Ethan is horrified to note, Tristan has no idea how incredibly tempting he is to things that go bump in the night.

Overcome by the urge to keep Tristan safe, Ethan begins to... well, stalk is such a strong word. What starts as an obsession quickly becomes something more, something that Ethan needs. And to his surprise, Tristan seems to need him, too... 

Handsome Death was an engaging and entertaining read. Ethan and Tristan both came across well as characters and I enjoyed their interactions and the development of their relationship. There was a nice balance between action, emotion and steamy sex scenes and all in all the book moved along at just the right pace. The world building was handled well, with enough information to the paint the scene without going overboard on unnecessary detail. I also thought the issues of past trauma were dealt with in a thoughtful way that gave real agency to the victim. I would recommend this book to readers of paranormal MM tales looking for a story with plenty of heat but also a good plot and well-developed characters.

I received this book as a free ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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