Author: Kristen Jacques
Publisher: City Owl Press
Publication Date: 15 June 2021
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: MM PNR
Source: ARC via NetGalley
A novice hunter with a mission. A five-hundred-year-old vampire with a strong sense of irony. A town plagued by creatures in need of saving.
When Johnathan Newman arrives in Cress Haven, the last thing he expects is for his life to be irrevocably changed. Sent by a clandestine league of vampire hunters to investigate a string of murders, signs point to a vampire lurking amid the townsfolk. Johnathan’s attempt to enlist the locals leads him to an unlikely partnership with Vic, the town's most eligible, enigmatic bachelor.
As the pair work to solve the mystery, Vic’s secrets come back to bite him. Revealed, the vampire fights his attraction to a man trained to destroy him, while Johnathan’s emotions land him in the middle of forbidden desires. Even if Vic isn’t the murderer, how can Johnathan yearn for his natural enemy?
As Vic leads Johnathan into encounters with terrifying beings straight from children’s nightmares, Johnathan learns that not only is the world stranger than he knew, but that those he once trusted have far darker intentions that will place hunter and vampire at the center of a conflict between realms.
Cress Haven holds more sinister secrets than its resident vampire, a secret so great, it could unleash Hell itself.
A Bargain of Blood and Gold was an enjoyable MM PNR tale. I found the premise intriguing, and both Vic and Johnathan were entertaining characters. I appreciated the slow pace of their relationship, which eschewed insta-love in favour of a more gradual deepening of feelings. By the end, there were quite a few 'creatures' to contend with, and once or twice I wished there were fewer so we had more time to get to know each, the rules of their existence etc., a little better, but that's a very small gripe, and since this book is the first in a series, that kind of information may well continue to trickle through as we move through future installments. Overall, though, this was a fun, quick and easy read and is sure to please fans of MM PNR. It gets a solid 4-star rating from me.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.