Friday 17 February 2023

Book Review: A Draught of Ash and Wine by Kristin Jacques (MM Paranormal Romance)

Title: A Draught of Ash and Wine (Midnight Guardians #2)
Author: Kristin Jacques
Publisher: City Owl Press
Publication Date: 31 January 2023
Pages: 257
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: MM Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Johnathan Newman is a changed man, and he has the claws to prove it.

Following their bloody confrontation in Cress Haven, Vic and Johnathan flee the town in search of answers. Johnathan’s human life has ended, but his journey has just begun. Grappling with violent instincts and a supernatural bond to the vampire he’s falling for is complicated enough, but a dangerous new enemy is hot on their heels.

The machinations of the Society reach farther than either of them realized. Their foe’s dogged pursuit forces the pair to seek sanctuary. Vic brings Johnathan to the Estate, a haven for creatures nestled in the wilderness of upstate New York. Taken in by the Estate’s unusual proprietors, Johnathan soon learns not even sanctuary is safe for one of his ilk. This haven provides the pair an opportunity to explore their burgeoning relationship, and Johnathan a chance to learn control- A skill he is desperate to master, no matter the cost.

Because time is not on their side. The Society’s Agents are catching up to them, armed with a weapon straight from the Heavens. With their enemy’s plans creeping toward fruition, humans won’t be the only ones they have to worry about.


A Draught of Ash and Wine picks up right where the first book left off, throwing us straight back into the action. I enjoyed seeing Johnathan and Vic's growing relationship, and there was plenty of excitement and suspense along the way, too, as well as the introduction of some interesting new characters. Overall, it was an good, fun read and a pleasing continuation of the story. Perhaps it didn't grip me quite as much as the first book, but it certainly left things on a intriguing cliffhanger that made me want to read on to find out what will happen next. I am giving it four stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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