Sweet Oblivion 5: Elixir

elixirTitle: Sweet Oblivion 5: Elixir
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Paranormal M/M
Length: Novella
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

THE BLURB

Wild Bill and Michael might have thought they made it out of the subterranean vampire nest unscathed, but in her anger, Silk left Michael a taste of her wrath that’s impossible to shake.
 
It’s a race against time to cure Michael of a bizarre affliction, and though the hunter and his favorite vamp have few enough friends, Bill can’t ash a cigarette without burning another bridge. Now Wild Bill must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice to save his lover.
 
His friends? His scruples? His pride? His humanity?

THE REVIEW

Wild Bill and Michael were having a bit of down time and laying down roots, which means that they’re staying in one place for more than a couple of days. They are enjoying their version of heaven, lots and lots of sex, as Michael tortures his lover by keeping him on the brink every time, for what seems like hours to Bill. But in the middle of their fun they had a wake-up call – company of the wrong kind – one of the vamps from their last adventure had somehow managed to follow them home;  a scary development.

Since Bill is not a fighter (he’s more of a “live and let live” type of vamp), they decide to hide in a stinky, rodent infested coal chute and wait out their unwelcome visitor – definitely not Michael’s choice since he believes in facing danger head-on and shooting his way out of tight situations with his Colt .45. After a few hours that seemed like days, Bill realized that something was very wrong with Michael. Silk, the vamp they had met on their last adventure who had insisted on giving Michael a tattoo, had left her calling card. He was infected, and necrosis had set in. It was now a race against time to save Michael’s life.

This book will almost break your heart if you’re a fan of the series because there are so many poignant moments as Bill faces his worst fear…..losing Michael, which would be like losing his soul, again …. a bleak future he could not contemplate.  As usual, even a trip to save Michael turns into a series of escapades of the hair raising kind. However, in trying to save Michael’s life Bill has to make several terrible choices, and his convoluted reasoning, as each choice is discarded, is what makes Wild Bill, Bill. In the end Michael asserts his rights and makes one important decision for Bill which has more cons than pros.

The characters are why this series is so memorable for me.  Bill and Michael are not your typical couple by any means, and they grabbed a hold of my heart and retained a piece of it when the series came to an end. A thrilling ride and a better ending than any fan of the series could have hoped for.

Jordan Castillo Price is not just a writer, she’s an artist who creates characters that live with you long after the story is over. Her PsyCop series is a case in point –  it resonates because of those wonderful flawed characters, Victor and Jacob. Channeling Morpheus and Sweet Oblivion are not far  behind in terms of complexity and I’m definitely a fan of Jordan’s intricate plots.  The author believes in making her protagonists work for their HEA by having them suffer the most terrible trials and tribulations and she imbues her books with excitement and edge-of-your-seat thrills. Her secondary characters are always well drawn, in this case Michael’s friend, crazy Suzanne the human vamp  follower, Melba the old vamp crone, and Dr. Harmon, or as I call him, Dr. Doom. Sweet Oblivion 5: Elixir is another story that follows in the time honoured tradition which started with PsyCop.

Even though this seems like the end I don’t really expect Elixir to be the final chapter in this series. A door was left slightly ajar through which another story could emerge at a future date.g I can’t wait for the print book to complete my collection. Sweet Oblivion is a wonderful series and Elixir is highly recommended.

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7 comments

  • Hi Jordan
    Glad you like the mobile version of the site.:) Thanks for clarifying the point raised by Justacat.

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    I’m re-reading the book, as we speak, to decide on my final rating (I guess I could have waited to post the review, but I’m so backed up I didn’t want to hold it up any further).

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  • Hey guys, thank you all so much for weighing in — this is a quick note from work (and OMG I’m loving the *mobile* view here, Wave, srsly…I can do this with my boss 4 feet away).

    Jess has it exactly, it’s a non-linear story where the two timelines support each other in theme rather than chronology.

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  • “As usual, even a trip to save Michael turns into a series of escapades of the hair raising kind, during which we are treated to a few flashbacks as Bill relives the good old days with his lover.”
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    I don’t want to give anything away, but I don’t think these were flashbacks, were they? Unless you’re referring to something other than what I’m thinking of? The timeline – the interweaving of past and present and future – is one of the things I love most about this book – the gradual unfolding of what those scenes actually were, the way you figured out bit by bit what was going on. And the end, where it all came together, was so breathtakingly lovely. And hot, of course! 🙂
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    Despite how much I already loved JCP, she really exceeded my expectations with this one. Before I read it, when I was anticipating it, I couldn’t imagine how she could write the final chapter in a manner that would make me really believe in their togetherness the way I want to without feeling unrealistic or out of sync with the tone of the series. But she did it. While I certainly long (desperately!) for more, I couldn’t have wished or hoped for a more emotionally satisfying conclusion to this series. For me it’s a 5+.

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    • Hi Justacat
      I wavered about the rating for several minutes and the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because I regard PsyCop as the prime real estate of Jordan’s accomplishments, and every other book she writes is ranked against this series – not a bad place to be. Even as I posted the review I was still undecided, and I’m going to re-read Elixir today and come to a final rating.
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      Re the flashbacks, I will check with Jordan. They seemed like flashbacks to me but you could be right.

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  • Elyane
    I can’t believe that this is the end and it would be great if Jordan would write a novel starring Wild Bill and Michael. Jordan, if you’re reading this post *hint* 🙂

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  • Great Review Wave.
    That would be great to have another chapter in Wild Bill and Michael story.
    Can’t wait to see what Jordan comes up with next.

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