Summary Review: Another excellent adventure in the world of Wild Bill and Michael where they encounter the creepy vampire scientist Dr. Jim and perform a good deed.
With summer ending and temperatures dipping low at night, Michael’s eager to get his leather jacket back, and although Wild Bill could easily vamp any sales clerk into giving Michael some new duds, it wouldn’t be quite the same as the jacket he left at his parents’ house. Not unless the malls have begun selling clothing with Rohypnol and ketamine sewn into the seams.
The return of the jacket comes with a price: a new cell phone from Michael’s parents. Surprisingly, Wild Bill encourages Michael to keep the phone. After all, Michael wouldn’t want to be the only twenty-one-year-old in the world without one. Seems innocent enough… right?
But you never know where an innocent gift will lead. Michael worries the phone may be some shiny bait, meant to lure him closer to his family, and then, college. Everyone seems so intent on getting Michael to enroll, but he’s busy looking to catch a vampire…
Sweet Oblivion: Snare is the second book in this wonderful series which follows the adventures of Wild Bill, a vampire, and Michael his (almost) human lover. This series is the continuation of Channeling Morpheus and is told mostly from Wild Bill’s POV which I find so much more fascinating than Michael’s, who is a great protagonist but Wild Bill is in a class of his own.
Anyone who has read my reviews of the Sweet Oblivion series knows that I love Wild Bill, Michael’s vampire lover and the stories told from his POV are richer and have more texture. Sometimes Michael’s human side and his conscience get in the way, which is the case in Sweet Oblivion 2: Snare, the only book that I had not reviewed to date.
The plot has Michael going home to get his leather jacket which he needs now that the weather is getting cooler. His sister retrieves it for him but also presents him with a cell phone from his parents, on the pretext that it could be used should they wish to contact him in an emergency, but Michael is suspicious about the gift. He also wants to get out of town quickly because it seems that his sister Julie has her eye on Wild Bill, which creeps him out big time. Bill thinks he shouldn’t always look a gift horse in the mouth so he takes the phone and his suspicions are proved correct when he receives a call shortly after from freaky, crazy Dr. Jim, a vampire scientist who likes to experiment on people. Apparently Jim needs their help to catch a ‘rogue’ vampire, but as usual his story, while it does have an element of truth, is not the whole truth. Jim’s plan is pretty simple: Set a snare to catch the rogue vamp and make him the subject of one of his experiments. This raises Wild Bill’s and Michael’s antennas since this is not something they want to be part of.
The one element of all of Jordan’s stories that I can always count on is the connection between her protagonists and in Snare Bill and Michael show why they are so great together because their emotions are on the surface. Bill is actually quite vulnerable in this book, which showcases a different side of him one that we don’t see normally. The sex between them is probably some of the hottest of Jordan’s characters; I don’t know if it is the vamp thing or because I could feel their emotions leaking, but whatever it is it works.
I liked Sweet Oblivion 2: Snare a lot and while it did have all the twists and turns that showcase Jordan’s inventive mind, I didn’t love it nearly as much as I loved the other books in this series. For me it didn’t have quite the ‘bite’ of the other four and probably this is because the story is told from Michael’s POV and I don’t find him as charismatic as Bill. However, Snare has all the ingredients that make this such a fascinating series and you won’t be able to put this story down because it’s so intense and unusual, with characters that you won’t find anywhere else. I can’t wait for Jordan to release these books in print. Definitely recommended.