Title: Deep Deliverance (The Deep Series #3)
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Samhaim Publishing
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Page Count: 242
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
When Adin Tredeger discovers his lover Donte’s role in turning him into a vampire, he’s outraged. The opportunity to attend Ned Harwiche’s funeral is perfect for putting some distance between them, but as a newly turned vampire, he mustn’t go alone.
Cristobel Santos—one of Donte’s lifelong enemies—and an attractive Irish vampire named Sean offer to chaperone his trip. They are as determined to help him as he is to reject their aid.
While Adin fights his new reality he’s kidnapped by rogue hunters and used as a lab rat in some skin-searing experiments. Adin’s distress electrifies his connection to Donte, but rescue is only the beginning…
Hot vampires, spoiled teens, big cat shifters, and two men trying to figure out how to squeeze several lifetimes’ worth of love into every moment of their big, fat eternity. Ouch…
Deep Deliverance is the third book in Z.A. Maxfield’s “Deep Series” and is not a standalone book. Deep Deliverance continues the story of Italian vampire Donte Fedelta and his lover Dr. Adin Tredeger. Several characters from the other books – Boaz, Santos, Sean, Deana, Edward, Tuan, Bran – are along for this adventure as well, and we are introduced to Elizabeth, Barrett and Sabine Harwiche, Ned’s family of cat shifters.
Adin still loves Donte deeply, but hates him as well because he did not want to be “turned” (into a vampire), so when an opportunity arises to attend Ned Harwiche’s funeral in Los Angeles, Adin is eager to go. Donte sends Santos and Sean along to keep Adin safe, and to help him become further acclimated into the “Kind” – the vampiric community. But Adin being Adin, he manages to alienate the Kind council, gets labeled a rogue vampire, encounters a gang of shifters who don’t take kindly to corpsepuppets and ends up an unwilling volunteer to a big pharma company illegally using rogue vampires for horrific product testing.
Donte and Adin’s relationship is as smokin’ hot as ever, and damn, Z.A. Maxfield writes vampiric eroticism so beautifully. But the problem isn’t the sex – it’s how to keep a relationship together when Adin is so conflicted about his very nature. He doesn’t want to feed on humans, can’t help but mourn his human life, and refuses to embrace his new existance. As Tuan says “It’s like watching a toddler with you. If there’s an outlet, you’re going to stick something in it, if there’s a choking hazzard – [….] You like the rush of making trouble, Adin. Admit it. When you met Donte it was like playing with superheated plasma – awesome, until you got burned.” In short, Adin is a pain in the arse. But Maxfield does a masterful job of balancing that juvenile “acting out” against the larger question – is Adin is willing to make a metamorphosis in his emotional life similar to what he underwent physically as he “turned”?
The plot moves along quickly and all the various subplots fit neatly into the larger story. And the ending? As Shakespeare so concisely wrote in Hamlet: “Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.” You never question that Donte and Adin truly love one another, and the ending leaves no doubts. The Deep Series is a beautifully written trilogy and I would love to read more about Edward and Tuan, as well as Bran, and look in on Donte and Adin in future books!