Title: The Acrobat (Blood Ties Book 1)
Author: Agnes Moon, Kevan Houser (Translator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 19th Feb, 2017
Genre(s): Romance, Supernatural
Page Count: 209
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
The Acrobat is a professional thief with dozens of burglaries to his credit, but when he finds himself trapped in the enormous abode of a mysterious man, as seductive as he is lethal, he realizes that the police might not be the worst of evils. Vincent de Saint-Bonnet is incredibly rich, with many hidden secrets, and little will to live. A foul-mouthed little thief with magnificent blue eyes is just what he needs to bring some light back to his gray, long-drawn-out existence.
A thief looking for a valuable dagger, an antique dealer with hundreds of years under his belt, for whom the weapon represents an object of . . . inestimable value. Each man has a precise goal and nothing will stop him from reaching it. Not even the incredible attraction that grips them, pulling them into a duel, one fought with lies and seduction.
‘The Acrobat’ is a very engaging and entertaining story about an ancient vampire and a cat burglar, complete with sassy banter, boiling passion, awesome character development and a plot which snagged my interest from the very first page. I am so happy that I chanced upon this book and this author. This series is going to be awesome and I can’t wait for the next book.
Liam aka ‘The Acrobat’ is a survivor and he will do what he knows best to save his friend, Mal even if it means stealing from the mysterious, uber-rich Vincent de Saint-Bonnet. But what he could not have predicted before was to get caught red-handed by the very same Saint-Bonnet. Vincent is a man of secrets and Liam finds himself face to face with all of them along with an emotion he has never experienced before. As much as he wants to give in to his desires, Liam has a dagger to steal and a friend to save, which means betraying the same person he wants to love. Will ‘The Acrobat’ be able to finish the job or will ‘Liam’ choose Love??? Read and find out!!!
The story starts with Liam’s life as a pickpocket and how he survives using his wits and talents on the streets. He does not have any qualms in being a thief, he is proud of what he does coz he is the best after all. Liam has only one friend, who is more of a brother to him and Liam will do anything to protect him. He is loyal, fierce and a pure soul. I loved how the author details the circumstances and emotions of Liam and Mal as they try to make a living by doing what they know best. Their plight was heart-wrenching and I desperately cheered Liam on from the very start.
Vincent on the other hand is a brooding, mysterious character who has a lot of secrets and a lot of suspicions about Liam as he battles between loving him and distrusting him. Their relationship is fraught with distrust and anger while they are overcome with an overwhelming passion like no other.
Even through the distrust and suspicions, Vincent and Liam’s love is solid and pure. Their true feelings were always on display and it was a great treat to see those two falling in love while being angry and not honest with each other. It was a different kind of romance for sure but one enjoyed with relish.
The supernatural part is induced in perfect amounts in the story as Liam gradually comes to know what Vincent truly is. Vincent’s world is revealed in bits and pieces and I loved how everything comes together at the end. There were no loose strings in the story. I wanted the bad guys to get caught but I guess it will make a great premise for the next book along with a perfect chance to see Vincent and Liam more as the series goes on.
This is a translation and it has been done so beautifully that if you don’t know it beforehand, you can never tell. Kudos to the author as well as the translator for a giving us a story which was not only an engaging and incredible read but also the start of a series I will surely look forward to.