Title: Ante Up
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #8
Author: Kim Fielding and Andrew McFerrin (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 12th 2018 by
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Love is a high-stakes game.
A century and a half ago, Ante Novak died on a Croatian battlefield—and rose three days later as a vampire. Now he haunts Las Vegas, stealing blood and money from drunken gamblers and staying on the fringe of the powerful vampire organization known as the Shadows. His existence feels empty and meaningless until he meets beautiful Peter Gehrardi, who can influence others with his thoughts.
An attraction flares instantly, bringing a semblance of life to Ante’s dead heart. But the Shadows want Peter too, and they’re willing to kill to get him. As Ante and Peter flee, they learn more about themselves and each other, and they discover that the world is a stranger place than either of them imagined. With enemies at their heels and old mistakes coming back to exact a price, how can Ante and Peter find sanctuary?
Ante Novak is an over 200 year old vampire who basically owns the clothes on his back, a book, and a few hundred dollars. He spends his nights stealing blood and money from drunken gamblers and avoiding the powerful vampire organization known as the Shadows, able to refuse joining them by occasionally being hired to complete odd jobs for them.
One night Ante meets a beautiful and intriguing man, Peter Gehrardi, who is able to influence other humans with his thoughts. They share a memorable night together and go their separate ways.
Unfortunately, Peter draws attention to himself – and the Shadows recognize what he is, which isn’t entirely human, and are determined to have him join their ranks so they can use him to influence the humans around them to do the Shadows’ bidding. The Shadows hire Ante to find Peter, but Ante, who has never wanted to be under the organization’s thumb, instead runs with Peter.
I really enjoy Kim Fielding’s writing, the world-building, her characters, and the story arc. The narration was an absolute pleasure to listen to. I thought Andrew McFerrin did a wonderful job, I loved his accent for Ante, and his unique character voices made it easy to follow along with the action. He has good pacing and timing, and a way of drawing in the listener.
I loved the HEA ending, and I think there might even be an opportunity to spin this off into a series, and I hope Fielding revisits these characters.