Title: Blood Bathory: Like the Night (The Guardians of Gaia #1)
Author: Ari McKay
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 9, 2018 (first published July 3rd 2013)
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Page Count: 348 Pages
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Evan St. John, a young fashion photographer running from the pain caused by the death of his younger sister, is thrilled when he is offered a job with House of Nadasdy, a leading fashion house in Paris. What he doesn’t know is that Elizabeth Nadasdy, the elegant and powerful owner, is a centuries-old vampire with a penchant for collecting beautiful people. To Evan’s horror, he is turned into one of her “children.”
Unable to bear what he has become, Evan flees to New York and to his best friend, police officer Will Trask. For years, Evan has nursed an unrequited love for Will, but he also knows Will is the one person who might be able to help him. As Evan and Will try to deal with Evan’s condition, they are drawn into the world of the theriomorphs: shape-shifters who are guardians of life and the sworn enemies of vampires. Caught in an ancient war between two powerful supernatural forces, Evan and Will find they must choose sides – because if they are to have any chance of a future together, they must destroy Elizabeth Nadasdy before she destroys them.
Evan runs from Evil to his unrequited love who he hasn’t seen for three years, there was only some email exchange between them during this time. He feels Will is the only one to help him due to the nature of his work and the fact that Will has the caring, hero-type personality. I do love Will’s personality and how protective he is over Evan. Just as I thought Will’s finding out and coming to turns with Evan being a vampire well executed by the authors. Will’s desire to protect and feeling unable to do so led to a rather dramatic decision which is so right for his personality, however I’d expected him, as a cop, to want to have had more thorough information before.
I highly enjoyed reading Will’s reaction at almost the middle of the book, that was also the hook that drew me in for this story. Unfortunately, before that I honestly didn’t feel any tension between the two or that they were more than close friends. Sure, there were a few times where one of them let us know that they thought the other one was good-looking and hinted that something had happened between them those years ago and at first I deduced there must have been a big misunderstanding. However when their long overdue talk came, it wasn’t dragged out and they solved it pretty fast, which was good. Although what happened those years ago… Well, the reason for the whole misunderstanding is a little strange. Still some people are rather strange, so I guess why not?
Sadly I also thought the vampiric side of Evan didn’t really show much during the story, in the form of enhanced senses, strength and the hunger and the urge to feed. His hunger mentioned more as an after-thought.
I liked the way we got a small insight from the villain’s perspective but I thought her character had more potential than was utilized in this book, it would have brought the thrills up a notch. So there are several things I liked about Like the Night but due to the chemistry between Will and Evan in the beginning of the book, the fact it took so long to get invested in the story and the fact that Evan a lot of the time didn’t feel as anything but human, I will only give it 3.5 stars although it had much more potential. To sum it up, I wanted it to evoke a lot more feelings in me. From the start.
I’m looking forward to reading book 2 Absence of the Sun.