Title: Curses, Foiled Again
Author: Sera Trevor and Michael T. Bradley (Narrator)
Publisher: NineStar Press, LLC
Release Date: June 28th 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Felix is a vampire – a fierce creature of the night who strikes terror into the hearts of everyone unlucky enough to become his prey. Or at least, that’s what he thought was true, until he met John. John is completely unimpressed with Felix, much to his dismay. Felix becomes fixated on proving his ferocity to John – and when that doesn’t work, he strives to make any impression on him at all.
John is a witch, and as all witches know, vampires are notoriously stupid creatures who only have the power to hurt those who fear them. Besides, he’s under a curse much more frightening than any vampire. Felix’s desperate attempts to impress him annoy John at first, but gradually, they become sort of endearing. Because of his curse, John has pushed everyone in his life away. But Felix can’t be hurt, so there’s no harm in letting him hang around.
Felix is technically dead. John has nothing left to live for. But together, they might have a shot at life.
This dark and witty vampire romance for adults is complete at 100,000 words, with no cliffhanger. Despite some dark twists and turns, it ends with a solid HEA.
Felix and John’s adventures together felt like the Odd Couple and I loved every minute of it.
Felix is a vampire on the prowl when he sees John walking home from work late one night. As he jumps out to scare him, John rolls his eyes and keeps going. Inexplicably, Felix is unable to bite him and it drives him crazy. It just so happens that John is a witch.
Unable to stop from thinking about John, Felix stalks him, investigates him, follows him, then finally shows up at his work. At this point, it’s no longer just intrigue that keeps him interested, but John himself.
When John realizes he can’t get Felix to leave him alone, he tells him that if he puts a drop of blood on a rose every day for 101 days, it will turn blue with magic and he can bring the rose to John and he’ll see him. John knows that a vampire wouldn’t be able to hold their interest long enough. But Felix isn’t just any vampire. At this point, John can’t stay away. But their lives start to get messy and entangled and they’ll need vampires, blood and magic to fix it all.
There is a ton more to this story involving twins and curses and sharing hearts and cats and murders and movies and old film stars. And every single one of those things is central to the story. And what a story it was. I seriously loved it.
It’s possible I loved the narration by Michael T. Bradley the most because his portrayal of John was just so innocent and sweet and even tempered, yet so very melancholy, which fit him perfectly. Felix’s voice was magical. He was deep and dark and sometimes whiny, which just added a level of dimension for me, making this mysterious and fun.
I loved how much comedy was involved in this story. Felix wasn’t the studious, formal vampire that is commonplace in the paranormal world. He was a little off, a lot sweet, very silly and oh so loving.
The characters were marvelous, each bringing so much to the story individually, then all blending at the end to create a stellar ensemble for the HEA.
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen and would absolutely recommend it to any audio lover.