Based on title alone, I expected the main focus of the book to be on the vampire twins Julie and Marc. Of course, they do have a prominent role in the story, having to do with the unique way they came into being. However, it is the story of their parentage that seemed to take a center stage in the book.
This book is set in present time with several flashbacks to late 1960s San Francisco.
The transitions back and forth between times were smooth and easy to follow. One thing I appreciated was the time period in which the flashbacks take place. After all, how many vampire stories have you read that take place during the hippie movement? I found this to be very original.
I do wish the author had elaborated more on the character’s descriptions. I had a hard time envisioning the “look” of the character, which I believe really adds to the enjoyment of reading. Overall, though, I did enjoy the book.
Forte has laid the foundation for a very interesting story in this first installment and I anticipate great things with the books to come. I am anxious to see the development of the twins. With the direction the story seems to be going, it is likely this will be a series with a lot of potential.
When you live forever, you’re bound to make a few mistakes.
1969 San Francisco. World-weary Conrad Quintano should have known better than to fall in love with a human—much less Suzanne Fischer, the barely legal, adventure-seeking hippie beauty known as Desert Rose. And the very last thing he should have agreed to do was to raise her babies and protect them with his life. But even twelve-hundred-year-old master vampires can find it hard to reject a deathbed request—especially when issues of love, guilt and blood are involved.
Present day. Raised in virtual isolation, twins Marc and Julie Fischer have always known they are vampires. But they never knew their parentage—or their unique status in the vampire world—until their “uncle” Damian comes to fetch them home. The family reunion, however, isn’t what they expect. They’re thrust into a world for which they’re totally unprepared. And the father they expected to see, Conrad, is missing.
How to find him and whom to trust? Solving the mystery of betrayal and vampire family values will prove the Beatles had it right. All you need is love and an occasional side of blood.
Warning: While reading this book you may experience any of the following, an increased desire to wear flowers in your hair, dress in tie-dye or nap during the day. Other symptoms may include an intolerance to sunlight, an aversion to garlic-flavored tofu and a pronounced urge to bake or get baked.