Book Review – Claiming Marcus by Jocelynn Drake

Lords of Discord #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 272
Characters: Ethan/Marcus
POV: 3rd
Genre: Urban fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Series

Vampires slaughtered my family.

No one believed me until I met some new friends, who promised to help me get justice.

But nothing prepared me for Marcus Varik.

Tall, dark, and mind-numbingly sexy.

But he’s also shy, protective, and adorably eccentric.

Oh God, I should have never agreed to betray him.

Hopefully, it’s not too late to fix my mistake before I lose more people I love.

Claiming Marcus is the first book in an MM paranormal romance series that has vampires, betrayal, annoying brothers, music, heartbreak, hope, sexy times, and a raven named Ozzie.

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I’m already hooked with book 1 of this new series. I loved the world building, the interesting set up for the story and series. I liked the different take on vampires, with their unique abilities, and the setup of vamperic society, and the different factions and politics that go with it. I also liked that becoming a vampire comes with a very real risk and no guarantee of surviving the change.

I also loved the Varik siblings. Their relationship and banter felt very much like siblings. Their relationship with their mother and attempts to protect her was very bittersweet. This story is very much about family, which I liked, and not about the one you’re born into but the one you make. I also loved that all the brothers are musicians, as I enjoy stories in which music plays a decent size part. I like Aiden and his part in their family. He’s had such a rough time all around. Ozzie deserves a mention too, and looking forward to seeing more of him in future stories.

I really felt for Ethan with his tragic loss at the beginning of the story. I thought the author did a great job in keeping me guessing as to was responsible for his family’s death. I enjoyed Ethan and Marcus’ growing attraction and relationship. Marcus’ ability is very cool. I loved how, despite Ethan having to take on a different role in one part of the story, Marcus makes it very clear to him that they are equals.

The action scenes are edge-of-seat reading, and kept me turning pages.

I’m looking forward to reading each brother’s story. I loved what I saw of them in this story, they’re very much individuals with their own quirks. I liked how Ethan held his own with them, and gives as good as he gets with the banter.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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