Book Review – Saving Rafe by Jocelynn Drake

A huge thanks to IndiGo Marketing and Design for the opportunity to read and review this book!


Lords of Discord #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 276
Characters: Rafe/Philippe
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Series

Blurb:
Rafe Varik

The troublemaker. The risk taker. The sexy club owner full of wicked promises.

Rafe has devoted his immortal existence to pleasure and causing mischief.

The only ones who can depend on him are his brothers. Of course, that’s very much a Varik thing.

But when the leader of the Arsenault clan specifically requests Rafe’s help in tracking down a killer, he can’t say no.

Sure, Rafe claims he’s doing it for his family. They’ve attracted too many enemies and could use a few allies.

That’s not the whole truth, though.

There’s something about Philippe Arsenault that draws Rafe in. He wants more of Philippe.

The vampire leaves him longing for another second in his presence, another taste of his lips, another caress of those perfect fingers.

Yet when it’s all over, what will become of Philippe and Rafe. Because Philippe will always be an Arsenault, and Rafe will always be a Varik.

Saving Rafe is the second book in an MM paranormal romance series that has vampires, betrayal, annoying brothers, music, heartbreak, hope, sexy times, and a pair of star-crossed lovers.

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Review

I got hooked on this series with book 1, and loved Rafe and Philippe’s story.

The world building is fabulous, and I like the slightly different take on vampires, with each vampire having a power once they’ve turned. I also enjoy stories which are very political in their world building and this one ticks all those boxes too.

I loved Rafe and Philippe, and their developing friendship and romance. They complement each other well, and I liked how they fill the emptiness in each other’s lives. I also liked the emotion in their scenes together as it felt very real.

The mystery as to who is behind the killings kept me turning pages. Although I’d guessed who it was—but not until much later into the book—there was still enough doubt to make me not quite sure until the reveal. The action scenes are well written and edge of seat reading.

I loved the family theme throughout the story. It’s not just with the Variks, but also others too. I really felt for Philippe with his ability pushing him into a role he really didn’t want, and his trying to make a safe refuge for those in his clan.

One thing I love about reading in series is catching up on characters from previous books, while getting to know new ones. I liked that Aiden played a bigger onscreen role in this story. I like him, and it’s obvious seeing him in action why he’s the leader, and has stepped into the father figure role, of the Variks. I hope he gets his own happy ending at some point.

The supporting cast are well fleshed out, yet left me wanting to know their stories. Gideon’s is tragic, yet he’s a strong character despite it, or perhaps because of it. I loved Lola. She totally rocks. I also would like to see more of Edgar. The glimpse of him tugged at my heartstrings with his watching his family from a distance.

I’m already looking forward to Bel and Winter’s stories, and more of the advancing overarching series plot. More please.

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 https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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