Hemovore (2nd edition) by Jordan Castillo Price. Even more to love.

hemovore-second-edition-by-jordan-castillo-priceHemovore
Edition: 2, re-edited with additional content, including the bonus 30-page novelette,Sweet
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Length: 96,000 words
ISBN: 978-1-935540-88-5
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price
Official Website: http://jcpbooks.com/ebook/hemovore

Summary:
Mark Hansen thought working as an artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section…. Didn’t happen. Not even once.

Jonathan Varga is an enigma. True, he’s quiet, generous, and scrupulously polite. But he has zero social life, refuses to be interviewed or photographed, and insists he can only consume feline blood.

Why supermarket blood won’t suffice, Mark hasn’t asked. He’s rarely at a loss for words—he can dish an insult and follow it with a snap as quick as you can say “Miss Thang.” But one look at Jonathan’s black-as-sin gypsy eyes, and Mark’s objections drain away.

So he endures the perpetual grind of their routine: Jonathan hiding in his studio, swiping black paint onto black canvases. Mark hurling insults while he buffs the office to a shine with antiviral wipes. Each of them avoiding the other in a careful choreography…until a blurb in Art in America unleashes a chain of harrowing events.

As secrets from Jonathan’s past are brought to light, it becomes clear that all his precautions weren’t nearly enough.

Second expanded edition includes bonus novelette Sweet

 

Review:  LYLBTB 50 star
 When I read the first edition I loved the fresh take on vampirism. The new virus, Human Hemovore Virus (HHR) Is the latest life threatening and life altering virus to plague humankind. It has changed how people interact even more than the HIV virus has.
 
“Safe sex. As if. No sex with a vampire was safe sex. You couldn’t even dry-kiss without someday finding yourself on the long road to a permanent liquid diet…if you even survived all three hideous stages of the disease, which a majority of the people who contracted it did not.”

 

I enjoyed the authors exploration of what life living with the virus is like for V-positives and what it is like for V-negatives and how this affects all interactions between people in this new age. The main characters, Mark and Jonathan, a v-negative man working for a v-positive artist illustrate the complexities for both. That said, this story is also about romance, relationships, mystery, intrigue, murder and dealing with life’s obstacles. It has humor, love and a grittiness that I adore in Jordan Castillo Price’s storytelling. I loved every moment!

This edition includes a novelette titled Sweet. I absolutely adored this story. It is a wonderful look into the lives of the main characters after the end of Hemovore. I am afraid to say anything for fear of giving something away, except that it is sweet, I did tear up a bit and thought it was perfect.
Review copy provided by author for honest review. I have the first edition in my library and I was eager to read this new edition which included an exclusive novella, so I requested a book for an honest review.

Buy Links:

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Amazon kindle book http://amzn.to/2kho1oq

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Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to rural small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” girls with tattoos and boys in eyeliner.

Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her mind-bending trilogy Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.

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