Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Title: Vigil
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60820-172-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Vampire
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Donte and Adin are still together, or mostly, but they continue to have serious differences of opinion. Donte is worried about the life and safety of his human lover and isn’t happy he continues to refuse to be turned. Adin, on the other hand, isn’t happy that his vampire lover can’t accept that a future as a bloodsucking immortal isn’t for him.

While they’re fighting, Adin agrees to meet a fellow book procurer and in a case of mistaken identity is taken at gunpoint to a secret location where he discovers a young teenage boy, Bran, in chains, who is for sale. Determined to rescue this boy, Adin pays the required money, but before he can turn him over to the authorities, Adin learns Bran isn’t ordinary at all. And he isn’t human either. That means Adin needs to figure out who wants Bran and why.

It also means Adin needs help. Not just Donte’s, but his friends Edward and Tuan, too. Because things aren’t as clear cut as they appear on the surface and sometimes danger comes in innocent looking packages.

Vigil is the sequel to Notturno and once again, ZA Maxfield has created a well written and plotted story that’s just as enthralling as its predecessor. The relationship between Adin and Donte is no smoother than before. They fuss, fight, feud, snipe and hurt each other at every turn but there’s never a doubt of how much this unusual vampire and his obstinate human lover care for each other and this is just one way the author has excelled. She’s taken these two vastly dissimilar men in experience and temperament and, with creativity and flair, crafted them into a strangely perfect couple.

There’s further development of the personalities of both Adin and Donte and we also get to see more of how deep their feelings have grown…their love, passion and commitment, despite all the danger, intrigue and betrayal that surrounds them at every turn. I liked learning more about returning secondary characters Edward, Tuan, Santos and Boaz and the addition of the mysterious Bran to the plotline was an interesting and unexpected development.

Overall the story is top-notch, with a smooth flowing, believable plot and characters who I love to read about. The next release in the series, Matins, is slated for release in 2011. I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens to Adin and Donte next.

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