Breathe 1: Sanguine Shadows by Willa Okati

Changeling Press

M/M Vampires

ISBN: 978-1-60521-167-1

Reviewed by Willow



Darce chose to live in this Texas backwoods for a reason. He likes to be left alone.  And he is until Raven comes along. Young and pretty, Raven is eternally bright and optimistic and thinks things should change. Much to the dismay of the Sanguine, a tribunal of judges. They want things to stay just like they are.

Raven wants Darce by his side. He won’t take no for an answer and insinuates himself under Darce’s skin. He’s fearless and ready to do battle for all bloodkind. Instead of killing Raven, the Sanguine make Darce responsible for him. Maybe they’ll kill each other and the Problem of Raven will be solved. Not quite how it works out but Raven isn’t complaining. There’s a reason he sought out Darce. Will it lead to a happily ever after? Or just a new age for the bloodkind?

I’m not exactly overjoyed with this first book in the Sanguine Shadows series. Breathe 1: Sanguine Shadows is a good opening to what is to come but it felt a little forced to me. I am a big fan of Willa Okati and have always enjoyed her books. But none of the characters grabbed me and made me want to know more about them. Darce is a loner whose existence is invaded by Raven who delights in pushing Darce into giving in to both their desires. Okay. And then? I do have to say that I loved how I heard a film noir narrator in my head. I wanted a quiet drink. This backwoods bar was just the place. And then he walked in. You never know what little gems you’ll find when you read. I will be reading the next installment of the series because you have to sift to find those gems.


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