Friday, May 20, 2016

Deep Deliverance by Z.A. Maxfield

Forever is a long time. Even for a vampire.

When Adin Tredeger discovers his lover Donte’s role in turning him into a vampire, he’s outraged. The opportunity to attend Ned Harwiche’s funeral is perfect for putting some distance between them, but as a newly turned vampire, he mustn’t go alone.

Cristobel Santos—one of Donte’s lifelong enemies—and an attractive Irish vampire named Sean offer to chaperone his trip. They are as determined to help him as he is to reject their aid.

While Adin fights his new reality he’s kidnapped by rogue hunters and used as a lab rat in some skin-searing experiments. Adin’s distress electrifies his connection to Donte, but rescue is only the beginning…

Warning: Hot vampires, spoiled teens, big cat shifters, and two men trying to figure out how to squeeze several lifetimes’ worth of love into every moment of their big, fat eternity. Ouch…

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Book 3
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Samhain  Publishing

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

You need to read the first two books in this series before reading this book. I really liked this series when I didn’t think I would. Adin and Donte were just a great couple and even with all the issues and differences, I couldn’t help but root for them. I did like the addition of shifters. The part where Adin was kidnapped was a good touch though, I thought that added something to the story. The ending, of course, was predictable, at least to me it was, but overall I really enjoyed all three books.

Characters: Well written
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: Paranormal M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

3 fangy stars.

Deep Deliverance is no doubt the highly anticipated third book in a newly titled series of books (the previous 2 had different titles, as was the series title. Also released by a different publisher. So please check to make sure you're not double-buying. Notturno & Vigil are listed as book 1&2 of the Hours Trilogy. Newly published as Deep Desire and Deep Deception from the Deep series.)

As always, I appreciate the wit and intelligent flow of Maxfield's writing style. However, I had a difficult time with Adin during this installment. Learning the true reason of his reluctant turning, he turns into a spiteful child. I can't imagine the loss of power over his own life Adin feels. But he begins acting like the baby Donte calls him.

Donte means a vampire baby, not an irrational, vindictive, petty 30+ year old intellectual who seemed to forget he has a PhD, not in middle school with hormonal teenage girls.

Basically, the entire premise of this book was Adin forgetting that perhaps those with 500 years of living experience, 500 years of being a vampire, would know a thing or two more than a 30 year old who was just turned. As with the other installments, this one more than the others, Adin has no issue putting everyone in danger while whining, which I found bizarre as he actually listened to Boaz in book 2 about doing just that. Yet he didn't learn, did he?

I'm sorry. I enjoy the author's voice and the dry witty humor that never fails to bring a smile to my face. Together, Adin and Donte have some incredible banter, for which I appreciate. But I had a difficult time reading this book in its entirety because Adin progressively devolved over the series, instead of evolving mentally/emotionally to deal with physically being top of the food chain.

I'm also confused as to why it became a thing in vampire literature to have the newly turned vampire not own their true nature by always going after animals. Feeling as if they fed from a human, it somehow makes them monsters. Yet Adin had no issue with Donte feeding from him when he was human, and feeding from Donte as a vampire. Does this irrationality make any sense? I see it in about 90% of every vampire book I read. Yet Adin had no issue feeding from Donte after Donte fed from a human. Like a baby bird eating half-digested food from its momma, it doesn't make it no longer the animal in which they eat. Adin was still drinking from a human, no matter if Donte was the middle man or not.

Adin just came off as fickle, always right even when beyond wrong, and irrational. I truly do feel bad saying this, but this overshadowed my enjoyment.

Recommended to MM romance fans who like a lot of steamy and Urban Fantasy fans who are breaking into reading the genre. Beware, the romance is the focal point, not the world building, so if you're a hardcore UF reader, you might want a pass on this. Not much truly happens in the course of all three books. I apologize, but I had to give my honest opinion.

Will I read more by this author. Most definitely. Clearly this series wasn't for me, but the author's voice is what kept me reading until the end of all three books.

Also Available in the Deep Series

Book 1
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Samhain  Publishing

For reviews & more info, check out our Deep Desire post.

Book 2
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Samhain  Publishing

For reviews & more info, check out our Deep Deception post.

Z. A. Maxfield is a fifth-generation native of Los Angeles, although she now lives in the O.C. She started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four manages to find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can do if you completely give up housework.”

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Deep Deliverance (Deep #3) by Z.A. Maxfield to read and review. Review copy was purchased by the blog.

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