Wendy reviews Seeing Red by T.C.Orton. Published 5/6/2016, File size 2245 KB.
I read this book because I was so impressed with this authors first work in this genre that I couldn’t wait to see what he had created for us to read next! I am so glad that I continued to follow this author because it was just a joy to see how he has developed and grown as a writer just between this book and the last.
Isaac is nineteen, living on the sofa of his best friend’s brother – Eric – after his bible-loving parents tossed him aside because of his sexuality. After two years of struggling to make sense of his life, Eric and Charlotte convince Isaac to attend Red’s gig; an up and coming rock band with a small cult following.
All hell breaks loose and Isaac is left injured, with the whereabouts of his friends unknown and his body crippled on the ground. It’s then that the four members – Troy, Nicolai, Kyle and Moss – aid Isaac by infecting him with a ‘magical’ virus that grants immortality in exchange for consuming blood.
The ‘Paranorm’ world is exposed to Isaac. Vampires, werewolves and warlocks lurk in the depths of the city he has lived in his entire life, but he won’t become one with the night until he completes his nine-month transition, leaving him in the hands of the band and at the mercy of vampire politics.
This story which follows the authors previous book Omega Moon is not an M-Preg like Omega, but continues in the same fantastic world that was created in that book. It is a part of that same world, but can be read as a stand-alone.
Isaac, the young man who is living with his best friend after being kicked out of his home once his parents found out he was gay, is out for an evening to see a new band called Seeing Red in an underground venue. He doesn’t know that the band members are actually really vampires, he just thinks that they are wearing disguises to look like the creatures who definitely live amongst them.
After the night comes to a disastrous conclusion, leaving his best friends whereabouts unknown, his best friend’s sister dead and Isaac himself dying upon the stage that the band was to perform on, Isaac finds that he himself has been turned and is transitioning into a vampire.
The transition takes place over a significant period of time and because he needs the blood of his sires and each of the band members were needed to save him, he finds himself living with them. His transition isn’t easy and he finds himself struggling to adapt to his new life. He is helped along his journey by his vampire sires and almost immediately finds himself having feelings for the one named Nicoli who returns his attraction. Isaac and Nicoli build their relationship slowly over a matter of months but as Nicoli is falling in love, Isaac finds himself torn between the very sweet vampire Nicoli and his growing attraction to the cold and dark vampire Moss.
It was amazing to watch Isaac learn to embrace his new life as he discovered things about himself that he had no idea he was capable of. Add to this… suspense and mystery and a plot against the Royal vampire family and you have enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages of this book just as fast as you can read.
While I would call this a romance, the sex doesn’t happen right away. This is another reason this book is more complicated than it seems initially, Isaac waits and gives great thought to the gifting of his body to someone. But when the sex does happen?… Man, oh man, it is smoking hot! This author can write sex scenes as well as any I’ve ever read. I loved that T.C. Orton’s world of supes just keeps growing and getting better. The characters have great chemistry together and even the secondary characters are well developed. I hope that T.C. Orton continues to spin off these guys, because I think as a series, this could be one of the greats in the paranormal genre.
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