Dana reviews The Vampire and the M.D. (The Vampire and… Book 3) by J.P. Bowie (Published by MLR Press, April 19, 2017, 173 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb: When Dr. Blake Farnon hits a shadowy figure with his car, he is astounded when the man almost instantaneously recovers from the accident. But Daniel Vale is no ordinary man, as Blake soon discovers. Daniel is Vampire, and not only that, works for the US government in a secret department of the FBI.
At first wary of the undeniably handsome vampire, Blake cannot resist Daniel’s allure for long. From the moment Daniel shows up at Blake’s apartment with a poisoned silver sword imbedded in his side, Blake is hurled into an adventure he never dreamed he would be a part of.
Demons, ancient gods and a vindictive goddess determined to tear apart the fragile fabric of world peace after the Middle East War, can only be stopped by other supernatural beings–vampires. And Blake finds himself caught up in the fight, whether he wants to be or not. Can his fledging relationship with Daniel possibly survive? He’d thought it crazy enough he’d fallen for a vampire, but the rest of it? What would his mother say?
I am a big fan of this series and was excited when we were able to get a review copy for this newest release. Each book features a different couple and realistically could be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading them all. The first books will help introduce you to this futuristic/alternative version of the world we live in. Vampires are known to exist and live and work among us even as CEO’s and government spies.
In the first two books there was intrigue and mystery. This book continues in the same manner but has some unexpected twists. Like the first two books, the story starts when vampire male meets human male and attraction is sparked. Daniel is a vampire secret agent who is accidentally hit by Blake’s car. Though Daniel likes Blake and is drawn to him, he works in a business that could end up putting Blake in danger. Even after a scorching encounter he vows to leave Blake alone.
Blake is a doctor and veteran of a long lasting war in the Middle East. Blake has seen a lot of things in the war and the existence of vampires is common knowledge, so he isn’t phased at all that one of them is in his home, not to mention that he’s hot! Even though he hasn’t had luck with relationships, he quickly sees potential in the vampire.
Besides the romance in the story, Daniel’s job has him trying to stop drugs from entering the country in a deal from two different cartels in two different countries that suddenly want to work together. The plot thickens when demons and poisoned goods enter the picture and someone from the recent war tries to resurrect ancient Egyptian Gods. The story is a little all over, but I really enjoyed it as hidden ties and plots were revealed. Even though Daniel carries a secret in his blood and has the help from his vampire friends and characters from the first two books, I did feel that the fight between vampires and Gods ended much quicker than I thought it would.
Even though I was happy with the conclusion as it was, I felt like the fighting should have been more drawn out, that the battle might have been a little more evenly matched. I really liked the main characters and was pleased with the return of former main characters. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Blake’s family at first, but they turned out to be supportive and sweet. Blake’s brother in law is funny after he gets a little whammy from Daniel. All in all it was an excellent addition to the series. I hope there will be more in the future.
8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
J.P. Bowie was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. He wrote his first (unpublished) novel – a science fiction tale of brawny men and brawnier women that made him a little suspect in the eyes of his family for a while.
Leaving home at age eighteen for the bright lights of London, he found himself in the midst of a “diverse and creative crowd” that eventually led him to the performing arts. For the next twelve years he sang, danced and acted his way around the theatres of London and the provinces, appearing in shows with many famous British singers, actors and comedians.
After immigrating to the US and living for many years in Las Vegas where he worked for that incomparable duo, Siegfried and Roy, J.P. found himself entranced by the fair city of San Diego where he currently lives with his partner, Phil.
J.P. loves to hear from his readers and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org