Dana reviews Claiming Marcus (Lords of Discord Book 1) by Jocelynn Drake (Self published October, 31, 2019, 350 pages. Released on audio March 2, 2020, Narrated by Kenneth Obi, 10hrs 30mins length.)
Why I read this: I am a big fan of Jocelynn Drake’s co-authored Unbreakable Bonds series and saw that this series was about vampires and just knew I had to see what it was all about. I am also a big fan of the narrator Kenneth Obi. I won a code for this audio and am happy to leave an honest review.
Vampires slaughtered my family. No one believed me until I met some new friends, who promised to help me get justice.
But nothing prepared me for Marcus Varik. Tall, dark, and mind-numbingly sexy. But he’s also shy, protective, and adorably eccentric.
Oh God, I should have never agreed to betray him. Hopefully, it’s not too late to fix my mistake before I lose more people I love.
Claiming Marcus is the first book in an MM paranormal romance series that has vampires, betrayal, annoying brothers, music, heartbreak, hope, sexy times, and a raven named Ozzie.
I am a big fan of the Unbreakable Bonds series and the Ward Security series that this author writes along with Rinda Elliott. I have also checked out Jocelynn Drake’s Exit Strategy series. It is safe to say that I really like the suspense and action writing of this author. As a paranormal lover as well, I could not resist Claiming Marcus. Vampires, action, suspense!!! I was in!
The first book of this series really sets up the world and lets the reader know how and why Marcus Varick and his three brothers; Rafe, Beltran, and Winter became vampires. In this world, there is a political system overseeing the vampire’s behavior and besides the romance there is a lot of conspiracy and a possible takeover of the council that adds a lot of mystery and drama to the mix.
Ethan is a human who learned about vampires at a young age when his whole apartment building fell victim to a crazy female vampire and her henchmen. Learning about a female vampire with three sons, made Ethan suspect so he gets a job working for one of those sons. What little he thought he knew about vampires proves to be incorrect and he knows immediately that Marcus is not only sexy but is not evil. He continues to spy on the family until he meets Marcus’s mother. While she does have some issues, Ethan is able to rule her out as the killer of his family and he wants out. But there is a anti-vamp group that isn’t for letting vampires live just because they aren’t guilty of that particular crime and they don’t want to just let Ethan out.
Many revelations happen and a few lives are lost (one in particular is bittersweet.) Eventually the mastermind of the council’s problems is revealed to be using the anti-vamp group as well, and she has unfinished business for one of the main characters. I really liked the setup of this world and I love the relationship between the brothers. They have moments where they don’t seem quite as close, with Winter and Bel being a little aloof. And Rafe seems like he wants to revel in the hedonism that seems to be stereotypical of vampires. But if a brother needs help or a possibly new member of the family is introduced they are there for each other in a big way. I really can’t wait for more of this series. Rafe’s book is out and we know he is bisexual but Winter and Bel’s preferences haven’t been stated yet. I will definitely read all their stories though.
I can’t end this review without mentioning the narration. Kenneth Obi is very talented, and I enjoy his voice. He varies his manner of speaking to separate at least the two main characters and he emotes well. He did a great job bringing this story to life.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
It started with a battered notebook. Jocelynn Drake wrote her first story when she was 12 years old. It was a retelling of Robin Hood that now included a kick-ass female who could keep up with all the boys and be more than just a sad little love interest. From there, she explored space, talked to dragons, and fell in love again and again and again.
This former Kentucky girl has moved up, down, and across the U.S. with her patient husband. They’ve settled near the Rockies…for now. She spends the majority of her time lost in the strong embrace of a good book.
When she’s not hammering away at her keyboard or curled up with a book, she can usually be found cuddling with her cat Demona, walking her dog Ace, or flinging curses at the TV while playing a video game. Outside of books, furry babies, and video games, she is completely enamored of Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, and fast cars.
She is the author of the urban fantasy series: The Dark Days series and the Asylum Tales. She has just completed a gay romantic suspense series called The Exit Strategy about two assassins falling in love and trying to create a life together. Her newest project returns to her vampire roots with a new MM paranormal romance series.