Title: Ghost Flower (Banpaia 2)
Author: AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Publisher: eXtasy Press
Characters: Feng, Banpaia
In this sequel to Banpaia, Feng Li has returned to his earthly life, going through the motions of each day. But something is missing…something, out there, just beyond his reach.
Feng and Russell have made a life together in LA’s Chinatown, except that Feng has no memory of the centuries-old vampire, the imperious, mysterious Banpaia, who abducted, then returned them and dozens of other men to their everyday lives.
Feng had fallen in love with Banpaia, who also fell in love with Feng, only to allow the man he’d chosen to be his life mate to return to Earth and try to live a human existence. As Feng’s happiness and very life force ebb away each day, Russell is growing stronger. He remembers the great vampire and uses his memories to great manga. Time may be growing short for an increasingly despondent Feng unless he can remember his one true love and go to him willingly, before the next Halloween…
I have to say that this book is as intriguing and as well written as the first in the series. It starts off with a very depressed Feng and immediately has you wondering why? He got what he wanted most, he found his love, he has a place to live, and hardly no memory of his horrid past, why is this young man so unhappy? He’s lost interest in what he used to enjoy, he goes through life battling to remember something, anything and at the same time he is in a relationship with who he thought he loved, Russell who he lives with. However, this is not the case.
Fengs world is no longer filled with the colors life has to offer, he’s not excelling in life as the other boys who were taken in the mist by Banpaia. If anything, since he got back, he’s worse and he’s to the point that I as a reader really wondered if he was going to just end it all. But Feng, he’s a fighter and he works hard at remembering what he’d forgotten. Now, Russell, his lover grows stronger every single day, he’s become a famous Manga artist, very popular amongst the reading community but even he has something unsettling about him that we know has to do with the vampire he’d been with almost a year ago. He holds the answers to Fengs questions, yet he doesn’t share for reasons known only to him. Perhaps its greed, jealousy? Who knows really. All we do know is that Russell went from being a pretty decent guy to a prick in almost no time.
Feng has until Halloween to remember Banpaia, he has just days to remember the love of his life, for if he does not, he’ll fade away just as Banpaia will.
The angst in this story is there, the characterization, the setting, the backstory, the set-up, the mystery and the love is all here. You must pay close attention though and once you read you’ll see why. There’s a lot going on here, and your heart will beat, it will feel and you just may find yourself wanting to reach through your readers to grab Feng and hold him tight. He’ll need it.
Reviewed By: Michele