Title: Feed. Prey. Love.
Author: DH Starr
Publisher: AI Press
At Whispering Hills where mortals and paranormals coexist peacefully – and romantically – love really does bite!
Talib Eldridge is a vampire who lives with guilt. 100 years ago, he accidentally turned a human to a vampire and has been afraid to get close to anyone for fear of ever losing control as he once did. When he meets Conley Berillo, his commitment to living in isolation is challenged. Immediately drawn to the human, he can’t help but fall in love.
Conley has always felt out of place. Never fitting in with others, he too has lived in isolation. When the existence of paranormal creatures is finally acknowledged, he feels an immediate affinity to the outcasts, still feared and hated by humans. Moving to Whispering Hills in Providence, Rhode Island, he knows immediately that he belongs to this new world. When he meets Talib, that conviction is only solidified.
When Jonah Townsend, the human Talib had turned about a hundred years earlier, re-enters the picture, Talib and Conley’s newfound happiness is threatened. Conley becomes the tool that Jonah uses to get back at Talib and Talib is forced to make a choice. Fight for his own happiness and risk Conley’s life, or put Conley’s safety first and sacrifice what he’s searched and struggled for over two hundred years!
Paranormal and D.H. Starr go together amazingly well. This author took me on a journey I wasn’t so sure I was ready to take but somehow or another managed to keep me hooked from the beginning, through the middle right until the last page, leaving me wishing I could reach out to hug him for a story well done.
He had called him special. “Whatever you wish to teach me, I am willing to learn” And due to this one sentence, you know something more is going to happen, something is happening and sure enough, young Talib is turned by the one man, his own teacher, who he trusted with all of his young innocent heart. “Yes, but I am more. Will you allow me to show you what I am? May I introduce you to the world I live in, one quite different from the world you know?” This is when the rabbi took advantage of the young man, he did what he did because he was tired of being alone. Poor unsuspecting and trusting Talib is thrown into a life he knows nothing of, but knows what the rabbi did was wrong and he will never forgive the other vampire. “Talib, I am a creature of the night. You have a choice to make. I have drained you to the point of death. You will die if I do not feed you, but if you accept my gift, you will become what I am, and we can spend our lives together, for all eternity.” Of course he elects life, if that’s what you can call it. However, he hates what the man has done to him, he’s a creature of the night and with that knowledge he tells the rabbi there is no way in hell he’d spend his life with him, not even when the man begs him saying he’s so lonely. And that line is important to the whole story.
Talib runs, he runs far, knowing he can’t disgrace his family or see them again. He’s a monster and promises not to ever do what’s been done to him to anyone else. However, after a failed relationship with one man, he loses control with another, Jonah and turns him but when he sees the pure animal in the other man he runs again, swearing off men for the rest of his vampire life, that is until he meets Conley through a mutual friend where they live The Whispering Hills apartment complex.
This is a place and time where humans are aware of paranormal beings and learn to co-exist with one another. There is a vampire counsel to keep up with and help to control out of control vampires. There are also elves and one of my favorite characters in this story. He’s very convincing and demanding and somewhat…elfish. He doesn’t stop until he gets what he wants and he’s almost 100% certain that Talib and Conley belong together, so he arranges a party for them to meet, he serves a drink to bring Conley’s guard down a bit, as he is somewhat shy and very lonely.
Eventually the rue works in the elf’s favor however there is some pain when Jonah shows back up to reclaim his love of Talib, and he threatens Conley’s life by biting him to draw Talib out and to walk away with him. What a lot of angst there is I have to say. I feel bad for Talib, terribly so, and then Conley, wow, that poor man just has no idea what he’s in for.
I really enjoyed my time with these characters and it’s the start of a series! I can’t wait for the others to show up. I highly recommend this read for a mix of vamp and human love.
Reviewed By: Michele