Genre: Historical Vampire Romance
Queer Rep: Gay, Bi
Warnings: Vampire violence, graphic injuries
[Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]
Ancient vampire Andrew escaped his tropical island exile with his beloved human sailor, Edmund. They’ve now returned to Andrew’s home in nineteenth-century New Orleans and must navigate not only their developing relationship—and equally haunted pasts—but also a hungry coven of vampires Andrew used to call friends.
Desperate to stay by Andrew’s side forever, Edmund examines the impressive coven library in search of an Elder, the only creature capable of turning Edmund. Although missing for centuries, Andrew believes an Elder must still survive somewhere; they just have to find him.
Escaping Solitude is the sequel to “Escaping Exile”, which I highly enjoyed. Andrew and Edmund are back, and we’re beginning to see an even greater shift in Andrew’s personality and priorities while also seeing a deeper, maybe darker version of Edmund.
While I really enjoyed Bauer’s vicious intro to this trilogy, I also enjoyed seeing the more domestic facets of the couple here. It was another fast and fun read, and is a great choice for anyone craving a quick and carnal vampire romp.
The plot here was pretty straightforward, but with minor detours that help it feel well-built and a bit more complex than what might appear on the surface. My only complaint for this piece was the same complaint I had for the last piece: they fall in love too fast.
Andrew was supposedly a murderous (but repentant) and generally not-so-good vampire before meeting Edmund, and even if we make this a love at first bite story, the resulting “I want to spend eternity with you” just feels like too much. Puppy love and infatuation exist. I’m not arguing their attachment to each other in the moment. But to have spent so little time together and come away with the conclusion that eternity is obviously the answer…
But you know what? I decided it is what it is, and moved past it. Ignoring that small discomfort I had with the narrative still left me with a very fun novella that I very much enjoyed reading.
We’re in Louisiana instead of a deserted island this time, and Bauer’s descriptions are just as lovely as before. I enjoyed the change of scenery, but also enjoyed the comparisons the two companions made to “their island”.
Last time I was in love with Andrew, this time I was in love with Edmund. His bright, curious nature and charmingly childish antics were completely endearing. I love his intellect and his resolve, and getting to know him better only served to make me love him better.
I also enjoyed getting to know more of the coven. They brightened the story with their personalities and made the world feel more alive.
I enjoyed this piece from Sara Dobie Bauer, and I just know I’ll enjoy the last installment of the series as well. Her plots remain well-paced and her characters interesting. If you’re interested in seeing more of Andrew and Edmund, you should most definitely give this piece a go.
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