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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

No Rest For the Wicked by AM Riley

No Rest For the Wicked by AM Riley
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Sci/Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (160 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Adam has gone through a lot of changes in the past year, a new taste for 'O' neg blood and allergy to sunlight being the least of them. Maybe it's the cute young grad student who has been sniffing around Adam's longtime sex partner, Peter. Or maybe immortality gives a man a little too much time to think. But Adam's feeling motivated to change a few of his ways. If he could just get Peter to stop working long enough to notice.

Peter has his own issues with dating a dead man. And after over a decade of being in love with a commitment-phobe, he's finding it hard to believe that Adam isn't sampling the goods of the hot young vampire he works with.

They manage their issues the way they always have. By not talking about them...until a high profile computer software genius turns up drained in Hollywood, revealing a new vampire gang in Los Angeles, and all of their troubles come to a head. There's no rest for the wicked.

Adam is back and this time he’s one of the good guys. A year ago Adam died like he always thought he would –- bravely in the line of duty as a cop. Unfortunately for him he also came back from the dead as a vampire. It’s taken Adam some time but he finally has managed to inject some stability and routine to his new life as an undead blood drinker but that’s about to be turned upside when a celebrity is discovered drained of all blood. Complicating matters, his long time casual relationship with Peter now has competition from a young, cute boy who adores Peter and can keep the sorts of promises Adam always seems to break.

As the sequel to Immortality is the Suck, No Rest for the Wicked definitely delivers the same fast-paced, high action entertainment as the first book. Adam is still our first person narrator and struggling with his new role as an undead good guy while trying desperately to be a decent boyfriend to Peter. Given Adam’s track record, his attempts to create a perfect date for Peter are adorable and delightful. That date ends as only it can for Adam and Peter with a dead body and the resulting police investigation is interesting and well crafted. Whereas the police case in the first book overwhelmed the story and injected some over the top elements, this time around the investigation is more integrated to the story and helps progress both Adam and Peter and their relationship.

Adam and Peter are the main focus this time and to their benefit. The push/pull aspect to their pairing is given more space as Adam is now in the unusual position of not getting everything he wants when he wants it and Peter shows a deft mastery in knowing how to handle Adam with a few well-meaning comments. Adam’s jealousy is a great component and shows a change to his character from his somewhat sluttish behavior in the previous book. The resolution to their relationship feels like the end to the series for these two but is completely satisfying. Fans can feel happy with the romantic and very fitting end. This series finishes up on the perfect note.

The writing is once again solid with quick dialogue and great descriptions. The fast paced makes the novella fly by and almost sorry it had to end. However, as I’ve said, the ending is wonderful and closes the chapter on these two with a great feeling. Although this can be read on its own and there are enough details to catch any reader up, I’d suggest reading Immortality first to fully appreciate the relationship between Peter and Adam and the changes both go through to get their happy ending. Although I’m sad this is the the last time I'll read about these great characters, this is a series I’ll easily read multiple times and suggest you do the same.

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