Book Review : Sire (Beautiful Monsters #2) By Jex Lane
Sire by Jex Lane tells the story of Matthew, who’s still mending a broken heart while spending his year avoiding incubi and their army of hunters.
Now he has a new goal: lift the shroud on his past. Why had he been turned and abandoned by his sire? Why didn’t he feel the initial bond between sire and child that vampires experience? Who were his parents, and why had they given him up at birth?
Frustrated by dead ends, his luck changes when a teenage girl tracks him down. She’s strange, socially awkward, and she can see the future. Matthew’s future. She’ll help him if he agrees to save her from the darkness…from Tarrick.
With the incubi armies closing in, a mysterious protector appears, swearing his fealty to Matthew. He’s ancient, seductive, and cursed—unable to explain why he keeps calling Matthew ‘my prince’.
A Sneak Peek Into “Sire”
“I shouldn’t have…so stupid…he could have killed me and then what would have happened? It must unfold correctly…but he could help…what was I thinking?”
“Fate hates being messed with. There is always a price.”
Oooooookaaay. She sounded as if the cheese had slid off her cracker a while ago.
Matthew watched as she hailed a cab. He took note of the address she gave and followed the car, bounding from rooftop to rooftop. The cab came to a stop in front of a square, ten-story apartment building in a seedy area of town. He watched her enter.
Before the door closed behind her, he jumped off the roof and dashed into the building. He hid behind a pillar as she waited for the elevator. The lobby was trashy, with broken chairs and vandalized walls. Fluorescent lights flickered above him, threatening to die at any moment.
The ramshackle elevator arrived and the young woman got on.
Matthew waited until the doors were nearly closed then slipped in, moving so quickly she didn’t see him enter. It wasn’t until the elevator was passing the third floor that she noticed he was standing beside her. Her eyes grew wide and she pressed herself into the corner.
He smiled down at her. “Care to tell me what you were doing back at the club?”
She shook her head as she trembled.
Matthew reached out and touched her arm. It was colder than his was. He tried to force her body to release chemicals to calm her down but it seemed to have no effect. Odd. He looked at her eyes to compel her. “There’s no need to fear me. Tell me what you were doing at the club.”
She blinked at him.
He had no control over her. It wasn’t that she was resisting his will –– or even fighting it –– but rather, it was as if she didn’t exist. He might as well have been compelling air.
“What are you?” he asked.
She studied him for a few moments then finally spoke. “Are you going to kill me?”
“I wasn’t planning on it.”
The elevator doors opened on the ninth floor. She sidestepped away from him and walked out. He followed her down the windowless hall, with its fraying carpet and peeling paint, to a door near the end. She reached into her dress and produced a key. He hand shook so hard that it took her a few tries before she got the key into the slot.
Walking in, she shut the door behind her.
Matthew crossed his arms and leaned against the wall. He could have stopped her from going into her apartment, but he didn’t want to frighten her even more. And, she had sought him out; there must be something she wanted from him. He decided to wait.
He listened as she moved around her small apartment. It sounded as if she was packing. When she opened the for again, she wore pants along with a heavy coat, scarf, beanie, and gloves.
“Going out?” Matthew asked.
“Yes. You’re taking me with you.”
“Is that so?”
“Yes. You’re going to save me and I’m going to save you.”
“I was so lonely until you came along. I’m afraid you’re going to leave me and I don’t want to be alone anymore.
Please don’t leave me,” she pleaded.
Matthew laughed at the plain-looking girl. “What’s your name?”
“Samantha, but you call me Sam.”
“I’m sorry to disappoint you, Sam, but I’m not taking you with me.”
“Yes, you are.” She was determined.
“Do you know what I am, human?” Matthew asked her, amused.
“How do you know my name?”
“Agree to save me and I’ll tell you.”
“I don’t make agreements before I know all the details. It gets me in trouble. Why don’t you invite me in and we’ll talk about it?”
Samantha stretched her neck and looked down the hall towards the elevator as much as she could without actually crossing the threshold of her door. The elevator was coming up to this floor. “We don’t have time. If he gets ahold of me, I’ll be used like the others.”
It struck Matthew that he wasn’t the reason fear was pumping through her. “Who?”
“They’ll be here soon to take me to him. I’m sorry I’m weak and I’m changing things. Please save me.” Panic rose in her voice.
“Who is coming?”
“Darkness and dust.”
“I don’t know what that means.”
She glanced down the hall at the elevator again. “He’s here.”
The doors to the elevator dinged and slid open. The smell of night and earth hit Matthew a fraction of a second before he saw who stood there. He blinked with disbelief; when he was sure what he was seeing was real, his breathing stopped as fear rose.
It was Tarrick.
The High Lord General himself.
“Come back. I promise you won’t be punished for escaping. Or what you’ve done since.” Tarrick sounded like a lover, warm and intimate. A tear escaped and rolled down Matthew’s face. “You belong with us. With me,” Tarrick said.
“You always tell such beautiful lies.”
3 Words to Sum Up This Book
INTENSE, ACTION-PACKED, EMOTIONAL
I’ve been trying to take my sweet-ass-time with this series, as when I picked it up, I didn’t check whether or not this series has been completed. And what do you know? With my wonderful luck, turns out that the series is still on going with no sure date of when the next installment is going to be published.
So your girl has been sitting anxiously on her butt all this time, trying to force myself to savor this book page by page instead of just binge-reading it all in one day. However, since we’re all here today to read a review on the 2nd book to the Beautiful Monsters series, I guess you and I both already know that I don’t have that much self control when it comes to good books. hehe.
Can I just say, Jex Lane absolutely knocked it out the park with this book. While I wasn’t quite so satisfied with how the first book Captive went, as it was filled with a lot of plot holes and whatnot, Ms. Lane proved me wrong with Sire. She definitely pulled all the punched with this book because once I started, it was nearly impossible for me to let my Kindle go for even just a few minutes.
What made me enjoy it so much, compared to the first book of the Beautiful Monster series “Captive”, was the fact that this time around, Matthew got to experience and figure out life being a vampire/incubus in his own way. In Captive, it felt a lot like Matthew had to suppress a lot of his personalities and thoughts as he was being controlled by the incubi.
However now, since he’s practically a free man, it’s refreshing to be able to see his character shine more and see him more relaxed –– at least somewhat –– compared to when he was a prisoner in Captive.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like Ms. Lane’s writing improved a lot compared to the previous book. All the lengthy unneeded description about places or people seems to have decreased by a lot, with the author only adding details that will help nudge the readers’ imagination to easier form a picture that she wanted to paint in our heads.
“Did your report say if…if Tarrick…”
“He is still alive,” she said.
“I’m sorry.” He was ashamed that he even asked. Tarrick and Ascelina were old enemies.
“You do not have to be. You are not the first vampire to fall for an incubus. You will not be the last.”
I’m truly happy to see that Ms. Lane seems to be an author that’s open to critique. Hopefully, this style of writing continues down the rest of the series.
BLOOD GUARDIAN DEVAK
Ah, where do I begin. It’s hard to not come off as a fangirl when I talk about Devak, but a girl shall try.
“I’m putting a lot of trust in you right now and I don’t even know you. If you fuck me over I’ll do everything in my power to hurt you,” Matthew said.
“I give you my word—I will not fuck you unless you wish it.”
Despite Devak coming into the series late, he stole my heart as if he was the main character. His “job” was to protect Matthew from god-knows-what since he wasn’t able to explain due to the curse that was cast on him. I don’t know about other readers, but for me, unlike with the Lord General Tarrick who was supposed to be the end-all-be-all for Matthew, I had no problem warming up to Devak.
From his constant brooding and calling Matthew “my prince” after being reprimanded time and time again to him just being a genuine person who always has Matthew’s back, I truly just enjoy the banter between these two. Not to mention, it’s truly a breath of fresh air to see Matthew actually enjoying himself instead of cowering in fear like he did every time he’s with Tarrick.
LORD GENERAL TARRICK
Honestly, I don’t have much to say on this one. I can’t say that my opinion of him has changed throughout the series. I didn’t like him in the first book, and in the second book, I find myself feeling indifferent towards Tarrick.
“I’m not on your side, and I never will be, you manipulative fuck.”
I mean, I don’t hate him, for what it’s worth. He has his nice moments. However, how much of it was real and how much of it was fabricated so that he could use it to further his own goals are beyond me. It’s fun and games at first when that’s how he was the first book. However, when he kept going back on the same tactic of oh-what-we-had-was-just-pure-lust and I-know-i’m-sexy-everyone-wants-me, at some point, you just gotta believe that that’s who he truly is, you know?
What I will never get is the fact that Matthew fell in love with Tarrick despite how he was treated. Not only that, it takes little effort on Tarrick part to make Matthew hard and ready to fuck. I mean seriously, you’d have thought that the boy had more in him than that. But no, one mention of Tarrick and next you know, Matthew is horny like a bitch in head.
I feel like in the future, if Ms. Lane wanted to pair these two up, she’s going to need to do a lot of damage control for me to want to ship them together. Because from what we’re having so far, I don’t know girl, this ship is looking like it’s sinking. And it’s sinking fast. It’s not impossible of course, but there are a lot of things that I’d like Tarrick to be sorry for before even thinking of wanting him and Matthew to be a couple.
One of the things that I enjoy about reading a fantasy novel –– as I believe most people do as well –– is the author’s ability to create a world that is just so mind-blowingly awesome and amazing with all these creatures and their powers.
The universe Ms. Lane created was so real, and so vivid that whenever I read it, I was always immediately sucked into the story. There wasn’t a time where I would just read a few paragraphs and decided that I wanted to call it quits for the day. I don’t know about you, but I have read hundreds of books, and there really are just a handful of novels that can instantly suck me into the story as soon as I started reading. And to me, that is one of the most precious skills to have as an author.
For the first time in a long time, Matthew found himself hopeful for the future. Maybe karma was finally rewarding him for the hardships and pain he had endured the past few years. He tricked himself into believing it.
He should have known better.
Everyone can write, but the people who can make the world come to life using just words and made you forget time and place while you’re reading it, deserved to be cherished for the beautiful and amazing writer that they are.
I absolutely loved this second installation to the Beautiful Monsters Series by Jex Lane. I don’t know if she’s be taking in the critiques from her readers, but through Sire, it truly shows how much her writing and storyline has improved.
When in book one, Captive, the plot just seemed to be dragged out, in Sire we’re blessed with action on action on action. Honestly, even without the hectic and complicated romance, the action alone would have made this series worth the read.
And to those of you who are thinking of giving this series a try, definitely do! Although keep in mind that this is an on-going series with the author herself not having a sure date for book 4 yet even after delaying it for 2 years. Not to mention, a little birdie told me that she’s planning to write 5 to 6 books for the Beautiful Monsters Series. So please, proceed at your own risks dear reader.