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  • Awesome Story !!

    There was a vampire in Cress Haven, Maine, and Johnathan Newman was dispatched to investigate, identify, and eliminate the “fiend”. His mentor was dropping him off outside of the town in the darkening woods and he would be picked up in a month, hopefully having succeeded in his mission. He was not given a weapon, as part of the test was to find what he needed in any environment. This was a survival situation, and he needed to figure out how he would make it out alive… no do-overs. And if he finished early, he could go fishing and use his time for a mini-vacation. And at the first howl, all thoughts of vacation vanished! Hungry and needing a room, he reached for his wallet that the drunk who had fallen into him had liberated. But a stranger told Mrs. Meech he would pay for the young man’s room and meal. Johnathan wanted to decline, but he pushed the bowl of stew in front of him and he had shoveled food into his mouth for a full minute before he remembered his manners. Vic asked him what sort of job he would do. He thought of the logging the town was noted for, but remembering his encounter in the woods, something hunting him, and its eyes staring at him through the trees, he dropped his spoon in the bowl. Vic had a poker face, but something told Johnathan Vic knew what he had seen. Then a scream sounded outside. The crowd gathered at the door, but Vic led him to an alley and when his eyes adjusted, he saw a very young dead woman, her body torn in half! This was not the work of a vampire. As Johnathan crouched next to the body, a cool, clinical, calculating part of him that people rarely saw took over and he assessed the victim carefully and his observations and interpretations are shared with the reader. The killer took something from the victim and left her to die a slow death. The law official arrived, but Johnathan was confused when he knelt in the blood and measured the length of the body parts. Was he the coroner maybe? No, he was a grave keeper and was compromising the scene. Where was the law? And how would anyone in this town have known to contact the Society he was from to ask for an investigation of the killer vampire? When the grave keeper asked if anyone knew her, someone suggested Alyse Shaw, the Pastor’s daughter. To Johnathan, she somehow looked like “bait”. Distressed, Mrs. Meech turned back to her bar to lock everything up. Before Johnathan could catch up to regain his valise and arrange for the room, she had locked the door tight. Now what would he do? I thoroughly loved this story line! The way the author shows us the characters’ personality and the interaction among them is excellent. There is so much more to Vic and Johnathan than the reader would have expected and we slowly become aware of those things. The pacing was perfect, the building tension keeping the focus. And the overall feeling of something not right about the Society being involved in this one is felt right from the beginning. Johnathan has had one misfortune after another since he arrived; but Vic is watching out for him. There is much more going on, so grab your copy watch the developing relationship as they try to find the real killer and figure out what’s really going on.

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  • Fascinating mm paranormal story

    This book has so many elements to it that it’s hard at first to get what is going on. Laying out all these ideas, flash backs, incidents, characters, and more and then slowly revealing what is really happening in this world is terrifically well done in this book by Kristin Jacques. I was enthralled by this book and just couldn’t put it down. If you like mm paranormal stories then you will probably enjoy this. I really hope that this becomes a series because I want to find out more about the two main characters. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • A masterly work

    Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite A Bargain of Blood and Gold is a work of paranormal romance and mystery adventure which was penned by Kristin Jacques. The work is best suited to the adult reading audience due to scenes of violence and gore. In this enjoyable fantasy tale with LGBTQ+ representation, we meet Johnathan Newman as he hunts down a vampire connected to a series of murders in Cress Haven. Johnathan is teamed up with Vic, a charming bachelor with darkly hidden secrets that are sure to come to light. As the pair clash and deadly dealings are revealed, can Johnathan battle his powerful desire for the very being he has been assigned to destroy? Author Kristin Jacques has crafted an absolutely masterful work of paranormal romance that brings much-needed queer representation to the genre and does it with style and panache. I adored both Johnathan and Vic as central protagonists: two halves of a very dangerous coin that could flip them both into salvation or damnation at any moment. The romance itself is fiery, forbidden, and compelling, with some killer dialogue and gorgeously described scene work. Beyond this, the wider plot and the peril of what’s at stake between different supernatural realms is also high-stakes action and very exciting, with the two major plot strands linking up in enjoyable and satisfying ways throughout the novel without one ever overshadowing the other. Overall, I loved every moment of A Bargain of Blood and Gold and I definitely want to see more from this talented author.

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