Friday, March 1, 2019

Blog Tour ~ Echoes by L.A. Ashton (Review)

Blog Tour ~ Echoes by L.A. Ashton

Title: Echoes
Author: L.A. Ashton
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: February 25, 2019
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 78500
Genre: Paranormal, LGBT, Vampires, werewolves, paranormal, romance, friends to lovers, immortal, reunion, Viking

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After one thousand years of listless eternity, Oskar is used to his particular brand of loneliness. But a long walk through Middle America and a few chance encounters will lead him straight to a man he’d known to be long since dead―his childhood best friend, Aranck.

Being undead hasn’t stopped Aran from living life to the fullest. He has all the money and power his charm and business savvy could earn him, and plenty of friends. Lately, though, something seems to be missing. After a millennium, perhaps the world’s shine has worn off—and that’s when Oskar stumbles back into his life, reminding him of who he used to be.

Together the two vampires remember what it felt like to live, all the while navigating a conflict with the local pack of werewolves. A lot has changed in a thousand years, and only time will tell if those changes will bring Oskar and Aranck closer together, or ensure they remain apart.

4 Stars!

Pleasantly different and very intriguing, this is a unique take on a world where Vampires and Werewolves exist alongside humans. While vampires live out in the open, the werewolves are still somewhat existing in secret. They have a tenuous relationship with one another and prejudice and insecurities lend to tensions that lead to conflict.

Things are happening that threaten to break the truce between the wolves and vampires in his district and Aran must figure out what’s going on before more violence spreads. Getting a call from one of his Vampires to inform him of a newcomer who wishes to register, he’d never expected it to be Oskar.

Turned a thousand years ago and believing each other dead, both men have been living their lives knowing something is missing. Never would they have thought they’d stumble upon one another again. But even after all this time, they can’t deny the connection they still have.

There is such a contrast between who each man has become over the centuries they’ve been apart. In some ways, they’ve stayed who they were when they were still alive but they’ve also changed quite a bit and look at the world differently at times. They are almost like two sides of the same coin, different yet the same as well. Time has definitely been better to Aran as far as his charm and ability to just be free. For Oskar, he’s more subdued and reserved. The loneliness he’s been feeling has caught up to him.

This might be romantic suspense but it’s certainly a slow burn if I’ve ever read one. We spend a lot of time on what’s going on between the Vampires and wolves. In many ways, this frustrated me and I wanted things to progress between Aran and Oskar. However, it felt like a natural progression between two friends who were separated by so much time. I liked the backdrop of Iowa and the rural area that they are living in. It made things s bit darker in a way for me and the story kept me guessing. I really loved the suspense of it all and how it was laid out.

Overall, this is definitely a book I’d recommend and I would love to see more of.

**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

Author Bio and Links: 
L. A. Ashton is an LGBT+ author writing LGBT+ fiction. They were born and raised between neat grids of corn and soybean fields. They enjoy rock music, traveling, and anything else that adds color to their daydreams. They believe in the healing properties of art and of having a cat firmly stationed on one’s lap.

Twitter: @LAAshton_

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