Yes! A new, old story by Megan Derr! Embrace is a revised and re-edited. I like stories about vampires and especially the take this author has on them. If I read the story just for me I would have rated this a lot higher, but as this is a review I have to be objective, so here goes.
Embrace is told from Aubrey’s point of view who’s just returning home after studying in the city. He’s not exactly keen to go home, because after the death of his mother and her pet his father became cold and distant. The story is also told from the pov of Stregoni, the family physician who is in a toxic fuck and run relationship with Aubrey’s cousin Gilles and his pet Francois.
There is a lot going on the story and in typic Megan Derr fashion, we’re thrown in the middle of it. I liked that, we get to know the world bit by bit as we do the characters. Even though the vampires are called Pets, they are far from it. In fact they hold more mystery than an Agata Christie novel. Ruthven holds a lot of mystery and is far from a pet or a slave. In fact this doesn’t read as a slave story at all!
While I liked Ruthven and Aubrey seperate, I didn’t much like them together. From the first moment Ruthen mentally manipulates Aubrey on so many instances that there is nothing real about their relationship. The story moves fast and therefore their relationships moves fast. That made it that any romance between them doesn’t feel real, but shallow. I wasn’t sure if that was intended by the author or not.
I did like the mystery aspect of the story that involved Ruthven and Aubrey and how the went about solving it.
Then there were Gilles, Stregoni and Francois. A lot goes on there and for most of the story, Stregoni is used as a pawn. While the story makes it clear that they are meant to be together and that there is much more to it than we know, the relationship has a air of abuse to it that is, for Stregoni, pretty intense. Up to the point that he has pretty and dramatic thoughts. Thoughts that I didn’t think were properly incorporated in the whole of the story. Except for that scene, it wasn’t acknowledged at all and pretty soon they are together and it’s all okay. While that is part of the author’s charm, this was an instance that I didn’t find quite fitting.
Apart from that I liked the world building and the background of the vampires and how they came to be pets. I would have liked it if there was more to it, but it is possible that there will be more stories set in this world.
There were some questions about the history of Pets that left me wondering if I missed something or if it was overlooked in the editing, but all in all I liked this little gem. As I stated above, I did really like this story, but objectively there were some things that didn’t add up properly. Should you read it? Fans of the author definitely should. If you’re new to reading books by this author, then there are a few other awesome books to start with and then make your way back to this one.