Review: Close Quarter by Anna Zabo

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Title: Close Quarter
Author: Anna Zabo
Series: Close Quarter, #1
Genre: Paranormal MM Romance
Publication date: August 15th 2017
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 On a transatlantic cruise to New York, sculptor Rhys Matherton struggles to piece his life back together after losing his mother, inheriting a fortune, and finding out his father isn't his father after all. He spills a tray of drinks on a handsome stranger, then he finds himself up against a wall getting the best hand-job he’s ever had. And for the first time in his life, he feels whole.

Rhys enjoys the company of Silas Quint, but for the eerie way no one pays attention to them even while they kiss in a crowded bar. Silas explains he's a forest fae able to glamor the room around them—and more importantly, that he's on the cruise to hunt vampires. Rhys thinks Silas is full of it, until he discovers vampires are real, and he’s part of their main course.

Silas Quint can’t be distracted by a human lover, even one as lovely as Rhys. Stuck in the middle of the ocean, he has barely enough of energy to hunt the vampires he’s been sent to destroy. Rhys is full of the one thing Silas needs needs most—the element of living plants. Only sucking energy from Rhys would make Silas as soulless as the creatures he hunts. How can he keep Rhys safe, without becoming like the very monsters he hunts?

 This one was a lot of fun!  I've only read one other book from Anna Zabo before, but this one was much different being a paranormal romance.  Zabo did a great job creating this fun world with fae and vampires and angels, and I can't wait to read more in this series!  

There are so many things I really enjoyed about Close Quarter.  First of all, These two had explosive chemistry.  Any time they were around each other, they couldn't keep their thoughts or hands off of each other.  There are quite a few steamy scenes and I loved every one of them. lol!  That being said, I thought some of the steamy scenes were a little unbelievable:  the ones that occurred directly after they had just encountered some form of danger or another.  I don't feel like that would be the first thing on my mind in that moment.  Maybe I'm wrong and the adrenaline would kick in and make me want to turn things hot and heavy, but I don't know, I feel like I would be worrying if I was safe first. The author did do a really great job of having a good balance between steamy scenes and action tho.

Another thing I really loved was Anna Zabo's world building.  It never felt like a huge info dump, but I still felt like I learned a lot about fae, vampire/soulless, and even the Messengers/angels.  It was all so interesting to me and I found myself wanting to know more and more.  I loved the way Silas was able to draw energy from the living plants around him.  I really loved the "surprise" was handled with Rhy's character as well.  This entire book takes place on a cruise ship, so I was worried about that becoming boring but it never did.  That being said, I am really curious as to how everything is going to work out with the other fae once they get off of the ship.

There was a lot of action packed into the pages too.  Not only is Silas a forest fae but he's also aboard the ship to hunt vampires, and there's also a little more to Rhys than they both originally expected.  I had trouble putting this one down, and actually ended up reading it in one sitting because I needed to know what happened.  There are still a few things left unanswered at the end of this book but I believe they will be covered in the following books in the series.  I would have given this one a 5 star rating if a more of my questions would have felt answered towards the end.  I can't really write what my questions were because I don't want to give too much away.  I need book #2 in my life asap!!

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  1. Great review. I've read this author before, and I'd love more. I'm so curious to see how she does a paranormal romance!


  2. I have yet to pick up a paranormal MM romance. Usually I stick to the contemporary ones but perhaps trying something new would be fun. Thanks for sharing!


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