Title ~ Discovery (Drakyl Ranch #1)
Author ~ Thianna Durston
Published ~ 1st September
Genre ~ Parnormal M/M Romance
Drakyl Ranch is a multi-book series which is meant to be read in order.
Discovery is Book 1.
Living in Montana and working the ranch is all Aaron wants to do for the rest of his life. Diagnosed as allergic to the sun thirteen years previous, every day is a struggle to get out of bed. Having to wear long-sleeved shirts, gloves, and even material to cover his face from the effects of the sun, just makes it all worse. Now, in his thirty-second year, he is sure this will be his last summer. While he hates it, he knows he needs to come to terms with the truth and put things in order for his younger cousins. Before he does so, he heads out for one night of pleasure before facing what’s coming.
Jaret loves excitement and new adventures. For over five hundred years, he has sought them out. In Montana on a whim, he comes across someone he doesn’t expect, someone who makes him feel things he does not understand and does not want to give up. In no time at all, he feels like he cannot live without Aaron. The only problem is Aaron doesn’t know who he is, what he is, nor that he isn’t going to die. Not on Jaret’s watch. With a plan to help the other man discover who he is in place, he only has one thing to worry about: whether an ancient enemy will come and destroy everything he now holds dear.
Warning: This book is a paranormal m/m romance with some horror elements. It also crosses cowboy and vampire genres. If you don’t think cowboys look hot with fangs, you’re missing out.
Jaret is a drakyl - a genetic type of vampire that has to drink blood and is allergic to the sun. Swimming his way to America, and getting himself in a bit of trouble at the same time, he eventually meets Aaron and immediately senses that the other man is drakyl too. Unfortunately Aaron doesn't know it, and thinks he is dying.
Whether intentional or not Jaret finds a way to help Aaron go through the change that he should have done some years before. But Aaron lives a human life, with a family, on a ranch and Jaret is a wanderer who does his best to stay away from vampyr. When one threatens the farm and the humans that live there Jaret knows he can't leave - especially when the vampyr threatening their existence is the ones he was running from well before he met Aaron.
This wasn't an easy story for me to read - more horror elements than I am used to, although that is warned about in the blurb. There are no sparkly vampires here - the vampyr are smelly, strong and pure evil. I didn't like the killing of wolves, but then that is because I love shifters of all kinds and in this book the wolves were pure animals and nothing more.
The cousins were interesting - Aaron's charges and the author did a good job of explaining a world totally unique to anything I had read before. Modern conveniences but with unusual paranormal undertones that made things that much more interesting. I would have liked to have known why there was so much hatred between the vampyr and the drakyl, but maybe that is a story for another time. In the meantime, this book is a perfect set up for a series.
Favorite line: So I don't look as hideous as I feel I look?