Review: Tal Bauer – A Time to Rise

29853904Author:Tal Bauer
Reviewer: Wendy
Publisher: Nine Star Press
Genre:M/M Paranormal
ISBN: 9781911153481

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Summary:
History says the Knights Templar were destroyed in 1307.
History is wrong.

Vampires haunt the sewers beneath Rome, revenants desecrate graveyards, ghouls devour helpless passersby, and incubi stalk dark alleys and seedy nightclubs in Italy’s capital. Deep in the Vatican, a brotherhood exists, sworn protectors of the earth, and they stand firm against monsters from the dark depths. Operating in secret and silence, they protect our world from the sinister, the etheric, and from the evils that exist beyond the Veil.

But it’s a lonely life, and Alain Autenberg knows that more than most. His lover was ripped from him years ago and he vowed never to get close to another soul again. Even when the loneliness presses down on him, and his empty heart cries out for something more.

Something more comes in Cristoph Hasse, a new soldier arriving in Rome to serve in the Pontifical Swiss Guard. Young, brash, and fitting in at right angles everywhere he goes, Cris struggles in the murky, deceptive labyrinth of the Vatican. Propelled forward by a past he can’t understand, Cris collides with Alain, and both men crash headfirst into the darkest secret of the Vatican… and of the world.
Review:
As a lover of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series (Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, etc.), I was over the top to discover that this book combined not only some of my favorite elements of that type of series (mystery, paranormal, church secrets) but also incorporated my now favorite genre, m/m romance, into pure reading heaven!

The measure of a great book is just how carried away you can get when reading it, and I found that I became completely absorbed with this one in my own little bubble where time stood still. I didn’t feel as though I was on the outside looking in – no, I felt like I was right there and part of the story as though everything were happening in 3D around me. The characters and setting were very realistic in my mind’s eye.

This book has action-packed adventure, mystery and intrigue, good vs. evil, raw emotion, surprises you won’t see coming, and some incredible male passion – the perfect reading recipe for me!! Tal Bauer is a new-to-me author, but now that I’ve found a new treasure, I expect I’ll be tapping into more from the backlist as well as hoping for a sequel!!!

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