Claming Marcus | Jocelynn Drake

Claiming Marcus (Lords of Discord #1) by Jocelynn Drake published 31 October 2019
Vampires slaughtered my family.
No one believed me until I met some new friends, who promised to help me get justice.
But nothing prepared me for Marcus Varik.
Tall, dark, and mind-numbingly sexy.
But he’s also shy, protective, and adorably eccentric.
Oh God, I should have never agreed to betray him.
Hopefully, it’s not too late to fix my mistake before I lose more people I love.

How was it? The first book in the Lords of Discord series by Jocelynn Drake is a nice introduction of her version of a vampire society. The series revolves around the lives of four vampire brothers: Marcus, Rafe, Bell and Winter, who we subtlety get to know throughout this first book that’s centered around the eldest, Marcus Varik. Marcus is the epitome of the confirmed bachelor, whose riddled with doubts and shame from his upbringing, and whose walls are slowly taken down by his assistant.

The first part of the story is a slow burn, which makes sense, since it’s the first book of a series that needs to set up the world and introduce key characters. It also suits Marcus’ personality and history, thus creating a solid base for an interesting series of book. The author cleverly cut through the necessary but eye-rolling “I’m a vampire revelations” – and whatever angst and acceptation period that kind of reveals would ensue – by having the romantic counterpart, Ethan, aware of their existence.

The vampires here are quite interesting because there are paranormal element to them and yet they are depicted as some augmented humans with special diets. The way they are made is also familiar but with a grounded “That would probably work,” feel to it.

The second half of the book picks up with some action that entertains but mostly expends the world and foreshadows potential interesting storylines in the upcoming books.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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