First Reflection - Stevie Woods
Review written for Hearts on Fire Reviews
- 3 stars
This is the prequel to On Reflection. Andreas is turned by a ruthless vamp, Ignazio, who brutally kills Andreas’ two friends in front of him. Ignazio then disappears, leaving Andreas to fend for himself, believing the way Ignazio was to be the only way to live. As he tries to get by with feeding, etc., his need for revenge against Ignazio grows. The story kind of drags on a bit at this point, and I was having a difficult time finding any interesting qualities in Andreas’ character.
Then, he happens upon Valente, a vamp whom Andreas watches feed, while giving and receiving pleasure before sending his victim happily and healthily on his way. Surprised to see this is a possibility, Andreas follows Valente and seeks his help. Here is where things picked up a bit for me. Unfortunately, Valente and Andreas didn’t have much in the way of any sparks, but at least things were getting more interesting.
Valente and Andreas eventually become lovers, but Andreas is unable to give up his hate and vengeful need to destroy Ignazio. Valente knows Ignazio is too powerful, but decides to help Andreas anyway. They finally catch up with Ignazio, though things don’t go quite as they had planned. Again, there isn’t much to feel between Valente and Andreas. Valente professes his love for Andreas, which is, sadly for Valente, unrequited.
So, the story ends with not so much as an HFN, no sign of any love interest for Andreas, and Ignazio is still on the loose. Knowing this was the prequel of the series, I was hopeful we would learn and see more in the next segment. Sadly, On Reflection doesn’t appear