Longest Days by C.L. Quinn is a Paranormal Romance with a female vampire and a human man!
Review: Longest Days (The Firsts book 3)
by C.L. Quinn
narrated by Natalie Duke
Longest Days by C.L. Quinn is the third part in a series and when I came across it, I shortly considered starting the series at the beginning. But I was simply too intrigued by reading a Paranormal Romance about a female vampire and a human man!
As was to be expected, the third part contains major spoilers for the previous two books. Be aware of that if you want to read it (which you should).
That being said, it does work as a stand-alone. Everything is nicely explained, and doesn’t feel like in-your-face exposition. I was a bit confused when a scene swapped over to the point of view of two other vampires. Then I remembered that this is, in fact, a series and they are apparently part of an overarching storyline. It’s pretty easy to catch up to what’s going on though!
Now, why was I so intrigued by a female vampire and a human man? Mostly, because this pairing is very rare indeed. Paranormal Romance almost always features human women or two partners of the same… uh… type? Race? Breed? Thingy? Anyway, it usually comes out to the man being physically far superior and, in good PNR, the woman being able to hold her own with words, or maybe weapons.
I love reading about the protective alpha, don’t get me wrong. I’m not a particularly big or strong woman myself and having a strong protective male specimen sure is nice. But, as with so many things, there’s another side to the super-strong alpha. You know that quote, “Men are afraid women will laugh at them, while women are afraid men will kill them”. So the hunky Romance hero always requires descriptions that assure us as readers that he would never ever hurt a woman.
It sure was a refreshingly different read with a female protagonist who is not even remotely threatened by the strong (and deadly) man. Eillia is physically and mentally far superior to Daniel. He never comments on that one way or the other. He simply accepts it. But, to give it yet another twist, he is also very done with his life and wouldn’t mind dying.
The specific vampire lore of The Firsts series** is creative and works very well. This simply was an all-around extremely entertaining story! It is a little angsty, given that both characters have to deal with a lot of personal issues and loss. And I liked the tone and atmosphere. It felt raw and real.
Natalie Duke did a great narration. I tend to be rather critical when a dual PoV book has only one narrator. Though, to be fair, this is only mostly dual, since we also have the chapters from the points of view of the antagonists. Either way, her male voices are so great that it doesn’t detract at all from Daniel’s chapters. Her different female voices and accents make this a very enjoyable listen and her pace and intonations fit perfectly.
I definitely recommend this book!
By the way, C.L. Quinn is actually a fictional character created by the author T.C. Butts who publishes these vampire books, that Charlie Quinn writes in Last Best Hope**, under this pseudonym. The Firsts currently has 20 parts.