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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Society in general may have progressed past the class system of long ago, but in the vampire world, it is alive and well and strongly upheld. As the first-born of a noble father, Julian was expected to take his place as a noble, maybe a seat on the elders council, and submit to an arranged marriage to a pre-selected blood mate, even if she wasn't his true blood mate. That's not Julian, so he took off; he's been tracking rogues and whatnot ever since, but this last mission is to track a wacko that thinks he can "cure" his daughter of being a blood mate. Only problem, she is Julian's true blood mate. Julian's Farewell is the story of Julian's search for them, his rescue of Serena and their life on the run for ten months. All the while, a war is raging against the vampire community and they are being killed off in the greatest numbers ever, and no one seems to know what to do about it. Author Jaden Sinclair gives us a vampire war novel, with a love story on top of it. At the heart of the book is the killing of the vampires, what is going on and how to stop it, but up front you have this sweet, innocent, magical love story.
Julian's Farewell seems like an odd title for a love story, and it is, but I never thought about it until after I finished the book and then I realized it. He's been a rogue, rebel and doing his own thing for so long, but now he has found that one woman who can ground him. The book is the first in a series, and it does leave you waiting for the next installment because you are like, wait ... what? ... give me more. Jaden Sinclair manages to make it a little different from the other vampire novels out there so that you are interested enough to read on. You fall in love with Serena's innocence, you love the way Julian acts with her. There are just so many things that are good about this book. Definitely an adult book, yes, there are married couple scenes and, although not overly graphic, you know what is going on, so I wouldn't give it to my teens. Great read, waiting on the next!