Forgotten Soul is the first story in the Soul Reader series by Natasha Duncan-Drake. It tells the events of a night when John McElroy visits the home of three vampires and the morning after...
I liked all of the characters in this story. Though admittedly, I would have liked to know a bit more about Lisa and Nikolai. Other than that, I think everyone has a reasonably interesting background and part to play in the plot. I quite liked the little relationship between John McElroy and Michael Cooper. Right from their first meeting, they have an interesting chemistry together. It is a "love at first sight" type of romance, though it's a little more subtle and the author doesn't overplay it. The emotional connection between John and Michael really suits the story and by the end of the story, it's really quite obvious that they have feelings for each other. Even if they barely know each other, it really does seem as if they have a great level of concern for each other. I think that's the thing that I like most about the story. Their feelings are natural and they have reasons for being together, more than just a "we like each other, let's be together" type of thing. Their decision to stay together is properly justified and I do like them as a couple.
The vampire and supernatural aspects of the plot are reasonably well used, though they aren't necessarily presented very well. I think the book would be a little better improved if we received a little more information about these vampires in the beginning and how John came to be a part of this world. Also, I think the introduction of his soul reader powers could have been better explained as well. However, I was pretty interested in the soul readings; it's a great power to have and I'd like to read more about it.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. I liked the characters and plot, plus the soul reader aspect was particularly unique. I would definitely like to read more of this series.
(review of free book)