A Time to Rise is a Paranormal Male Romance. The story takes place in Rome and Vatican City. I learned a great deal about the Swiss Guard and their role in keeping the Pope safe. The story has vampires, demons, revenants and basically all the things that go bump in the night. A Time to Rise contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.
A Time to Rise releases May 2, 2016
My Four Star Review:
For the past 12 years Sergeant Alain Autenberg has been in charge of Special Projects for the Guard which basically means it’s his job to protect the Vatican and Rome from all the things that go bump in the night. His partner is Father Lotario who is quite a piece of work and hard to believe he’s a father at all. I immediately loved him. They work together to eliminate any threat but things are starting to change in the dark world and they can’t seem to figure out why. As a side note: Alain lost the love of his life 12 years ago and he’s been lonely but he’s sticking to the promise he made to himself to never love again.
In walks new guard recruit, Cristoph Hasse who Alain is immediately drawn to and who becomes his new mentee. He’s never been a Mentor before and he’s not happy about it. But he can’t say no to his boss, Commandant Best.
There are sections in the book, during the hunts, where Alain and Father Lotario destroy the “bad” guys. Be prepared for it to be graphic and bloody. But within all of the blood and gore, you can see a very strong friendship between these two men.
During the mentoring process, Alain and Cris form the start of a friendship. Cris ends up finding out more then he should about Alain and what he does while he tries to find his place in the world. Their friendship grows into something more and they start to care about each other. At this point things start to get very crazy. Vampires and Demons working together, someone in the Vatican wanting to “rule the world” and Alain trying to stop it all. Let’s just say you need to hang on for this ride because it’s a rollercoaster! There is a dramatic conclusion to this but however, the end of this story was left wide open. Not a cliffhanger but there is definitely more story to be told and I look forward to book 2.
This is the second book I’ve read by Tal Bauer. The first was Enemies of the State and you can find my five star review here.
Tal’s stories are a bit different. While both these books are male romance, the romance is not really the focus of the book. They are packed with action, adventure, some horror, some blood and gore, men saving the world and basically “stuff” that makes a novel exciting to read. Don’t get me wrong, the romance is still there and it’s written beautify. Tal’s writing flows smoothly, is very easy to read and also very entertaining. I enjoyed both of these books and look forward to reading more by Tal.
More about A Time to Rise:
History says the Knights Templar were destroyed in 1307.
History is wrong.
Vampires haunt the sewers beneath Rome, revenants desecrate graveyards, ghouls devour helpless passersby, and incubi stalk dark alleys and seedy nightclubs in Italy’s capital. Deep in the Vatican, a brotherhood exists, sworn protectors of the earth, and they stand firm against monsters from the dark depths. Operating in secret and silence, they protect our world from the sinister, the etheric, and the evils that exist beyond the Veil.
But it’s a lonely life, and Alain Autenberg knows that more than most. His lover was ripped from him years ago, and he vowed never to get close to another soul again. Even when the loneliness presses down on him, and his empty heart cries out for something more.
Something more comes in Cristoph Hasse, a new soldier arriving in Rome to serve in the Pontifical Swiss Guard. Young, brash, and fitting in at right angles everywhere he goes, Cris struggles in the murky, deceptive labyrinth of the Vatican. Propelled forward by a past he can’t understand, Cris collides with Alain, and both men crash headfirst into the darkest secret of the Vatican…and of the world.