Thomas’s Choice by Tina Folsom
Series: Scanguards Vampires #8
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Scanguards vampire and master of mind control Thomas has mentored newbie vampire Eddie for over a year-and been in love with him for just as long. But he believes that his love will never be reciprocated.
While patrolling San Francisco for evil vampires, Eddie kisses Thomas as a diversionary tactic and is shaken to the core by his reaction. He’s terrified of his sexual attraction to his mentor and afraid that moving forward and giving into his desires will destroy the relationship they have.
When hurt and disappointment about Eddie’s inability to commit leads Thomas onto a dark path that spells destruction for all those he loves, only Eddie can pull him back from the brink of eternal darkness. But does Eddie have the courage to face his true feelings in time to save the man who’s meant for him?
Book eight in the Scanguards Vampires series features everyone’s favorite IT genius & Master of Mind Control – Thomas, whose story has been progressing since the first book in the series, Samson’s Lovely Mortal…
One of the (Many) strengths of this series, is that we have a core collection of main characters, and their development progresses throughout all of the books, so we never lose touch with any of our favorite players.
I am a major fan of the Scanguards Vampires series, and of the Author Tina Folsom… It would be a stretch to say that Thomas has been my favorite character throughout the series, but I HAVE been anxiously awaiting his book.
We know that is heart was broken by Milo in the first book of the series, in fact, he was nearly killed by his corrupted lover, but chose to have mercy and banish Milo rather than kill him… That was the moment I realized I wanted Thomas to have his own book, his own chance at love and contentment… But I had to wait until book eight?!?! Oh Tina Folsom, you sure know how to tease a reader, because Thomas’s story was evolving bit by bit in each previous book.
– We learned of his maniacal Sire
– We found out he has badass Mindcontrol powers
– We discovered he is constantly on the cutting edge of Vampire technology
– He agreed to mentor Eddie
– And we were there in Oliver’s Hunger when Eddie discovered that Thomas had feelings for him…
It is Thomas’s relationship with Eddie that is the focus of Thomas’s Choice, and the reader gets to enjoy a more detailed look into Thomas’s past. The events surrounding his turning were a treat to read.
This book certainly seemed to have more suspense than its predecessors, and less of the witty banter I’ve come to expect from the series. Folsom was also comparatively tame in her sex scenes – I can’t help but wonder if she was nervous about alienating her regular readers who have become fans of her previous 7 MF Romances…
If I’m being honest, I was worried that Thomas would never receive his own book due to reluctance to produce a MM Romance in the midst of a series which never featured a homosexual couple as the main focus in any of the books…
However, the increasing popularity of MM Romances among male and female readers alike is a good omen for the genre!
That said, Thomas & Eddie’s story was just lovely, and a great addition to the series… I’ll certainly be reading book 9 when it comes out!
Also, I have a prediction for book 9: Cain hooks up with the British Bartender, and she becomes his mate…