He’s one human caught in a tangled maze of theft, politics, magic, and blood.In other words, it’s just another night.
Benjamin Vecchio escaped a chaotic childhood and grew to adulthood under the protection and training of one of the Elemental world’s most feared vampire assassins. He’s traveled the world and battled immortal enemies.
But everyone has to go home sometime.
New York means new opportunities and allies for Ben and his vampire partner, Tenzin. It also means new politics and new threats. Their antiquities business is taking off, and their client list is growing. When Ben is challenged to find a painting lost since the second world war, he jumps at the chance. This job will keep him closer to home, but it might just land him in hot water with the insular clan of earth vampires who run Manhattan.
Tenzin knew the painting would be trouble before she laid eyes on it, but she can’t deny the challenge intrigues her. Human laws mean little to a vampire with a few millennia behind her, and Tenzin misses the rush of taking what isn’t hers.
But nothing is more dangerous than a human with half the story, and Ben and Tenzin might end up risking their reputations and their lives before they escape the Midnight Labyrinth
“So this is what you were obsessed with?” Tenzin asked. “Not the girl?”
“The girl was interesting, but…” He scowled. “Why did you tell Gavin I was brooding?”
AH! I LOVE THIS SERIES! What an absolute amazing start to this series. This came out in November of 2017, and this is the third time I have read it. The second time being immediately after I had finished reading it the first time. Like, literally immediately. I read the last page, went “yup, I’m not done with Benzin yet,” and started over from the beginning. I may have a problem with this series, I have read it so many times. Don’t care, love it.
I worried a bit that this story, this series, wouldn’t be able to handle a full size novel. Those fears were completely unfounded. I loved every step to this story. It didn’t feel too short, like the novellas did. I loved the novellas, but shorter stories always leave me craving more. I was afraid that there wouldn’t be enough to fill an entire book of Benjamin finding some random thing while Tenzin tags along trying to mess everything up for him. There probably wouldn’t be enough story if Midnight Labyrinth was just that. It wasn’t though, there was so much more to this story.
Poor Benjamin. For the first full novel to his own series, this really did not go his way. He is such a sucker. To be fair, not a lot goes Benjamin’s way throughout the novellas, either. I’m just sad he had to take such a hit during the start to his own story. Ben is still fighting to find a human way through a vampire world. He is fighting to find himself, too. He is older and wiser, but that doesn’t come with instructions on who to be.
I like how elements from Ben’s past, elements we don’t really know about, show up again in a new friend. I really love the addition of Chloe. She used to be Ben’s girlfriend when they were in high school, but they have both moved on. This is the best because there isn’t any jealousy or even a kindling of old flames at all. Only Benjamin’s desires to keep her safe and happy, as someone he cares about. She adds a lot to this story, including some incredibly comical moments.
Chloe ends up sticking around, too. I love it and I hate it. I love Chloe, yet I want it to be Ben and Tenzin together forever. And just those two. If Benzin doesn’t get together soon, I’m going to explode. The sexual tension between them is insane. However, it isn’t just about sex. These two have the best friendship in the entire world. Friendships beat sexual relationships any day of the year, because friendships last. Chloe is nice to have around to break up the fights between these two, though.
I’m with Tenzin. I don’t care one lick about art, and the whole economy surrounding art is fishy. Yet Elizabeth Hunter presents the story to me in such a way that I care about the Midnight Labyrinth. I want Benjamin to find it. I need him to find it. I want to see the paintings themselves so, so much, just to see what he is talking about. The story is fun.
Fuck it, I just love everything about this story. Give me more.
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