Title: The V in Vigilant (V Series #3)
Author: JM Snyder
Length: 17,341 words
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: m/m paranormal romance
Blurb: When Vic has a rough day at work, his lover Matt puts their telepathic connection to good use, tapping directly into Vic’s needs to provide some relaxing downtime at home. However their sensual massage turns to serious talk, and Matt finally asks Vic the question he’s been wrestling with for the past few months. The next day, Vic’s latest super power almost makes him call in sick. Then a disabled bus passenger is attacked, and Vic rushes to the rescue.
Review: **Review contains spoilers for those that haven’t read the V Series #1 & 2**
V is for Vigilant is the third book in the V Series, and this story continues the romance between Vic and Matt. In the second book, V is for Vengeance, we left Vic and Matt with a vandalized Jag after a date night out where Matt got giggly drunk and Vic got in his pants all the way home. Here we meet Roger, a wheelchair veteran who rides daily on Vic’s bus route. Also, once again in this installment there are the usual bits — Vic waking up with a strange superpower given to him by Matt’s sweet lovin’ the night before and finally the culmination of Matt’s desire to ask Vic to marry him, which he’s slowly been working up to over the whole series. The new superpower combined with their new awareness of the direction of their relationship lead Vic to watch over Roger, who consistently denies that he needs watching over.
The further I read in these stories, the more I love them. Though I’ve read several of the Vic & Matt stories JM Snyder has written over the years, they’ve been out of order. Yet with the V Series, there’s a real cohesion to their relationship that I love. There’s something so great about established relationships that is satisfying in a unique way in m/m romance. Vic and Matt are a great example of that and combined with the fact that most of the conflict is from an external source allow the couple to remain in a happy medium that is refreshing to read.
I love the cast of characters, who are better than ever here. Sadie is the cutest damn dog and has so much personality, just like the dogs we all know and love in real life. Roxie is as funny and annoying as ever. I really loved Roger, though, as a new character and hope he shows back up somehow in the series. For someone that has a pretty small part to play overall, I thought that he came through with quite a lot of personality, especially for a reserved and depressed man.
I was also happy (for someone who hasn’t read the other Vic & Matt series) to see more background on the duo. For the first time in this story we get much more about their past relationship, as well as their lives before they started dating, first from Vic who can’t believe that the solitary and depressed man he used to be was completely cured by falling in love, and then Matt, who has some very funny recollections about dating one of Vic’s co-workers and refusing to sleep with him because he was worried the resulting powers he’d transfer would go to the bodybuilder’s head, a man who apparently showed a little too much desire to have power over others.
Still, these stories are mostly easy going, as the ones before. They’re a delight to read and though easy and fun still have so much charm because of the characters. I’m very much looking forward to the rest!