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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Scarlet Ambrosia: Blood Is the Nectar of Life by David B. Gittlin is an urban fantasy/mystery with a touch of romance. Devon Furst is not a boring accountant. He is smart, handsome, and knows how to look for a good time. So, when he met the ethereally beautiful Mathilde, he knew a one-night stand wouldn’t hurt him. He was very wrong. Turns out she is a vampire and he volunteers to help her against a mad man called Egon Schiller. She entices him, tempts him and he believes he needs to help her escape the clutches of Schiller. However, when things heat up and a change is made to his life, Devon must make some hard decisions. He can stay alive for eternity but he would have to say goodbye to his old life. Can he do that? Does he have what it takes to be a vampire?
After having read so many romances revolving around vampires, nothing surprises me anymore. Scarlet Ambrosia by David B. Gittlin, however, is very different. There is substance to the story, the sub-plots add layers of complexity and the protagonist isn’t a quivering mess 90% of the time. Devon is how a protagonist should be. He is reliable, actually uses his brains to stay out of trouble, and doesn’t hold back when it's time to throw some punches at the opposition. He fights for Mathilde; he isn’t scared of his feelings and enjoys life. Do his powers surprise him? Yes. He finds his powers to be exhilarating, but he is also sad for the life he left behind as any sane person would be. The pace of the story was perfect, the chemistry between Devon and Mathilde was off the charts and the actual mystery behind Schiller and the Vampire Council was handled really well. This is a brilliant vampire story that does justice to the genre.