Author: V.J. Chambers
Publication: July 17th, 2013 by Punk Rawk Books
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Synopsis: When newspaper intern Cecily Kane kisses a masked vigilante, she doesn’t realize she’s plunging headlong into a relationship with two separate identities.
As Vigil, he is dark, sensuous, and irresistible. His touch skyrockets her to heights of pleasure. As Callum Rutherford, he is a billionaire playboy—arrogant, cold, and untouchable. She looks good on his arm, but without his mask, he holds her at arm’s length.
Sex with a masked man. Dinner with a rich sophisticate. A fractured relationship with a complicated man.
Deep down, he is broken, twisted in some dark, hidden way. Some way he won’t reveal to her. She only knows that it is somehow connected to his obsession with The Phantom, the costumed villain whose murder spree has rocked the city.
She must unravel Vigil’s secrets. To make him whole. And to stop The Phantom.
He wore all black--skin tight spandex that hugged every curve and bulge of his body. He was hulking, huge. His shoulders were broad, his gloved hands powerful and enormous He was wearing a mask that covered his nose and face, leaving only his lips and chin bare.
Cecily Kane is an intern at The Aurora Sun-Times. One night while out chasing a story regarding The Phantom and the many brutal murders that have been occurring, she meets a spandex wearing, masked vigilante. Their attraction to each other is instant and even more so after the masked man kisses her. What she doesn't realize is that Vigil is the alter ego for Callum Rutherford. A man she despises for his his large ego, sense of self importance and his blonde bimbo arm candy. What will Cecily do when she finds out and how will she reconcile her feelings towards Vigil?
The whole time I was reading this all I could think about was Batman. Hot, sexy, Batman. I can't say that I've ever been a Batman fan but it's quite possible that Vigil has made me one.
Oh mother of god, the crazy masked man was hard for me, and I liked it.
There is plenty of sex in this book. Lots of very hot, descriptive sex, so if that's not your thing then definitely stay away from Vigil. Cecily and Vigil had a hard time keeping their hands off each other and within minutes of meeting up they would be all over each other. Cecily was just crazy about the mask and the spandex. She just couldn't get enough!! As Callum, Cecily really didn't like him at all. But once she caught on that they were one in the same man, and she couldn't deny how much she wanted Vigil, she really tried to get to know Callum on a much deeper level.
For me the romance took a bit of time for me to come on board. Cecily and Vigil seemed to be all about the sex and Callum was very hard to get a handle on because he was so distant and cold. There are plenty of secrets between the characters and as they were slowly unravelled I felt a much deeper connection to them and was able to understand them all that much better. In the end it was Callum that I ended up loving the most and it was him who I felt the most disconnected to in the beginning. He came across as so lonely that I couldn't help but be touched by him.
Having read quite a few books by V.J. Chambers, I can say that Vigil is just as well written as her others. It was quite big on the development of the relationships, which I love in a book, and learning how all the secrets being kept impacted on each of the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent reading Vigil.
3.75/5 Callum Stars.
V.J. Chambers likes bad boys, but she likes them to be actual bad boys, not misunderstood weaklings who cover up their emotional scars with a thin veneer of pretend bad-boy-ness.
She likes to tackle difficult philosophical questions. She likes to push fiction to the edge, to go just a little farther.
She writes stories about difficult people living difficult lives in difficult situations. Usually, there’s magic. Or monsters. Or space. Or gun fights. A lot of times, there’s also L-O-V-E. (Or at least uncomfortable conversations about sex.)
She’s the author of the Jason and Azazel series and many other stories for teens and adults. She lives in Shepherdstown, WV with her boyfriend Aaron and their cat.