Welcome to my stop for the Vigil blog tour, organized by Grapevine Book Tours.
Vigil by V.J. Chambers
When I saw the tour announcement for Vigil, I was momentarily skeptical of the genre “New Adult Romantic Suspense,” not for the New Adult or for the Suspense, both of which I enjoy, but for the Romantic. I don’t mind books that have some elements of them, but I hadn’t fully embraced Romantic books. I usually end up wanting more from them. That being said, I HAD to jump on Vigil because have you read the synopsis!? If not, here it is:
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.
Vigil has a fantastic premise. The suspense was genuine. The setting of Aurora set just the right tone. The romance wasn’t heavy handed, meaning it was well placed. **Note: Some scenes are rather graphic, so if the New Adult category didn’t suggest something to you already, this one is definitely for more mature readers, not just for the romance, but also for the violence that the Phantom inflicts.** The Phantom is super creepy and he has to be stopped. Who will try to stop him?
A masked man? Sure, but a college intern for the city’s newspaper?
Cecily Kane is a great character. I loved that she was an intern. It helped me connect with her. I’ve done the whole summer intern thing, a couple of times. Granted, I didn’t intern for a newspaper and I didn’t move to a city nearly as dark as Aurora. I love how she stayed true to herself and didn’t let her blossoming romances change her. She still wanted her story, and was willing to go to great lengths to make sure she got it. This sometimes put her in dangerous situations, but it’s also what allowed her to meet the masked man that would soon be named Vigil in her news story. I admired her bravery and determination. Chambers did a great job creating her character.
I also enjoyed Vigil and Callum, the two sides of the same man. It was refreshing to be delivered his back story in pieces rather than get it all at once. I liked discovering it along with Cecily. One of my favorite scenes in the book is how she discovers that the two individuals are actually the same person.
When I was told that I’d have the chance to interview some of the characters from Vigil for today’s tour stop, I knew I had to invite Cecily and Callum over to have a chat. They should be here any minute…and here they are!
Cecily, Callum, thank you both for coming to Reading the Alphabet. I know you both have busy schedules. Please sit and make yourselves comfortable.
Let’s jump right in, shall we? If you could sum up for my readers what each of you do, that would be lovely. I know you two share a steamy private life, but if you could keep it PG-13 for the sake of my younger readers that would be much appreciated.
Callum: I run Rutherford Enterprises, which is a multi-national corporation, originally headed up by my father.
Cecily: I just finished my junior year of college, and I have an internship at The Aurora Sun-Times.
RtA: Cecily, your life has certainly changed this summer. How are you handling being a part of the news, rather than writing it?
Cecily: It’s been nerve-wracking. Even driven me to drink on occasion. But in light of the fact that it’s brought me closer to Callum, all worth it.
RtA: You are certainly dedicated to getting a story, dark alleys in bad areas, scantily clad outfits at night in said bad areas, sneaking into dark tunnels…what aren’t you willing to do for a story?
Cecily: Well, I’m pretty comfortable with risking myself—my own safety and reputation. So, there’s no real line there. But I’d never put someone else in danger just so that I could get my story—unless, of course, that guy was a serial killer who cut off women’s legs.
RtA: Callum, you too had an eventful summer. How have things changed for you since Cecily came into the picture?
Callum: Basically, Cecily is the best thing that ever happened to me. She makes me better, and she makes me happier than anything else has ever made me.
RtA: Neither of you seemed all that willing to go as far as to call Vigil a hero. Cecily, you told your boss that Vigil might be a damaged hero. Do you hold to that description, and Callum, how do you respond to that?
Cecily: I guess, now that I know more about why Vigil is damaged, I’m hoping that he can work through the issues from his past and be, um, maybe still damaged, but… healed?
Callum: That’s a good way to put it, I think. One of the biggest steps towards getting over the scars of my past has been to share them with Cecily. I’d say that we’re on our way to healing.
RtA: Now, my readership doesn’t reach into Aurora, so you can be honest here. Are either of you worried that Vigil’s identity will be unmasked for all of the city’s residents to see?
Cecily: It’s always a possibility and always a worry.
Callum: More for me than you, I think, because I really would feel that Vigil would have to retire if his identity was discovered. So, I hope that doesn’t happen.
RtA: What’s next for each of you? For Vigil?
Cecily: I’m starting my senior year of college. I’ve transferred to Aurora to be close to Callum.
Callum: And I’m planning on spending as much time with her as possible. As for Vigil, well, he’s still fighting crime.
RtA: Thank you both so much for your time, I’ve enjoyed meeting you. Best of luck in your future endeavors. I hope you continue to be very happy together.
I am so glad I took a leap with Vigil. It definitely opened my eyes to books with a Romantic component. Thank you V.J. Chambers for creating such a multifaceted book!
*I received an ecopy of Vigil from Grapevine Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author
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.