I received this book for free from BTSe Magazine in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
on August 2nd 2011
Genres: Erotica, Paranormal, Romance
Source: BTSe Magazine
M/F paranormal erotic romance
Seeing dead people is all very well...unless one of them wants to kill you.
To Mallory Sharpe, vampires are a fact of life. They exist, walk the streets and for the most part mind their own business. As a second-year university student, she doesn't pay the undead much attention until she meets Jonathan Cutler. He has needs, and blood is only one. The other, Mallory is more than willing to help him with. After all, he has but one rule, to never spend more than one night with a woman. He won't get attached, or consciously put anyone's life in danger.
Another vampire, Cian Ambrose, isn't so troubled by conscience. Mallory's fair game, a weapon to taunt Jonathan with. In fact, it might be fun to make her his grail, or living blood donor, and Cian Ambrose doesn't take kindly to the word no. He hasn't heard it often in his one hundred and fifty years and it usually results in the other person ending up dead.
So with Mallory's tolerance for undead guys running very low, Jonathan has to re-gain her trust, stop Cian killing her, oh...and for God's sake, not fall in love.
Whew… this started off with a bang (ha pun totally intended) and the characters really jump out at you. And boy was this sexy. Literally from the beginning it’s like sex oozes from page to page!
But then the story kicks in and I started not appreciating the characters. You know when you’re watching a movie and the victim does something really stupid and you know they’re going to be in trouble but all you can do is sit and watch, and well let’s be honest, yell at that television or movie screen because we think that will help the character’s decisions. This was sort of like that. Mallory makes some really weird decisions and I just didn’t get it. I mean at first I was all into it and hey we only live once so why not go out and find some action but really? Has Mallory’s mother never given her the “He could be an axe murderer” speech? I mean when you play with vampires you’re probably going to get burned right?!!
Well, Mallory is a strong girl and she surprised me more than once but what got to me was all the angst. She’s strong yet half of her sentences have pauses or ums or more ellipses because that’s the speech of a strong girl! And even the vampires have the same issue. Instead of screaming at her to stop doing stupid stuff, I was screaming for someone to get a sentence out… anyone please!
But that was the worst part. I mean if you’re going to jump into the fire, you have to be ready to get burned and I think it comes down to Mallory didn’t realize the situation but more so with Cian. And how could she really? And then Jonathan. Ohh… I’m not going to get started on that guy but even at the end of the book I just felt dumbfounded by his actions and reactions. You’re a vampire dude, man up!!
So, all in all, this is way beyond sexy and the sex portions will have you reaching for water because wowza! But the plot was missing something. This ended on a total cliff hanger so Scarlett is probably working on book two and I’m curious if those plot holes will be filled in with a second book.
Scarlett Parrish was born at a young age on Planet Earth where she still spends most of her time. Possessed of an unholy lust for James Purefoy, she sometimes ventures out to stock up on chocolate, hurrying home again before the sun burns her to a cinder. Once James realises she’s the only woman who can make him happy, she plans to rise up, take over the world and have a nice cup of tea.
Clearly, she forgot to take her medication before writing this author bio, but she does have splendid taste in music, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound and no idea why she’s talking about herself in the third person.
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