Length: 50,236 words
Being a new member of the undead sect has its ups and downs, something that newly embraced Akio Lee is finding out first hand. Being able to spend eternity with his beloved Vincente, the man who introduced him to life in the nightside, is a definite up. Having to feed on strangers? That’s one of the downsides, and something that Akio is finding difficult to swallow. But what other option is there for a recently wed vampire couple who need blood to survive?
Finding a new donor perhaps? One who comes into the lifestyle willingly, as Akio had done, and is open to the unique and sensual relationship that develops when three men have a blood bond. A man who can exist in both the nightside and the dayside worlds. A man like Ian O’Keeffe, the handsome caretaker of the manse Akio and Vincente now call home? Ian seems to tick every box Akio and Vincente have—he’s comfortable around vampires, he’s obviously into men, he’s drop-dead gorgeous, he’s more than a little mischievous, and he’s human. Mostly.
But will the outgoing handyman be willing to offer two vampires his vein, his body, and his heart?
While I know I haven’t read all of V.L.’s books I have not found any that I absolutely disliked and this one was no different. I was a little unsure when I first started it but the further along I got, the more I began liking it.
I liked Akio (though he was a little whiny); his actions were always in a good place. I liked how he interacted with fellow supernatural beings and had none of the prejudices that the others had towards one another.
Vincente wasn’t my favorite of the three but I liked how he interacted with Akio and Ian. He wasn’t as stuffy when he was with them. He had an interesting history that I would have liked to see a bit more of, though.
Ian, I think was my favorite of the three. He was funny and sassy but he knew when he needed to be serious. He wasn’t afraid of his feelings, and I loved his cat!
V.L. always makes me smile with her characters and the situations they get into and I can’t wait to devour more.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement***
I liked this story about the newly embraced Akio and his husband Vincente. They are trying to settle into their lives together since Akio became a vampire. Their new home comes with a gorgeous caretaker, Ian, who isn’t scared of them, and is more than he seems. This is not the typical ménage story – while it was clear they were attracted to each other, I liked that they got to know each other and spent time together before even broaching the idea of Ian donating blood to Akio; that they found a blood bond waiting to form between them was a bonus.
I haven’t read the Lake Erie Shifters books. While I didn’t feel like I needed to read them for this one, I do think I might have enjoyed this one more had I read the others first. There’s a lot of things about Vincente’s job and Akio’s transition that I would love to know about, and I’m pretty sure that those show up earlier in the series. I will be going back and reading those stories soon. I did like the humor and watching Akio struggle with his new abilities. I thought Ian was a fantastic addition to Akio and Vincente and that they all balanced each other out. I liked that once they realized that a stronger bond was likely to form, they took the time to make sure that everyone was on board with what it would mean for all of them. I liked Akio and Ian; their banter and personalities were a blast. I had a harder time understanding and getting a good feel for Vincente, but it was clear he was devoted to his men. I kind of wished that Akio’s worries about what the addition of Ian would mean had been discussed more, but it’s pretty clear that they were happy with their relationship and ready to move forward together.
I loved the relationship that Akio has with his best friend, Templeton. There’s a lot of quirky characters in this one that I would love to see again, including their major domo, Rufus.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. Who, Torchwood, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.
When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.
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