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Friday, March 6, 2009

Acacia II: Blindsided by L. Shannon



Acacia II: Blindsided by L. Shannon
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (40 pgs)
Other: M/M, Forced Seduction
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Poppy

Within the refuge of the moon Acacia, vampires have established peace and built a thriving empire based on control and logic. But emotion rules their hearts and lust defies logic through the long cool nights.

Dr. Blake, a high ranking member of Acacia’s Medical Division, is shocked to find blood donations to the vampire moon colony have been contaminated with an antigen that could wipe out their entire race. Who would contaminate the blood, with what and why? The answer may cost him his life -- and his one chance at true happiness.

Clearly part of a series, but more than capable of standing alone, Blindsided was a fabulous, well-written and exciting story.

From the moment it begins it is both action-packed an emotional. I appreciated this story more for the fact that it wasn’t just about sex. There was a significant plot, well-rounded secondary characters and more than enough suspense to keep me turning pages almost faster than I could read!

Take a vampire doctor full of angst over his unwise desire for a slave, add a touch of undetectable poison, add a human slave with complete devotion to his master, throw in seasoning in the form of a three-dimensional supporting cast, and you have one fabulous read.

Yes, the sex was hot. And, even though I am not typically a fan of forced seduction, it worked for me in this instance. It was evident that the two main characters loved each other, and the one felt great sorrow for what he had done.

My one complaint was that the “suspense” portion of the story was not only not wrapped up, it was added to. So, I’m on the hunt for Acacia III. I have to know what happens next! Beware, if you start reading this series, you won’t want to stop. It’s addictive.

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