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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Phantom Desires by Bianca D'Arc

Phantom Desires by Bianca D’Arc
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (135 pages)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Holly

This time, the creature under the basement is real. And dead sexy.

Brotherhood of Blood, Book 3

Computer expert Carly is tired, burned out and ready to downgrade her hectic lifestyle to something simpler. Her solution—pull up stakes and move to an old farm house in the middle of Wyoming. Her new house is full of old-time charm, and it comes with an unexpected surprise. Dmitri Belakov.

Dmitri, a Master Vampire, had an agreement with the former owners of the house to let him live peacefully beneath it in his hidden lair. Now there’s a new owner, and he may have to risk revealing his presence to negotiate a new contract. He moves cautiously because if she won’t deal, he’ll have to kill her once she knows his secret. Carly’s mind is unusually hard to influence, but he makes inroads when she is asleep.

Their shared dreams are more erotic than he ever expected, firing a hunger within him to know her feel and taste in the flesh. But doing so risks far too much. Even if Carly can’t deny the attraction arcing between them, loving him will force her to make a choice. An eternity in darkness with him—or life in the sun without him.

This book has been previously published and has been substantially revised and expanded from its original release.

Warning: This book contains graphic language, explicit sex, very naughty dreamwalking and passionate neck biting.

Imagine, if you will, an old farmhouse in Wyoming, surrounded by fields and woods. Slightly dilapidated, in need of work and cleaning. Add to this a young woman, a computer expert who runs her own company, but is on the edge of burnout with the pressures of work and city living. Finally, toss in one Master Vampire, who, unknown to the woman, shares residency of the farmhouse through an ages old agreement with the family who owned the farm for generations, until the death of the last remaining member of that family. What you have here is the makings for a great reading experience.

Carly has come to Wyoming, to live in the old farmhouse she recently bought. Her computer business can be run long distance and she needed to get away from the intensity of the city. She wakes to the vision of a man sitting in her bedroom, watching her sleep. But in the light of day, she believes she imagined it or dreamed it. Two of her best friends recently found their true loves, and while Carly is happy for them, she feels a little left out. She spends her days either working on cleaning the old house, or working on programs at her computer. Her nights are spent in the arms of a mysterious dream lover, sensuous and erotic experiences that heat her nights. Dmitri is a Master vampire who has lived beneath the old farmhouse for generations, but with the death of the last of the family, he is worried about how to approach the new owner. He invades her dreams with his sensuous images, but finds Carly’s mind difficult to control. His original plan was to use his vampire powers to get her to agree, but after he meets her, he decides on another strategy. Either she will be his, or she will die. Great choices there.

Phantom Desires is the third of Bianca D’Arc’s Brotherhood of Blood books, and she is clearly in control of her vampire world. I like the way she has intertwined the stories, but still makes each book stand on its own merits.

Ms. D’Arc can make even the smallest gesture heat up the pages, and when Carly and Dmitri finally get serious, the heat is taken to new levels. There is a small bit of voyeurism, when the Alpha of the local wolf pack watches through the window during one of the encounters, but that is done as tastefully as a peek through the window can be. The wolves also provide a bit of comic relief, as well as showing Carly that there are all manner of things on her land. The twist near the end came out of nowhere, and I was surprised when it happened.

I love it when a writer is unpredictable, and that can certainly be said for Bianca D’Arc’s Brotherhood books, and I only have one complaint about Phantom Desires: I wanted it to keep on going. It is a great book for a summer Saturday night, and I sincerely enjoyed reading this one.

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