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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Quench by E. Cameron Stacy

Quench by E. Cameron Stacy
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (95 Pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/F, Ménage
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Xeranthemum

At Quench Dating Services, you will hook up with a match who looks just like the celebrity of your dreams—guaranteed, no fee, no gimmicks.

They only ask that you give blood.

Assured that the blood donations benefit a good cause, Tammy Swift has the most sensual night of her life with her date, the glamorous Antonio--although he never reaches climax. Along with the other members, he also wears a ridiculous amount of cologne. Taunted by these curiosities, Tammy probes into the club to find that she’s quenching her lover’s desires in a different way.

Quench is a different take on the relationship between a human and a vampire. It’s not all roses and it’s not all angst and horror; it’s about taking too long to make a decision and sometimes it’s too late for a second chance.

Her name is Tammy and she’s a forgiving, adventurous and all around nice person. She has lines she won’t cross and yearnings go unfulfilled because of them. She’s pragmatic and sensual, clever and filled with a healthy sex drive. How many divorced women have an almost amicable yet irritating relationship with their ex?

I found the author’s use of Tammy’s ex as a vehicle for plot movement quite novel. As for the hero, well, he’s a mystery. He’s everything Tammy’s fantasized about and nothing she really wanted. These men in her life will provide Tammy with more than she bargained for.

I’m not much on self-gratification scenes but for readers who are, they’re well done and stimulating. I also think the ending made great use of Tammy’s inquisitive nature, the hero’s plight and the wonderful opportunity for second chances – even if they are a bit unconventional.

Quench condenses some very hot writing after a slow build-up in plot. I felt sympathy towards Tammy’s ex as well as the hero. I won’t name him because believe it or not, not knowing made the book that much more interesting. Sometimes not knowing is such a turn-on, and Quench delivers.

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