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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Heart of the Bloodstone by Melinda Barron

Heart of the Bloodstone by Melinda Barron
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (144 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, F/F, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Fisting, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Regina would love nothing more than to shift into her tiger form and play all day long, then spend the evening having hot, sweaty sex with her dark faerie, Jessup. But there’s only five days until Samhain and the triad has not arrived to claim the bloodstone, and it’s her job to help them when they arrive.

Her foes have other ideas for Regina. They’ve summoned another dark faerie, Notus, to try and break her and Jessup apart. But when Notus arrives, Regina discovers that finding the triad is no harder than looking at herself and the two faeries who want nothing more than to tie her up, then send her flying.

But they're going to have to balance bedtime play with hard work to get to the heart of the bloodstone and save the world.

Regina is a sex kitten with way to many people fighting for a place in her bed. Luckily Jessup has figured out a way to corner that market. Well at least he had until Notus, another dark faerie, shows up. With a reputation for being insatiable Regina may not be able to keep up with these boys.

While all of the characters are intriguing I would have to say that Notus is my favorite. His quick wit and smart mouth had me laughing out loud. He seems to know what button to push, on not only Jessup but also Regina and any other character that cares to make his acquaintance. And let’s not forget that he is a sexy dark faerie. Though, I am not sure what the difference between a dark and light faerie is. Not that it matters because I would take that dark faerie over a light one any day.

I think the relationship development as a whole in this story was well written. The fact that Jessup and Regina were so perfect together and reluctant to accept Notus into their relationship, even if forced to, made for great reading. I also liked that Jessup and Notus had a deep harbored secret that even Regina wasn’t privy too. Watching these characters interact and their relationship develop definitely keep me interested in this story the whole way through.

From the very beginning the author draws you into not only the relationship between the three main characters, but also the conflict with Matlyn. I think that the conflict with Matlyn added an edge to the story, so that even if the romantic relations didn’t keep you reading (which it did) the antagonistic conflict will. Especially since it is not clear to the reader how the story will end. In today’s literary world there really aren’t many stories that keep you guessing on who is going to succeed in the end as this story does.

This story is a sequel to a previously released story, Amethyst Eyes. It is not mentioned except for on Loose Id’s website. When reading this story it seemed as if it was a sequel, but I did not get the feeling that I was really missing any important parts of the story. So I can unquestionably say this can be read as a stand alone novel if you have not read the previous story.

The relationship between Jessup, Notus and Regina is definitely spicy. Whether it is Jessup and Notus worshipping Regina’s body or Jessup dishing out a tantalizing spanking. There may not be full on guy-on-guy action other than a spanking but it is clear these men are attracted to each other. These characters have so much wild kinky sex you can also tell how much they really care about one another even if they do not realize it themselves.

With an array of enticing characters a great plot and sub-plot this story was definitely worth reading.

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