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Friday, November 26, 2010

Blacque/Bleu by Belinda McBride

Blacque/Bleu by Belinda McBride
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy, paranormal
Length: Full Length (220 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex, bdsm
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Lukas Blacque is a deeply closeted werewolf, and almost more than anything in life, he desires his neighbor, Oliver Bleu. Oliver is a vampire who is slowly dying from insomnia. More than anything, he needs Lukas Blacque and the rich blood that flows through his veins.

On the day that Blacque makes an important commitment to his family and pack, he also succumbs to temptation and agrees to a passionate weekend with the alluring vampire. At sunset on Friday, it’s all about urgent lust and the drive to lose his virginity. When the sun rises on Monday, lust has shifted to love and devotion. He's not sure he can walk away, even for the commitment he's made. He's even less sure Bleu will let him go.

In Blacque’s world, vampires and werewolves make uneasy bedfellows, and a gay werewolf is an impossibility. In Bleu’s world, all living creatures are little more than vessels for food and sex. But in the mysterious and magical town of Arcada, the unexpected is always waiting right around the corner. Now Blacque and Bleu just need to survive long enough for Arcada’s magic to work for them.

Can a gay werewolf and ancient vampire find love in a closet? Lukas Blacque is a werewolf mechanic. He’s also gay, but since gay werewolves aren’t supposed to exist, he’s careful not to let his orientation be known. Lukas is also determined to resist his sexy as sin neighbor, the gorgeous old vampire Oliver Bleu. Yet Oliver isn’t looking so healthy lately and a chance encounter leads to a weekend of bliss for the lovers. Their happiness can’t last as Oliver’s maker has returned and Lukas is in line as the next alpha.

Blacque/Bleu is an entertaining and enjoyable story in a field littered with too many cliché vampire/werewolf stories. The story may not be especially new but the clever details and subtle humor woven into the writing makes this stand out amongst the crowd. Oliver is gradually fading from existence due to insomnia. The less he sleeps, the weaker he feels and less easily he can hunt. The longer he goes between hunting, the weaker he becomes in a vicious cycle. Lukas is a gay werewolf in line to take over the pack, a position he doesn’t want but feels he must take.

The dynamic between the two men is instantly engaging. They dance around each other but when they get together, the sex is hot and plentiful. There is a D/s element to their relationship but it’s very minor and only related to sex. There is also a host of other characters from family members to mysterious and intriguing town residents that serve to keep the story going with great interest. The town itself is a magical place that chooses its residents, a clever twist. Along with the play on the men’s names, the story offers several moments of tongue in cheek humor.

From beginning to end, Blacque/Bleu offers something different in the usually overfilled field of supernatural stories. The characters become like old friends that you want to see happy while even the crankiest of men meet their match. The story can’t be over for this unusual town or these great men so until their next adventure is published, get this now and indulge in some light but thoroughly satisfying reading.

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