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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Vampire’s Pet by Delilah Hunt

The Vampire’s Pet by Delilah Hunt
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (64 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

For centuries the vampire Mikhail has hunted the Loup Garou, werewolf shifters. Ever present by his side, his faithful she-wolf Kassia, an unassuming pet... until the day he stumbles upon her secret.

A Loup Garou trapped inside her she-wolf body, Kassia suddenly finds herself in human form, complete with the trappings of being a werewolf in heat. Will Mikhail, the powerful leader, cast her aside or keep her to fullfill their each and every desire?

If a reader is looking for a short story heavy on the erotic with a paranormal bent then this story should satisfy.

Kassia is a werewolf and Mikhail is a vampire and both races are mortal enemies. So how can love even have a chance to grow with a conflict like that? Ms. Hunt certainly found a way around it and the growth of their love started in a most unlikely way. It was a kind of friendship first and I liked that.

The conflict is basically how to work around Mikhail’s people’s distrust of Kassia as well as the very personal hatred his own brother feels for her, once the truth of what she is comes out. With only a few sentences, the author made for a strong argument as to why Rowan was so dead set against accepting Kassia. At one point I really didn’t like him but at a pivotal moment with Mikhail, I ended up sort of liking him after all. I didn’t expect that.

The erotic element in this story is very evident with ample opportunities to explore their fledgling relationship. I guess because vampires are top of the food chain, Mikhail’s character took the dominant position, in all ways. In some respects I felt the dominance was a bit heavy handed because of the things he asked/told Kassia to do which didn’t sit well with me; that’s in addition to a choice word that I felt was overused throughout the tale. On the other hand, Kassia is a she-wolf and if the canine is strong within her, as I believe it is, then her behavior, although tempered with her human self, is within the realm of expected behavior. It was just weird seeing it in a human woman. As it is, for readers who like to explore the dominant/submissive relationship, Vampire’s Pet has plenty to offer.

This story was entertaining and it did have some great paranormal elements to it that I enjoyed. It’s a great short for erotic romance readers and it has a nice happily ever after with an extra special touch.

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