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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Love Bites by Scarlett Blackwell

Love Bites by Scarlett Blackwell
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (34 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Sebastien, a French vampire, has lived with the murder of his true love for three hundred years. Now there’s someone new on the scene, someone who looks very much like his dead love. Did she somehow survive? Has she been reincarnated? He won’t stop until he finds out exactly who she is.

Alex, a blonde and beautiful woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, is followed one night by a mysterious man. Their chemistry is undeniable, and despite the realization he wants her because she looks like someone from his past, she finds herself naked and beneath him.

Soon, Alex is visited by a member of the mysterious Council, one who threatens to end her life. Can Sebastien save her, or will she meet the same fate Eloise did three hundred years ago?

Mortal, meet immortal. You have to get along. Oh, and better keep the sparks between you to a minimum. Have I got your attention? I hope so.

This is my first foray into the world of Scarlett Blackwell and I’ve got to say it was good. Ms. Blackwell writes poignant vamps. Did I mention they have wings? Now, I’ve read plenty of paranormal and I’m sure vamps with wings isn’t new, but it was to me. I found it sexy and intriguing.

There were a few issues though, with this story. I liked that I got to roam around in both Sebastien and Alex’s heads, but there were quite a few times when I felt pulled from the story because it veered into telling rather than showing. A few more details and a little more time to crawl around in Alex and Sebastien’s feelings would make this story really fantastic. Also, there were a couple of editing errors which tripped up my reading experience, but not enough to keep me from finishing the story.

I want to talk about the best parts of the story. Sebastien and Alex. Sebastien is a sexy, fearless and broken hero vampire. Love it. I ached when he had to make choices because I could literally see him weighing his options. I rooted for the guy to get his heart’s delight—Alex. She’s a conundrum. I wasn’t sure I liked her in the beginning. Well, no, I loved her independent streak and her determination not to just fall to him. Gotta give the girl props for guts. There were a few times I thought things went a bit easily, but again, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Pairing Alex and Sebastien is sexy, sweet, and I couldn’t get enough.

If you want a paranormal story that’s a new twist on an old theme, then you need to read Love Bites. I give it a hearty three cherries.

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