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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Viking Seduction: Blood Hunter by Brannan Black

Viking Seduction: Blood Hunter by Brannan Black
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (98 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Forced Seduction, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

I'm a cop. Homicide Detective Pasquale O'Grady. So believe me when I tell you, vampires took my daughter -- along with other missing collage kids. Real vampires, not the Goth wanna-be kind. I even know which one. But the bastard went and got himself dead before I could track him down.

With my leads gone, my only hope is his killer. I knew convincing another bloodsucker to help me was a long shot. I hadn't counted on his sexy blond sister who wants me in her bed. It's not that I have something against sex, hell, what man with a pulse would? And since my divorce, I haven't exactly been getting much action. But I'm too damn old to be some Viking vampire's boytoy -- or worse, blood slave -- no matter how sexy.

Excitement and surprises abound within the well written pages of Viking Seduction: Blood Hunter.

First off, this is a first person point of view story told from the male hero’s perspective and I thought it worked really well. In fact, it was vastly entertaining and it kept my interest completely throughout the entire tale.

Grady is a cop on the trail of his missing daughter. Right off the bat I was sympathetic to his character and I wanted him to succeed. What he has to do and what he finds out along the way had me flipping the pages at a furious pace. I liked his gruff, no nonsense manner and he doesn’t pull his punches. In fact, he’s a man’s man and a good officer and his skills come in to play in ways and places he never could have dreamed of.

One person he never thought he’d have a chance with is the blonde hottie he fantasized about. Segrun is a Viking warrior turned vampiress. She has some seriously major mojo and I enjoyed watching her love/hate relationship with Grady. What a wonderful character she is and when Grady finally gets a chance to understand what her life has been like it’s a pivotal shift in their relationship. Segrun comes across originally as a tough as nails user of men, but when Grady earns her trust readers find out she is even more interesting that they might have imagined.

Another aspect that is well written was the hot and literally furious love scenes between the hero and heroine. Talk about wild and no holds barred – nothing boring about these two. The author placed each frenetic and scorching scene where they’d have the most value in forwarding the plot while vastly entertaining the reader at the same time. There was a good balance between the story and the heated skin scenes and I appreciate the author’s talent.

The secondary characters were interesting and valuable to both the hero and heroine and based upon how the story ended, I suspect there will be another book about one of them, hopefully soon.

Yes, there is a happily ever after and the byplay between Segrun and Grady made it fun. In fact I loved how the two verbally sparred with each other – it was great dialogue. And although the story ended happy for them, the author introduced a political wrinkle that will surely test the strength and loyalty of the friendships made during the course of this tale. To say that I’m interested in what comes next is an understatement. Viking Seduction: Blood Hunter rocked and I can’t wait to find out what new excitement this talented author has in store for readers.

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