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Friday, April 22, 2011

Stay With Me by Gwen Campbell



Stay With Me by Gwen Campbell
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre:– Contemporary Paranormal
Length: Short Story (155 pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Dogwood

After a messy divorce and the death of her mother, author Charlotte Allen is looking for a quiet place to hang her laptop. She finds it on a hundred acres of pristine, Northern Canadian wilderness. Things start to look up when a hunky contractor signs on to build her dream home.

David Hadfield is a big fan of Charlotte’s work, so it’s no trouble at all when the lovely Ms. Allen asks him to put his big hammer to use. David’s also a 250-year-old vampire who’s been looking for a woman to call his own. Forever.

He loves the vampire stories she writes. It makes sense she’d find it easy to love a real bloodsucker…doesn’t it?

Gwen Campbell puts the “Sizzle” in “Hot”, with this enchanting paranormal love story!

David is a modern day vigilante vampire with a sense of justice. How can one not love that our hot hero is looking to acquire his true life-mate? There is nothing “cold-blooded” about this vamp.

As the story begins, my interest was grabbed and held when we immediatley see the darker side of our hero David, revealing to the reader that one of our main characters is not only strong and sexy but indeed a true protector of his territory; and, as a real vampire, why should he not pursue a potential love interest? Especially when she is a fascinating writer who knows all about vampires with her fictional horror best-sellers? Since he's read everything she has ever written, he feels he knows Charlotte intimately already.

Charlotte reveals her humanity right off in the story. We see a strong, yet vulnerable woman who feels she has to start over with her life in a place where she can concentrate on her writing career instead of focusing on her past disappointments. Her character comes across as sharp and intuitive, but yet a bit leery and reserved. We see from the beginning that David has his work cut out for him if he plans to seduce and win over Charlotte for the long-haul.

David and Charlotte have sizzling chemistry from the very beginning. I found myself completely enthralled in the heated love-scenes and was anxious to turn the page to reveal yet another facet of the characters' budding romance. Though the book tended to weigh a tiny-bit on the predictable side, I was impressed with the descriptive details that made the story come alive in vivid technicolor. I did feel that the background story revealing a major villain was somewhat rushed. I would have loved to see our villain's side-story more detailed so the reader could truly learn to wish for and anticipate his future demise. Overall though I did come to realize the focus was to show the main character's life as a vigilante, as well as to prepare his future mate for the life he has to lead.

I really like that readers can see the humbleness and insecurities of both characters in their quirks and their banter, making them seem touchable and real; however I was mostly impressed with the fluidity of the storyline. Mrs. Campbell's smooth story-telling that seemed to flow effortlessly lured this reader into her fictional reality. I even envisioned myself in the story's scenic location more than once. I found myself reading this book non-stop from start to finish without even realizing that my allotted leisure time had passed by.

If you enjoy contemporary vampire erotic-romance stories, then this book is definitely for you. Be prepared to find yourself rooting for the character's “happily ever-after” and falling in love right along with them.

2 comments:

carnation said...

Good job, Dogwood! Sold! Carnation

Gwen Campbell said...

Thank you, Dogwood, for your very kind review. I'm absolutely tickled you enjoyed the book. Barry's Bay is an absolutely beautiful little town, not far from Ontario's Algonquin Park.

Gwen Campbell