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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vampire Instinct by Joey W. Hill

Vampire Instinct by Joey W. Hill
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (448 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Fetish, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Gladiolus

As servant to vampire mistress Lady Daniela, Elisa is unwaveringly devoted—but she recoils at one shocking request: destroy the untamed, undead children entrusted to her care. There is one desperate option: Malachi, a Native American vampire who is a legend for his work with rehabilitating feline predators. And as Malachi struggles to control the young ones’ impulses, he opens himself up to those of Elisa—and the passion they share for the night could seal their fates forever.

Anyone familiar with Joey W. Hill’s Vampire Queen Series will relish this newest installment. In Vampire Instinct we are introduced to a different kind of hero. Malachi is a vampire who has been turned, not born, and is Native American. For the most part he stays away from the vampire world, remaining at his sanctuary for feline predators. So when vampire Lady Daniela asks for his help in rehabilitating feral vampire children, he isn’t certain he is up to the task. Enter Elisa; Daniela’s servant and a woman who has lost much at the hands of the children in her care. Mal and Elisa don’t appear to have much in common, but as past tragedies are revealed they discover they need each other far more than they realize.

As with Ms. Hill’s previous books, Vampire Instinct is impossible to put down. The characters come to life on the page, becoming living, breathing people. Malachi is extremely sexy as a vampire who resists his darker compulsions, while Elisa is the perfect heroine to test him at every turn and peel away the layers to reveal the man beneath the tough façade. There is heartbreak, there is love, and there is so much emotion in this novel it’s impossible to formulate into words. It’s difficult to reveal too much about Elisa and Mal for fear of ruining the story. However, it is safe to say Mal learns to master the fragile and traumatized Elisa in the same cautious fashion he approaches her vampire charges. Although the heat and chemistry between the protagonists is off the charts, it’s the deeper emotional connection that will bring readers back to this book when they want a tear-jerker read.

Vampire Instinct is an absolute must buy for those who enjoy thoroughly developed characters, a soul-deep emotional journey, and the perfect amount of BDSM.

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