Lure of the Blood by Doris O'Connor
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (137 pgs)
Other: M/F, Multiple Partners
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by: Dahlia
Marnie's decision to finance her law degree by pole dancing awakens her latent sexuality, and the mysterious stranger lurking in the shadows sends her libido into overdrive.
Realizing her sexy lurker is a vampire is bad enough, but her boss is the alpha wolf of a pack of shifters? Torn between her attraction to both men and surrounded by danger, she has a decision to make. One that will change her life forever.
Finding herself caught up in her own legal trouble was not how law student Marnie thought her day would end after working the pole at a local strip club. Fortunately, Marnie comes face to face with the man who will ultimately lead her to her destiny. But first she must accept that humans are not the only beings inhabiting this world and her boss is one of their leaders.
I still found it an engaging read for the characters who claimed my attention from the start, although the story lacks fluidity and was a bit confusing with the lack of details and then again with short bursts of detail. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the growth of Marnie's inner feisty personality, the alpha wolf's personal struggle of the heart, and the arrogant vampire caving under the pressure of emotional connection. It wasn't clear what sort of relationship would be formed between Marnie and either of the male leads, but I definitely wanted to see which of these dominants came out on top. There were also a few secondary characters introduced in the later half who left me curious as to their full purpose and perhaps that will be an added enticement to reach for the next story in the series.
Be prepared for lots of sexual tension with plenty of release and even a few surprising tender moments. There's much world-building potential in this story of paranormal beings hiding amongst humans and I am interested to see, which of the characters from this story will be carried forth into the next.