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Vampire Prince by S.J. Frost

Vampire Prince

Vampire Prince by S.J. Frost

Series: Paranormal Nobles, Book 1
Published by: Ellora’s Cave on March 7, 2014
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Three years ago, Sebastian Beaumont was tricked. Having been kicked out by his parents when they discovered he was gay, Sebastian tried to make it on the streets. But living on the streets is hard enough for an adult; it can be even harder for a teenager. So the offer for a roof over his head, good food, and security was something he jumped at. He just didn’t expect that he would be come a blood slave, forced to let random vampires feed off of him, in exchange. And he expects he will die in Wesley’s blood house.

Sebastian’s outlook changes when a mysterious new patron arrives and selects him. Valentin is a vampire prince–something Sebastian didn’t know existed. The two hit it off quickly, and when Sebastian is threatened, Valentin buys Sebastian’s contract off a reluctant Wesley and takes him home. Sebastian is free, but for someone who has been enslaved and expected to die that way, freedom is a difficult concept. And Valentin has some wounds of his own. Of course, there’s also the fact that Wesley feels scorned over the loss of one of his slaves, and he may stop at nothing to get him back. With the cards stacked against them, can Sebastian and Valentin find a way to make this work?

There’s something I really enjoyed about the world in which this story takes place. I mean, yes the concept of blood slaves isn’t a huge stretch in a vampire universe, though I don’t know that I’ve read many stories that have featured something like that. But the interaction with demons, the backstory of how vampires were created, and some of the other lore kept me intrigued. And Beezle–everyone needs a Beezle.

There isn’t as much focus here on the development of the relationship between Sebastian and Valentin, but that was okay with me. There was a good balance between focusing on them and letting other characters shine while drawing readers into this world. Definitely an enjoyable read.

Model Love by S.J. Frost

18664798Title: Model Love
Author: S.J. Frost
Published: October 23, 2013
Pages: 141
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:
Former model Ian hasn’t been the same since the death of his twin brother.  Wracked by guilt, he left the modeling world and retreated into a solitary and lonely existence.  When his former agent invites him on a getaway to Bora Bora, he is wary, certain it’s all a ploy to get him back into modeling.  He reluctantly agrees, but makes it clear he has no intention of returning to his former profession.

Enter Temaru, a diving instructor, who finds himself immediately drawn to Ian when he sees him on the beach.  But can he get past the walls that Ian has put up around himself?  Can Ian let someone into the world he’s created?  Will he push Temaru away as he has everyone else or can Temaru be the one who helps Ian realize what’s he’s lost by refusing to work through his guilt?

This was a bit of a fluffy and cute story to read.  There’s some angst on Ian’s part (obviously), but overall it’s one of those sweeter romances that I think we all need to pick up from time to time.  Temaru is one of my favorite characters that I’ve read in a romance recently and I wouldn’t mind finding a Temaru of my own, to be completely honest.  Definitely worth a read.

Title: Built 4 It
Author: Daisy Harris
Publication Date: January 4, 2012

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
Ben Spiegel has struggled with his job as a lab assistant at Built4, a company that reanimates corpses (known as ‘steins’) to be used in medical research. As the steins begin to demonstrate more human-like qualities, his guilt over his work grows. At the same time, the alpha stein, Kee, has captured his attention and it seems Ben may have captured Kee’s as well. As Ben’s ethics are pushed to their limits, he finds that he may not exactly have to follow all the rules – and Kee just might have a chance to regain some of his humanity.

I particularly enjoyed this book. It’s M/M erotica (there are a few explicit scenes), but the author has done a great job of balancing the graphic sex with the development of the characters and relationships. It is the third book in the series, but don’t let that be off-putting. I’ve not read the previous two (YET! I plan to, now…) but the world is presented in a way that knowledge of previous events isn’t needed to jump in and know what’s going on. A great choice for those interested in M/M with a bit of a paranormal and almost dystopian twist, first times, and unlikely lovers.

(eGalley provided by Ellora’s Cave via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)