M/M, Romance - novella
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
The story opens with a vampire hunting a snack at a dance club. When he finds what he wants, he kills, and the first of the main characters, Van Scott, a gay, vampire-killer tracks him down and cleans up. Van works for a secret organization that seems to exist in order to protect humans from vampires, which are ugly, flesh and blood-eating monsters. When Van is asked to protect a man named Daniel Winters for a few days, his handler gives him an unusual caveat, "do not fall in love". From the very first moment that Daniels enters Van's
street, he discovers that everything is different in this protection detail from any one he had worked before.
Although I felt the overall premise had promise, the writing was stilted in points and poorly edited. From the beginning, I thought Van was a jerk, full of himself and thinking he was both the "uber-hunter" and god's gift to mankind, but near the middle of the story, my opinion changed. When he opened up and talked to Daniel, his past made his attitude more understandable. He was still a jerk, but one that was covering up a severely damaged emotional past. Daniel was obviously hiding major secrets and when they finally came to light it was quite interesting, but until the very end his character was just too one-dimensional.
Basically, I just didn't buy them as a couple because it happened too fast and with little reason other than they each thought the other was hot, and with all the strangeness going on it seemed unrealistic. The almost constant barrage of vampire attacks kept making it obvious that Van was not being told what he needed to know, and there were too many loose ends within the story, even though it is the beginning of a series.
Erotica - novella
TBR Reviewer: Shyla
I felt like I was reading an outline versus a story with Hadyn in Heat. From the simple sentences, to the overall lay out of the story ,everything was unfinished and a bit murky. I also noticed quite a bit of head hoping, which distracted from the universe Ms. Midnight & Ms. Michaels were creating. The sex scenes were intense, numerous, and varied. There was a wide range of pairings from M/m , F/F, and M/F. So, in that sense Haydn Heat had it all.
The problem for me was, hot sex was all this story seemed to have. The plot was lost in the sex scenes, and I had no connection to the lead characters. I never knew anything about the hero Sarah other than the fact that she was blond, horny, and Hadyn’s mate. Her actions seemed unbelievable from the very start. If a wolf with human genitals approached me in the woods the last thing I’d want to do would be to stroke his penis. That cut too close to the line of bestiality for me, even though Haydn does turn into a human male before they
actually have sex.
The same sense of disconnection happened with Hadyn. He was a young wolf in heat who lives in some strange society whom I believe were trying to train them to live in the real world, and get them through the mating period. It was unclear, like a lot of the book. When Hadyn breaks the rules of his people and leaves their commune to have sex with a human he ends up mated.
This leaves an opening for the evil shifter Valon to try to take advantage of the situation. He wants his daughter, Sephy to mate with a shifter to regain the power he’s lost so he kidnaps Sarah knowing eventually Hadyn will be unable to resist her siren’s call. (Yeah the father daughter relationship made me squirm . The idea of a parent providing sex partners for his child, and coming in on her performing sex acts without being bothered did not sit well with me. Wolf shifter or not, and I’d have to say I’m no prude or shrinking flower)
I hope that Ms. Midnight & Ms. Michaels pay as much attention to the details and plot on the next story as they do the sex, because then I think they’ll have a winner on their hands.