Author: Susan Hayes
Page count: 169
Genres: Paranormal Romance/Menage
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 5 Stars - A Must Read.
Heat: 5 - Orgasmic.
Tabitha is attacked as she goes to her car for the lunch she left out there, late at night. She’s saved by virtue of the fact that the vampire couldn’t control her completely and zone her out, and (it is later
revealed) that he wasn’t out for the kill, but rather to send a message. Dr. Duncan picks her up (almost literally) and stops her from making a report to the hospital about the attack, and then takes her to his home to help her feel better. There, she meets his guardian, Jared. How lucky can a girl who’s been
attacked by a vampire get? Two sexy men who both clearly want her. But, yeah. There’s that whole blood-drinking thing that Dr. Duncan does (which he quickly reveals to her). This could have been a sticking point with her, considering Tabi gets sick at the sight of blood, but she adapts pretty quickly to the notion that vampires are real. It doesn’t take long before Tabi moves in with the men (for her protection initially) and they try to sort out who has incurred on Duncan’s protected territory.
This has some pretty standard alpha/overprotectiveness (hey, there are two guys, it was bound to happen), but to Ms. Hayes’s credit, it isn’t overdone and Tabi doesn’t sit back and take it. No, she won’t let them lock her in an ivory tower. When, later in the book, Jared is taken by the enemy, she’s right there by Duncan, hunting down the bad guys to rescue her man.
There are many reasons that bumped this book to a 5-star for me. This book features a slightly different twist on vampires. As Duncan’s gotten older, he’s gotten stronger immunity against the sun, so it’s
not a complete “vampires go poof in sunlight”. The maker/makee of the vampire/child relationship is interesting, as is the self-governing and territorial nature of the vampires. Ms. Hayes also doesn’t shy away from humor and taking a few good, hard smacks at a particular author’s sparkling vampires.
Duncan is displeased, to say the least, when Tabi asks if he sparkles in the sun. Jared’s response: “Be careful. He ate the last person who asked him that.”
And let’s not forget the smoking hot sex. There’s plenty of it, but at no point did I feel it was overdone, or came too soon (well, maybe the first hook-up between Duncan and Tabi, but that’s it). I think
the reason this ménage appealed to me where others don’t is there wasn’t a lot of multiple-partner sex. There was one scene at the end where all three of them were together, but other than that, the majority of the encounters were Tabi and Jared or Tabi and Duncan. I fully got why she would be attracted and want to keep both men. I also like that Ms. Hayes was very clear that the relationship between Duncan and Jared was not and never had been sexual in nature...before Tabi. And even after they both admitted they wanted her, there wasn’t a “Oh cool, we can have sex with her and sex with each other too!” No,
Tabi was very much the object of their desires and there was no man on man action.
So, overall, this was a fantastic book and I’ll have to look for more of Ms. Hayes’s work from here on out.