Reviewed for The Romanceaholic
Elyn Castel spent 50 years as the slave of a vampire sociopath. Now, thanks to cyborg bodyguard Jarl “Blade” Bladin, Kruz is dead. But Blade is after Elyn now, and she has to do everything she can to get away from Blade. But that’s easier said than done…
This little erotica story starts off explosively — with Elyn running for her life from the assassin whose life she’d helped ruin.
What worked for me:
* I really enjoy the “enemies to lovers” plot device in romances, and this story is no exception. Having Blade out for revenge against everyone who’d caused the deaths of his team several months prior made his conflicting emotions for Elyn much more intense.
* I really liked that neither character was perfect. Blade made a very stupid mistake early on in the story in an attempt to be a smartass (his words), and Elyn literally threw herself in front of a blade later in the story because she didn’t take into account that as a Tekken, Blade could take care of himself better than she could.
What didn’t work for me:
* Elyn had been brutally and savagely raped and tortured for the entire 50 years that she’d been enslaved by the evil vampire Kruz and his lackeys, and yet, she shows absolutely no signs of this trauma when she not only set out to seduce Blade before the story began, but also shortly after he’d captured her. The second time comes directly on the heels of her being truly terrified by believing that Kruz was still alive and after her.This seemed to be too far at odds to her initial reaction to the possibility of Kruz being alive to be believable
* Elyn and Blade jumped into the ILY’s way too quickly for my tastes. Even though they had a very short previous history together, I wasn’t feeling the emotional connection that soon.
Overall, however, this spicy little short was a tasty treat, and the best part? Right now it’s only $0.99 for Kindle at Amazon.com
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