Series: Weapons of Redemption, #5
Author: Saloni Quinby
Genre: Paranormal Erotica / BDSM
Length: Novella (50 pages)
Publisher: Changeling Press (August 23rd, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥ 2 Hearts
Blurb: To lure his rebellious blood children back into the fold, ancient vampire Tarun abducted the hunter Adrian. He hadn’t bargained on his human prisoner being a match for him in every way — including his darkest desires.
Now, Tarun is the captive and a player in Adrian’s carnal game — an orgasm for an answer. Though Tarun warns Adrian that he won’t like what he hears, the hunter is determined to uncover the secrets of the vampire’s twisted past.
Review: This book is part of a series best read in order.
Book #5 in the Weapons of Redemption series follows Tarun’s story. Three thousand years of hidden secrets. Three thousand years of doing, everything he swore not to. The thousand years of guilt. This is the time for Tarun to finally complete his destiny or crash along with it.
While the success of his plan is fifty-fifty, Tarun never even for a moment thought that he might find an ally, lest a lover in one of his captives. Adrian proves him wrong when not only he doesn’t leave him after being offered his freedom, but also he helps him and saves him from his Blood Sons.
However, Adrian’s loyalty does not come cheap. He requires answers and he will go to great lengths to get them.
So when you read the blurb for this story you automatically think that you’ll be reading some sort of sexual “torture,” perhaps orgasm controlling techniques and bondage. Mine did. Sadly, while the author tries to approach that level of kink, it fails horribly. The narration doesn’t help as it is quite bland leaving us with no connection whatsoever with the characters. The characters themselves are supposed to be falling, or already in love with each other, yet those emotions are lost in the blandness of the prose. The BDSM scenes, which usually when properly written are quite mind-blowing, in this case held nothing of the magic that surrounds them. The bonding, the wanting, the needing, and longing were absent, making this one empty and shallow read. The erotic romance this novella was supposed to be lacked eroticism. The romance itself was the most cliché one I’ve read. The blood and fight that one comes to expect were absent too, so what was there left?
The only thing that kept me reading was the background storyline and the secret Tarun had to reveal. That was one good premise to build a story upon, even if said story failed to appeal. It was nice though to see closure for this series, Tarun deserved that much.