Series: Hot Encounters 01
Author: Toni Griffin
Genre: Paranormal, Vampire
Length: Novella (131pgs)
Publisher: Silver Publishing (12th May 2012)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Merrick has never had to chase anyone in his life, but then he’s never met his mate before. Frankie has dated some losers and just escaped an abusive ex. Trusting his vamp won’t be easy.
After five centuries, Merrick Winters is bored with life. He’s tired of the same kind of men throwing themselves at him. His coven is secure and his bar is a success. He needs a challenge. When he meets his mate, he’s certain he’s found just the challenge he was looking for.
Frankie Reynolds doesn’t have time for an abusive man and he wishes his ex would get the message. After one night at Hot Encounters, both an ex and a master vampire won’t leave him alone. He doesn’t mind the vampire so much, but this mate business is a little much.
An amazing attraction makes sparks fly, but can Merrick convince Frankie to trust again?
CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains scenes of near rape.
Review: Merrick is slightly bored with the same old same old. After all, there is only so much a vamp can do in five hundred years. But, that all changes when he spots Frankie on the dance floor of his club and he has a feeling that he will be forever kept on his toes. Frankie is just letting loose on the dance floor when he spots the most gorgeous man ever, but after coming out of a relationship where his ex-boyfriend hit him, he is cautious.
Toni Griffin has written a nice easy read that is uncomplicated and low on angst. Merrick is thrilled when he meets his mate and his mate isn’t a walkover. Frankie stands up to him and doesn’t let him get away with anything… now if only he can get him to agree to be his mate. Frankie has had enough of loser boyfriends and isn’t sure if he can trust himself to choose a decent man. So, when the Master vampire declares he’s his mate, he is very wary of jumping in feet first.
Frankie is quite a strong-willed man and knows how to take care of himself; he is determined to take his time getting to know Merrick before committing to a mating that will last for eternity. This I found to be brilliantly done, because although they both felt sparks flying between them, they both still held off until Frankie was really ready. The problem of the ex-boyfriend was handled well, but I would have liked to know more about the rogue vampires. Both characters were well suited and I would have liked to get to know them better; some more background on them, but I liked them all the same. I found this storyline flowed well and the story easy to read and get into.
I will recommend this to those who like strong characters, hot sex, vampires and paranormals, a bit of conflict, instant attraction and a happy ending.