Series: Living Cold 01
Author: Addison Avery
Length: Novella (86pgs)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand (26th June 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2 ½ – 3 Hearts
Blurb: Hell comes to the damned when two opposites are forced to come to terms with their fates and embrace the love they’re destined to share. Living cold in a mortal’s world, Felix Davidson knows he is doomed when he spends an intimate evening with Savannah’s notorious playboy, an immortal he finds impossible to refuse.
Colburn Cay lives an extravagant lifestyle. Wealth has afforded him certain privileges and the finer things in life, even invitations to the distinguished Felix Davidson’s birthday party.
After meeting Felix, Colburn keeps his distance, but soon he acknowledges his growing lust for the prominent host. While preposterous, Colburn’s interest in Felix runs deep. Colburn hopes his desire for the infamous prude will soon fizzle out, but as the flames ignite, Colburn realizes what he and Felix share is more than an impossible affair. Their inevitable attraction will carry them far beyond the pleasures of the night.
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Review: Colburn is one of only a small number of vampires who are ‘out’ in the mortal world, he has become the darling Savannah society and he revels in the playboy image he has worked so hard at. Felix is an upstanding member of society and he is very much in the vampire ‘closet’, he disdains those that flaunt themselves and has no need himself for one night stands. During a dinner party, that Felix’s sister has arranged the two meet and Felix is disturbed by the attraction he feels for Colburn, Colburn is equally dumbfounded but pursues Felix with an unquenchable thirst only to leave denying their mating.
This story was interesting, but very unfulfilling. While it was a very strong case of opposites attracting, it limped along with a fizzle rather than a bang. Colburn has slept his way through Savannah high society, both men and women, and loves his life. Colburn is invited to all the parties and is unsurprised when he is invited to Felix’s. But, he is surprised by his reaction to cold fish Felix. Felix doesn’t want to throw any parties, but his sister insists that he will never find his mate sitting at home reading. Meeting Colburn throws Felix, but rejecting the man’s advances would take more willpower than even he possesses. Especially, as the man is his mate. But having Colburn turn his back and leave, causes them both pain until Colburn accepts that running isn’t going to work.
While this has an interesting storyline and there was some hot sex, the story was lackluster and didn’t hold my attention even with one or two quirky characters. Felix is very much a stick in the mud and Colburn is very extravagant. Neither really thinks much of the other, until they meet face to face. Throw in a troublesome neighbor and we have some tension. Colburn swears he will accept their mating, but as soon as he is finished with Felix, he leaves and tries to fight the mating pull. Felix has no intention of chasing Colburn, but is relieved when Colburn comes back and they swear to always be together. Neither character really shines and the story is set over just a couple of days. There really wasn’t anything to grab your attention and keep a hold of it.
I would recommend this to those who love vampires, instant mating, hot sex and a touch of trouble.