Series: Hunter Clan 02
Author: Jess Buffett
Length: Novella (102pgs)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand Publishing (22nd May 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Riley McLeod has never gotten over the loss of his family to murderous Vampires, and often hides behind his sarcasm and carefree attitude. So imagine his shock when he discovers he is not only mated to one, but his mate is the Prince of the Vaucluse Coven.
When Caleb Vaucluse arrived at the Hunter Clan, he never expected to meet his mate. His joy soon turns to devastation when he learns that Riley fears him. Caleb struggles to get past Riley’s defenses and prove that they are meant to be. Unfortunately just as they come together, pride and old wounds prove hard to overcome for the pair, and threaten to tear them apart for good.
As an enemy is revealed and more questions are raised, Caleb and Riley have a choice to make. Do they keep their pride and stand alone, or stand together and embrace the love fate gave to them?
Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/rileys-vampire-prince
Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Witnessing the slaughter of his family by Vampires, has left Riley scarred and he hides behind sarcasm and a carefree attitude. Discovering his mate is a Vampire, Riley doesn’t know if he can ever get over the memories and his fear. Caleb never expected to meet his mate when visiting the Hunter Clan and he never expected that his mate would be terrified of him. Getting past his mate’s defenses is hard and they begin to make progress… but, then misunderstandings get in the way.
This is a great addition to the Hunter Clan series and continues along the storyline of the Potestas and their intention to wipe out Mages. Riley is confused by his conflicting emotions when it comes to his mate Caleb. He just wants to climb all over the sexy Vampire and lick him all over, but his fangs scare the hell out of him. Caleb isn’t sure how to approach his sexy little mate. He knows what happened to Riley’s family and doesn’t want the fact that he is a Vampire to keep them apart. Both characters have been through their own horrific trauma and while Riley shares his, Caleb keeps his hidden which causes problems.
I really enjoyed this addition to the series with both men having their ups and downs. struggling to fit together as a couple and then sharing their pain with each other. When The Kayan’s Mage ended, Riley and Caleb had just met. Now, it’s a couple of months later and Caleb has given Riley space to get used to him. I loved that. The fact that they were mates and they were able to take their time, it’s such a refreshing change from the ‘instant mates, must mate right now’ attitude that most paranormal books follow. The progression of the storyline is good and new questions arise about the Potestas when the Hunter Clan receives a mysterious e-mail. The way the story was left has me wanting the next book Dmitri’s Little Spitfire; this is proving to be a very intriguing series.
It isn’t all perfect though. Yes, I adore the characters, especially Riley. The sex scenes are hot. The storyline is great and the plot progressing along nicely. So what wasn’t perfect? Well, Riley reacts badly at one point and does a 180 in his attitude that I found surprising and a little disappointing. Then there was a scene later in the book where Riley and Caleb make up, but it was in an inappropriate setting. sorry, but that is a pet hate for me. Other that those two times though, I really enjoyed this story.
I will recommend this to those who love Vampires, Mages, hot sex, damaged characters, hot making up, misunderstandings, an excellent twist and a very happy ending for Riley and Caleb.