Genres: Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Published by Loose Id on August 5, 2014
Source: Tour Host
Reviewed by: GinnyPurchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Vampire Claire finds herself caught in the middle between her Master, Parker, and her Trigger, Andre. Little love is lost between the former friends, but somehow Claire must build a bridge between them when they are sent to Edgewood to settle their differences. The cost of her failure will be deadly.
Deep in the cellars of Edgewood, a game of sexual bondage unleashes unexpected dangers, twisting open, loving Andre into a secretive virtuoso of manipulation. Is this just another part of the game, or is he losing his mind? Parker will take desperate steps to protect his apprentice, but he won’t be dragged into the game with them.
Can Parker set aside forty years of bitter rivalry, or will he sacrifice Andre to save Claire?
A love triangle, bondage, dominant males, vampires, and an evil plot — What’s not to love?
I was honored to receive both books in this series by Amy Lee Burgess, the first being “Blood Gift” (Amazon purchase link here — side note, I feel like the woman on the cover resembles Kirsten Dunst, so that’s who I was picturing.) and the second, “Blood Gate”, to which this review is dedicated.
Told from Claire’s first person perspective, you begin after she’s been turned but she’s still new, and still learning the ropes. She has the ability to read minds, and the ability to sway others to do her bidding — both talents came out after her turning. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have control over it, so being out in public is very difficult for her — many things are. She comes from a troubled, abusive past and tries to use her powers for good, though the result isn’t always as she planned.
From the first book into the second, she switches “Masters” — first, the vampire who turned her, Parker, to the vampire she can’t resist, Andre. Both are just as dark as she, with secrets of their own. What I love about first person POV writing is that you are able to learn the secrets right along with Claire, but you still have your own frame of mind to think loudly, “What the hell are you doing?! Stop! Go back! Don’t!!!” even as she trudges forward.
At first I thought Claire was weak, but then I realized that, even though she definitely is in a way, deep below Amy Lee Burgess wrote a spine of steel and survivor techniques that I admire.
Speaking of admiration, she made me love and hate both Parker and Andre — and wish I had just one night with both of them.
This review, honestly, covers both books in a way — in the first book I hated Parker, in the second, I hated Andre. And in the end, I loved all three of them. I do hope that there will be more for this series. The only matter of contention I have would be the price of the kindle books themselves. It may just be that I’m poor, but I don’t know if I’d pay $7.99 for each book. Possibly both ($4 each), but I do think the price is a bit high. To each their own, and to what they can afford.
I did very much enjoy these books and I do recommend that people read them and give Amy Lee Burgess credit where credit is due.