Sunday, March 24, 2013

Blacque/Bleu by Belinda McBride

Title:  Blacque/Bleu
Author: Belinda McBride
My Rating: B+ 

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series:  Arcada #1
Main Characters: Lucas Blacque and Oliver Bleu
Release Date: August 2011 
Publisher: Loose ID

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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Lukas Blacque is a deeply closeted werewolf, and almost more than anything in life, he desires his neighbor, Oliver Bleu. Oliver is a vampire who is slowly dying from insomnia. More than anything, he needs Lukas Blacque and the rich blood that flows through his veins. 

On the day that Blacque makes an important commitment to his family and pack, he also succumbs to temptation and agrees to a passionate weekend with the alluring vampire. At sunset on Friday, it's all about urgent lust and the drive to lose his virginity. When the sun rises on Monday, lust has shifted to love and devotion. He's not sure he can walk away, even for the commitment he's made. He's even less sure Bleu will let him go. 

In Blacque's world, vampires and werewolves make uneasy bedfellows, and a gay werewolf is an impossibility. In Bleu's world, all living creatures are little more than vessels for food and sex. But in the mysterious and magical town of Arcada, the unexpected is always waiting right around the corner. Now Blacque and Bleu just need to survive long enough for Arcada's magic to work for them. 

Publisher's Note: Blacque/Bleu is related to Chrysalis and Mad at the Moon, which were published by Changeling Press. This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Bondage, domination, male/male sexual practices, violence.

My Review:
B+ hot
This book had the best of all the paranormal worlds...wolf shifters AND vampires...oh my! And they're gay...yep, I liked this book. 

Bleu and Blacque have worked next door to each other for years. 

Blacque is a wolf shifter who runs an auto mechanic shop. He's the son of the local alpha, but has never been known to get too deep into the pack politics. He's pretty much a loner....mainly because he's gay and that's something that just isn't accepted for wolf shifters. Wolf shifters are very sexual beings and he's never felt that draw toward the he stays away so no one notices. 

Blacque is a vampire who's slowly dying. He's too kind-hearted and hates to use glamour to find food. More times than not, he goes without and that, along with an unheard of case of insomnia, is catching up with him. Blacque has noticed and is worried about the vampire. He's also drawn to him, but normally vampires and wolf shifters don't mix....and he isn't aware that Bleu is gay too. 

When they realize each other's mutual attraction, they agree to a single weekend to hook-up. Bleu desperately needs the nourishment. Blacque desperately needs the physical connection. He's 34 years old and still a virgin. BUT they both know that there is NO WAY they can work long-term....the pack would NEVER agree to it. Unfortunately, for both of them, their hearts didn't get that memo. 

This book is sweet and sexy and truly entertaining. I love this town of Arcada that has its own mystical qualities to hold the people there that it wants to stay. I liked the layers of the pack politics and how they played into the story and relationship. It was interesting to hear Bleu's history from when he was a soldier in WWI when he was changed and the results from that. Both of these guys are in the closet, so it was interesting to watch how their family dynamics fell into the whole story....for both guys. 

I really enjoyed this book and as soon as I finished it, I went and grabbed the second in the series that just came out in December, Silver/Steel. I've already started features a dreamwalker and Blacque's half-brother. I think it's going to be just as good!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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