Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spirit Sanguine by Lou Harper

Title: Spirit Sanguine
Author: Lou Harper
My Rating: A-

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Harvey and Gabe
Release Date: April 2013
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Is that a wooden stake in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

After five years in eastern Europe using his unique, inborn skills to slay bloodsuckers, Gabe is back in his hometown Chicago and feeling adrift. Until he’s kidnapped by a young, sexy vampire who seems more interested in getting into his pants than biting into his neck.

Harvey Feng is one-half Chinese, one-hundred-percent vampire. He warns Gabe to stay out of the Windy City, but somehow he isn’t surprised when the young slayer winds up on his doorstep. And why shouldn’t Gabe be curious? A vegetarian vampire isn’t something one sees every day.

Against their better judgment, slayer and vampire succumb to temptation. But their affair attracts unexpected attention.

When Chicago’s Vampire Boss makes Gabe an offer he can’t refuse, the unlikely lovers are thrust into peril and mystery in the dark heart of the Windy City. Together they hunt for kidnappers, a killer preying on young humans, and vicious vampire junkies.

However, dealing with murderous humans and vampires alike is easy compared to figuring out if there’s more to their relationship than hot, kinky sex.

Warning: Fangalicious man-on-man action, a troublesome twink, cross-dressing vampiress, and role-playing involving a fedora.

My Review:
Lou Harper has a completely different style of writing books and I really like it. This book is actually broken up into three novellas, but they all follow the same characters, Gabe and Harvey, in their discovery of each other and the ins and outs of their new lives together. The first book covers when they meet and it's not an easy meeting.

Gabe is a born vampire hunter. He can sense them when they are about. He's spent the last five years in Europe getting trained by his uncle and slaying every vampire he runs across. He's just come back to Chicago when he runs across Harvey, a vampire. As he tries to slay Harvey, he soon realizes that he's unlike any vampire he's ever run across before. In Europe, the vampires are vicious, unstable creatures. Harvey's normal...even cute and Gabe soon realizes that he may have to readjust his thinking, especially after their first date. The two quickly realize that they really like each other.

Gabe soon learns that most American vampires are very different than what he's used to, and now he's trying to find a way to fit that into his lifestyle, since his last five years have been consumed with killing them. He quickly finds a solution through the Chicago Vamp Boss....

I loved both of these characters, but the first glimpses of Harvey were fabulous. He's a laidback (usually), really nice guy and he just doesn't get why Gabe is trying to kill him when Harvey's gone out of his way to keep him alive. I love how sarcastic and snarky he is at the same time as being really charming. I fell in love with him almost the minute he hit the page. He's just one of those characters that you love. I visualize him as a more effeminate of the pair with Gabe being the big alpha guy. But I loved that Harvey was the one you really had to worry about when his temper got going. The two of them were such a great pairing and it's so fun to read about them as they find their way through their relationship. Gabe required more of a transition over the course of the book and loved to be able to watch that. I love that by the end of the book, Harvey was absolutely his priority...even before he realized that was the case. My heart was melting for him by the end of the book.

Another great book by Lou Harper. She officially just made my auto-buy list of authors. BTW, for those of you a little tired of vampires...try this book, I think you will be really pleasantly surprised.

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

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