Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Temper Sanguine by Lou Harper

Title: Temper Sanguine
Author: Lou Harper
My Rating: B

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: Sanguine #2
Main Characters: Gabe and Harvey
Release Date: June 2014
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
"One bite won t kill you. Unless it does. "

Gabe Vadas's slayer ancestors would be spinning in their graves if they knew that not only is his boss a vampire, so is his lover. But that lover, Harvey Feng, is cooking something up in his lab that he seems reluctant to disclose.

The secrets they keep from each other and the nightmares they share are driving a wedge between them.

Harvey fell off the vegetarian wagon with one taste of his lover s blood. Except recently it s been having some unusual and disturbing side effects. And he fears their connection has awakened something dark and dangerous.

Sent to New York City to help the new top vamp clean up the mess the old one left behind, Gabe finds more than a few stray feral vampires. A doctor with a dubious history is hell-bent on creating a new race of unkillable bloodsuckers.

The investigation takes Gabe and Harvey across an ocean, and deep into the past. Where they discover demons that have the power to reach across the centuries to destroy them both.

Warning: Contains a tasty Hungarian goulash of dirty boys doing dirty things, bilingual dirty talk, evil scientists, shifty-eyed lab assistants, fun with lab rats, and smexy times in romantic Old Europe. "Jo etvagyat!

My Review:
*sigh* I do love Gabe and Harvey together. This is the second book for the vampire and the slayer duo and I liked getting to see more of them. This time they are on another quest for Augustine...trying to track down an evil, elusive vampire who's up to no good. The quest takes them to NYC and overseas and they meet quite a few other interesting characters along the way. 

There were details in this that I loved:
*I loved finding out exactly why Gabe and Harvey are so connected...that was really cool. 
*The new concoction that Harvey has created had some interesting twists although I have to agree with him over Gabe's "creative" use of it. So not cool. 
*I also really like how they've settled into their roles with each other and working together. It goes beyond being lovers...they are truly partners and work well together so it was fun to watch them operate especially in that final climactic scene. 

That being said, this book wasn't quite as suspenseful as I'd hoped. There's a bit of action, but the sense of danger and "need to get to the end right now to see what happens" just wasn't there for me. It was a pleasant read, but I can't see myself re-reading it again. I do enjoy these two characters and the interesting dichotomy they have. There still seems to be something "different" about Harvey's vampirism and it will be interesting to see if the author explores it more and if there are further books to come. 

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

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