*This title will be released on May 29, 2012*
Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city’s magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal world…one who knows nothing of the power she wields.
Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her.
What Arturo can’t do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself.
But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red. Welcome to Vamp City…
I get so irritated by characters who huff and puff, threaten to take whatever they want whenever they want, and whisper terrifying things about themselves only to never follow through. Too many of them are all talk. In Pamela Palmer’s A BLOOD SEDUCTION, the first book in the new Vamp City paranormal romance series, we get Arturo. Finally a love interest who walks the line between hero and villain.
Arturo is a vampire who rescues Quinn from another vampire when she unwittingly stumbles into Vamp City. But instead of rescuing her for noble purposes, he takes her back to his mansion, ties her to his bed and proceeds to make good on all his threats. He stokes her fear higher and higher. Biting her, touching her, and laying out exactly what he intends to do to her: Make her one of his blood and sex slaves. He never apologizes for being a vampire, nor having the appetites that he has. He’s harsh and dismissive of her situation.
Of course, in addition to being a delicious villain, he does reveal his hero side too (although only when it helps him). In his very limited way, he grows to care for Quinn, but he never completely sheds his ruthless ways, at least not in A BLOOD SEDUCTION. If Quinn wants or needs something, he demands a price for his help. He lies, he betrays, and sympathy is not an emotion he experiences. He reminded me of a mix between Eric Northam from the Sookie Stackhouse series and Jericho Barrons from the Fever series.
Without going into too much detail, the worldbuilding is super cool. A vampire city created by magic centuries ago for vampires to live openly. No sun, no rules, no mercy. Humans are caught and sold at slave auctions. Vampires feed on more than just blood. Some, like Arturo, feed on fear, other feed on pain. There are some very disturbing, but thankfully brief and without description, scenes with a pain feeder that mention horrifying torture devices that are of a sexual nature.
Overall, A BLOOD SEDUCTION was an excellent read. Unique worldbuilding, truly evil vampires as well as ones who dance with villainy and heroism. Strong characters, and a great setup for future installments. The next Vamp City book will be released in 2013. I’m already looking forward to it.
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