Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Blog Tour & Book Review: Blood Lovers by Jophrael L. Avario
by Jophrael L. Avario
M/M Paranormal Erotic Romance
Carnal Passions Publisher
Two men, one secret…a brand new life…
Abandoned to the streets of London as a teenager by homophobic parents, Tamir is rescued by the one person he needs to survive what he is. Vidar is a rich man, happy to offer the suicidal young man a sanctuary where no one can touch him.
Or so they think.
There is something different about Vidar, something that could mean trouble—or death—for both of them. Vidar is harbouring a secret that could destroy both them, and the world of safe havens they’ve created.
But flourishing in a love born of blood, suicide, hate and abandonment, will Tamir and Vidar’s relationship last across their forced separation? Or will their fierce dependency, when combined with the uncontrollable split, send them rocketing on a path that will lead only to their deaths?
Tamir is rescued from a suicide attempt by the enigmatic stranger, Vidar, and taken to recuperate at Vidar's secluded mansion. As Tamir recovers, he and Vidar become lovers and become lost in their own little world where the outside world doesn't exist. But things are strange at the mansion. The servants seem terrified of Vidar and not once has Tamir seen Vidar eat, only drink some very thick, red wine.
After twelve months of happiness, Vidar is arrested for kidnapping Tamir and Tamir is sent to a mental institution with everyone telling him that he has been brainwashed by his kidnapper. Despite their protests to the contrary, no one seems to listen that they were together because they wanted to be and the two lovers are torn from each other by well-meaning authorities. But Vidar isn't going to let a pesky thing like being in prison stop him from being with Tamir. His love might save Tamir, or it might just kill him.
I enjoyed this novella, it was an interesting tale well-told and I was gripped. It's quite fast-moving, but you don't feel anything has been skimped on, there is a complete story here and we get to know more about Tamir as the book progresses and there are little hints about Vidar's true nature throughout. Tamir and Vidar seem well-suited as lovers, Tamir has been on the streets and in despair for a while, he needs someone to look after him and Vidar fills that role well. The love scenes were hot and sensaul, although probably not for you if you don't like biting and blood play.
As I said, I did enjoy it but there were a couple of things that grated and took me right out of the story. It's set in Britain but there were a few Americanisms that didn't fit – such as teenagers out at night in a pick-up truck, we don't really have pick-up trucks and depending in the age of the teenagers, they wouldn't have been able to drive either, they would have to be seventeen or older. Also, a lot of use of the word 'ass' in love scenes. This is not the only American author I've read who's done this, but for a British set book it is very jarring.
As a fan of vampire movies and books, Tamir seemed very slow on the uptake as to what Vidar acutally was :) If you like vampires who don't sparkle and are portrayed as what they are – violent blood-drinkers, then this might be the book for you.
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