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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Review - Forbidden & Once Bitten by Hope Welsh

Title: Forbidden & Once Bitten

Author: Hope Welsh

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

Coming soon from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid

Rating: You Want to Read

Reviewed By: Janelle

Forbidden: Sarah was disfigured by a fire while saving the life of a child, while the vampire, Devlin, watched helplessly. Through dreams, he has spent months coming to her, loving and making love to her. Finally, he comes to her in the night and tells her he can give her back her beauty—by making her a vampire—even though it’s forbidden.

Once Bitten: Hailey is on the rebound from “The Jerk.” High school chum Bennett offers her a ride home. Bennett is a vampire—a natural vampire. He can read minds and is pleased to discover that Hailey finds him attractive. He’s always had a crush on her. But what will happen when he reveals his true identity to her, and she discovers he’s much more than he seems?

This book is actually two interconnecting stories. They also display a wonderful example of Distinction without a Difference. While the names a scenery is changed, the overall story is all but identical. Both feature emotional vulnerable women and dominate men who happen to be vampires. Both men also have a penchant for spanking.

Now, I’m not one to throw stones about what gets others all warm and fuzzy inside. But the spanking in this story bothered me. Domestic Discipline should be a relationship between consenting adults. If one party is not consenting, it’s assault. And assault isn’t sexy. Ever.

The over arching plot that connects the two stories is weak and poorly thought out. It is hard to believe that a little pressure from mortal Hunters would send the immortal rulers of the night running for cover. The big bad guy appearing at the end, with no effort on the hero’s part, announcing his evil plan, and dying without a fight comes off as a last minute attempt to tie up the loose ends.

Then book isn’t bad. But it is far more concerned with getting the couples in bed multiple times the anything else. The sex is hot, and if that is what you are looking for, you will enjoy this book.

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