Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Length: 107 pages
At a Glance: For fans of the series, this story holds no real surprises, but is a pleasant read about another vampire finding his beloved in a least expected place.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: The vampire Vadim Kuznetsov has watched every member of his family find their beloveds–the other halves of their souls. Some were able to connect fairly easily, while others had a rocky road. They are all now happy, though. Vadim wants that for himself, but fears it as well. He’s a big man, and his anatomy is even bigger. So big that some lovers have even complained. What if he hurts his beloved? Joining his family at a restaurant, Vadim’s worst fears are realized. He meets his beloved, the human Kendrick, who turns out to be a small, slender twink. The boisterous human is straightforward with his interest, but Vadim’s concerns hold him back.
Review: Vadim Kuznetsov is the computer guy for his coven, led by his brother Borscht, and he’s one of the last of his family to find his beloved. He’s jealous, yes, but also worried. It seems that Vadim is a big guy—everywhere—and this has caused issues for his lovers in the past.
When out for a birthday dinner with his family, he discovers that his beloved is a beautiful, slender young human, Kendrick, who is a waiter at the restaurant that has been chosen for the celebration. Vadim has a hard time not pouncing on Kendrick, and when he becomes so aroused, he excuses himself to the men’s room. Kendrick becomes alarmed that somehow he’s offended the stunning big guy, but when he goes to check on him, they end up acting on their attraction.
But, of course, there is complication beyond Vadim’s concern that he will physically hurt Kendrick, and this one is another big one—turns out Kendrick’s closeted ex isn’t so willing to let Kendrick go. And, his plans do not include letting Vadim into the picture. When Vadim gets involved in protecting Kendrick, there is more than one danger to deal with.
While I liked these two characters, I would have liked more of them together, and a bit more fleshing out of the story. Obviously, by now, I know what to expect from these stories, and getting Vadim and Kendrick together follows the set pattern. That aside, I hope that we see more of them in future stories and they get to contribute to the overall story arc. For fans of the series, this story holds no real surprises, but is a pleasant read about another vampire finding his beloved in a least expected place.
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