Title: Reclaiming (Immortal Ink: Book One)
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 180 Pages
Category: Paranormal, BDSM, Erotica
At a Glance: An interesting premise that was good, but took some time to get into.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: Beau thought Aaron was dead to him… Imagine his surprise when his former lover slinks into his tattoo shop.
Six months ago vampire Beaudelaire Delacourte had it all. As a tattoo artist, he used his special ink and spells to permanently tattoo other immortals and spent countless hours feeding and indulging in BDSM with his human lover, Aaron. Then he asked to turn Aaron so his lover could join him permanently, but Aaron refused, not willing to give up his humanity. Since then, Beau has kept his head down and stayed in his shop, only interacting with the clients who come for his special brand of ink.
When Aaron shows up on his doorstep, half-dead and apologizing, Beau is shocked to learn that his boy was turned at the vampire club they used to frequent by Stephen, another vampire. Not only was Aaron turned, but his chest was torn open, his fangs were broken and he was left in an alley to die. Spurred by the need to see Beau one last time, Aaron has been hiding in an abandoned building until he found the strength to make it to Beau’s shop.
Beau takes in his boy again, promising that Aaron will earn his place back in Beau’s bed, and vowing that he will take revenge on Stephen. Unbeknownst to Beau, Aaron is only the first in a long line of humans who Stephen has created then turned out to fend for themselves. As Beau discovers this is only one of the old rules that Stephen has broken, he and Aaron are drawn into a web of intrigue that can only end in someone’s death.
Reader Advisory: This books contains severe biting and bloodplay during sex between vampires. There is also a scene of fisting and some scenes of violence.
Review: First, a warning to readers. This book is not for the faint of heart. If you are not into violent stories or messy sex between vampires, then this is not the book for you. However, if you do like those things, and you enjoy novels that are erotic in nature, then you have come to the right place.
Sean Michael is well known for his more erotic novels, and this one is no exception. The premise of the novel intrigued me, and I wanted to know more about Beau and Aaron. The blurb was interesting to me, so I bit.
The first part of the book was difficult to get into. I didn’t care for Aaron, didn’t care what happened to him, to be honest, and I wasn’t sure I really liked Beau, either. It took me longer than usual to read the book because I just could not back the characters. I think this could have been solved—for me at least—with something before the first chapter. The back-blurb states what their relationship was like, and I wanted to see that before the start of the story. However, after giving it a chance and pushing on, I ended up liking the book well enough. A lot of the book is sex and the story kind of works around it, but if you’re looking for an erotic read, then this would be good for you.
While initially I didn’t care for Aaron or Beau, they did begin to grow on me as the new dynamics of their relationship settled in. While Aaron had been human before, now that he is a vampire, it opens up new avenues for them, things they can explore together. Add in the drama with Stephen and his breaking the old rules, and things get a little more interesting.
There is supposed to be a second in the series. I’m not sure if I will read it, to be honest. It all depends on how I feel when the book comes out and what the premise is. I really did want to love this book, and while I did like it, it was just that. It was a good story with hot sex, don’t get me wrong, but I felt like it could have been much more.
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