Review: Beyond the Poison Chalice by Helena Maeve

August 19, 2015 Review 0

Review: Beyond the Poison Chalice by Helena Maeve

Coveting the enemy is simply to die for.

Claudia Salizar has given blood, sweat and tears to the tenuous armistice between the factions that inhabit St. Louis. She rules the north side with an iron fist, striving to keep the peace between vampires, werewolves and humans no matter the cost. Stumbling across two mysterious intruders who may jeopardize everything she’s worked for is no small inconvenience.

The pair need safe passage out of the vampire quarter and they’re willing to negotiate. Claudia is immediately drawn to Silver, a human with an unusually delectable scent whose tantalizing touch brings her to the height of ecstasy. His taciturn companion is harder to crack, but Claudia has met her fair share of werewolves and giving herself to Lucan awakens desires she has too long suppressed.

Justice is soon the furthest thing from Claudia’s mind, but colluding with outsiders can have unforeseen ramifications. It’s not long before running Silver and Lucan out of town seems like the only sensible option. Time for Claudia to decide what she values more—her hard-won reputation or the two men in her bed?

Publisher's Note: This story has been previously released as part of the Wild After Dark anthology by Totally Bound Publishing.

Title: Beyond the Poison Chalice
Author: Helena Maeve
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Collision Course, Twice Upon a Blue Moon, A Smile as Sweet as Poison, Seat Sixty-Five
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Author
Published: August 18, 2015
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Menage
Pages: 58
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: four-half-flames
Bailey Bradford

When I’m asked what my favorite reads are the first thing I’m going to say is a exciting paranormal romance. It’s always about the fang and fur for me. That and it has to have a interesting twist. Something I haven’t read before is a added plus. Beyond the Poison Chalice met all my needs and then some.

The thing that really got me going with this story was Silver. Or better yet, it’s the concept of Silver and what someone has done to him; turning him into vampire catnip. It’s not like vamps aren’t already attracted to humans with the whole blood nom-nom thing, but to now make a human even more attractive to vamps, my mind is filled with images of vamps acting like my cats rolling all over the floor after partaking in the tasty treats. That probably wasn’t what the author intended but Claudia certainly has that kind of attraction for Silver. Now as for Lucan, he’s got a bit of bad boy in him as he watches Claudia and Silver get on with the catnip sexing. He isn’t just a watcher and does eventually join in on the fun.

But it isn’t all sex and frolicking her, Claudia is a badass vamp that guards her territory fiercely. I would have liked a bit more to the story, heck a full on novel would make me happy only to know the whys, what nots and the relationship building between Claudia, Lucan and Silver. If author Helena Maeve would turn this novella into a full story, I would not say not to the read. This is my first book by this author and I found Beyond the Poison Chalice a great introduction to her works. I’m ready to read more by her.


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