Ranch owner Quinn Pedraza has to find someone to run the saloon he won in a bet, but more than that, he needs a woman who can handle his alpha personality…and closet submissive sexual cravings. When vampire Selene Torres arrives on the scene, he gets everything he wants—and learns what he really needs.
Inside Scoop: Quinn’s BDSM journey is not for the faint of heart and includes extreme sexual situations and dubious consent, as well as male/male scenes.
A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Author: Desiree Holt, Joey W. Hill
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Branded by Lust, Beyond Addiction, Savage Lust, Naked Flame
Series: Vampire Queen #9.6
Published: August 15, 2014
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Paranormal Romance
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According to Goodreads, this is book 9.6 of the Vampire Queen series by Joey W. Hill. When I was offered this to review, I was given the publishers site to check it out and nowhere on that site was Vampire Queen mentioned. Although on my “to be read” list, I have yet had the opportunity to read The Vampire Queen series. It appears Nightfall takes place in the world of Vampire Queen, but it reads, mostly, like a stand-alone book.
Meet Quinn Pedreza. A former bull rider turned rancher with a small spread in central Texas. He perceives himself as all alpha male, and for the most part he his. He has won the After Hours Saloon in a card game and is trying to run both the ranch and the saloon. Little time for sleep with that kind of schedule.
Enter Selene Torres. A no nonsense bit of female the steps in and takes charge, very efficiently.
These two very alpha personalities come together, sparks fly, then some very interesting dynamics emerge. Not necessarily the expected dynamics. That is what made the story hold my interesting. The slightly different twists and turns and the unexpected.
When we first meet Selene, she comes across as uber strong willed, and confident. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. We quickly find out she is a vampire, and those are not unusual traits for a vampire. Then we learn some of her back story. Although the back story reinforces the strong will and confidence, we also find she was at the end of her rope and close to losing all hope. Not nearly the master of her world that we thought she was. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Selene for much of this story, because of this. Maybe this is where having read the series may have clued me in about how the politics in this world worked. I didn’t find out until the end of the story, so some of the decisions Selene was making didn’t make a lot of sense to me.
Quinn agreed with that opinion to a certain degree. He is, after all, a born and bred Texas alpha male. Things are supposed to be a certain way, and it was impossible for him to let some of this stuff go. I admired that he was able to be comfortable enough with himself to give up some control to his partner, but there is just some things a man can’t coup with. He had so much to learn. But, for the most part, he handled it well. I had to love him even more.
For a good portion of this story, I didn’t care for it. It wasn’t happy with the decisions being made or the explanations being given for those decisions. I felt the relationship between Quinn and Selene was unrealistic. However, once we got into the vampire politics of the world, it started making more sense to me. This may be where reading the series that came before may have been useful. But then again, if I had known that, would the end have been as much of a surprise or as interesting? I did like the ending. It made me cheer with renewed hope for this world.
I think I need to move the Vampire Queen series from my “to be read” pile to my “must read now” pile. Looks like a pretty good series. But, be warned, it also looks like it is dark and violent as Nightfall was.