Review: Spirit Sanguine by Lou Harper

May 8, 2013 Review 0

Review: Spirit Sanguine by Lou Harper

Is that a wooden stake in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

After five years in eastern Europe using his unique, inborn skills to slay bloodsuckers, Gabe is back in his hometown Chicago and feeling adrift. Until he’s kidnapped by a young, sexy vampire who seems more interested in getting into his pants than biting into his neck.

Harvey Feng is one-half Chinese, one-hundred-percent vampire. He warns Gabe to stay out of the Windy City, but somehow he isn’t surprised when the young slayer winds up on his doorstep. And why shouldn’t Gabe be curious? A vegetarian vampire isn’t something one sees every day.

Against their better judgment, slayer and vampire succumb to temptation. But their affair attracts unexpected attention.

When Chicago’s Vampire Boss makes Gabe an offer he can’t refuse, the unlikely lovers are thrust into peril and mystery in the dark heart of the Windy City. Together they hunt for kidnappers, a killer preying on young humans, and vicious vampire junkies.

However, dealing with murderous humans and vampires alike is easy compared to figuring out if there’s more to their relationship than hot, kinky sex.

Warning: Fangalicious man-on-man action, a troublesome twink, cross-dressing vampiress, and role-playing involving a fedora.

Title: Spirit Sanguin
Author: Lou Harper
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Secrets and Ink, Secrets and High Spirits
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Author
Published: April 30, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames

Spirit Sanguine by Lou Harper was a well-developed and written enigma of a book. Gabe is a vampire slayer who returned to his hometown of Chicago after being abroad for many years hunting vampires. Harvey is a vampire who stumbled upon Gabe and who Gabe slated to kill. Fortunately the stars were aligned and the slaying never took place. But, what did transpire was a beautiful and fruitful relationship between slayer and vampire.

The story was written in sections, seemingly giving the feel of smaller novelettes, but wove together the tales and adventures of Gabe and Harvey. Ms. Harper gave each man his own very distinct character and personality while still allowing their psyches to inner mingle. Gabe was stoic and strong, and although he never previously flourished in relationships, the author permitted him to grow and mature. Ms. Harper did not immediately deliver wine, roses and undying love, but a slow progression of trust, which clearly lent itself to love. By the end of the story, Gabe was not only in love with Harvey, but was completely devoted to him.

Harvey was a conundrum; a vegetarian vampire who found a soul mate in a slayer. Ms. Harper delivered exuberant personality when writing the character of Harvey. His sense of humor, his loyalty to friends and his love for Gabe all radiated through the tale.

The wit and gentle ease that was their relationship allowed me to believe they were real people whom I could meet at a party and enjoy idle chit chat, as opposed to a slayer and a vampire; a testament to Ms. Harper’s style of writing. She engaged the reader and made this reviewer feel a connection to the story and characters.

The secondary characters were well developed and added substance and clarity to the story. Spirit Sanguine delivered action, suspense, romance, and a bit of role playing with hot man sex. A must read.

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