- Total E Bound
- Release Date
- July 2013
- Book 1 of Dark Love
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance
Bookworm David knows the difference between fantasy and reality...until he meets Alex.
Orphan and loner David Greene has always found solace in the dark romance written by his great-grandmother. The book and a crumbling old house on the edge of town are all that remains of his ancestry and the family he never knew. But when David meets Alex, the new owner of the house, his world spins out of control.
Alex is every bit of man and mystery David could have conjured in his wildest erotic dreams, and he is drawn into a strange romance where weirdness becomes the norm. He even begins to sense the spirit of Vincent, the novel's mysterious anti-hero, who issues a warning about the dangers of involving himself with Alex.
As Alex begins to manoeuvre and manipulate David's empty life, the question soon becomes not who is Alex, but what is Alex? And once the truth is out David discovers that the fictional world of his great-grandmother's novel was never quite so fictional after all.
Jul 30, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
148 people found the following review helpful
I have to say I really enjoyed this story. I'm a sucker for vampires and innocent young men being sucked into their world.
David Greene is an orphan, with a very colourful family history and a wonderful legacy in an old house which unfortunately is no longer in the family. His great-grandmother, a writer, died giving birth to her child in that house. He's feeling a little lost and down and decides to treat himself to a good read and a coffee in a local cafe. And that's when he meets Alex. Gorgeous with blue eyes, Alex seems to have taken a real shine to David and for the life of him, he can't figure out why. He's nothing special, ordinary, boring. Alex seems exciting and very sexy.
The conversation becomes a little surreal, especially when David notices no one seems to see Alex. It's all very confusing. Even more confusing is that David truly believes he's a straight man and the feelings he's having towards Alex are definitely not heterosexual ones.
A tremor of unexpected heat tickled in David's underpants. He did his best to ignore the sensation...
Alex convinces David to go back to his house and it's no surprise that it's David's old family home. There, Alex sets out to seduce David and the young man falls head first into lust and love.
I enjoyed this story because it had an underlying tale of family history, hidden secrets, and the supernatural. I liked the way David got to know more about his history, who his ancestors were and got drawn into a world that he'd only ever imagined in one of the many books he read.
Ash Penn creates believable hot and sexy characters and even more in her portrayal of the mysterious Vincent. Her sex scenes are hot and spicy, slow dances of eroticism which reach out and touch you where you can feel it. One wishes one had an Alex of their own. I have to say I didn't like the annoying Gem, David's friend, finding her selfish and a real pain in the backside. She really took advantage of his good nature. I wasn't too fond of the little girl either...perhaps going the same way as her mother.
But this is what a good book is all about--creating characters a reader either loves or hates and making them feel emotional. I loved the character of David, going from a shy, sexually inexperienced young man to...well, a young man who definitely becomes more aware of his sexuality and the control he has over others who desire him, to a rather surprising turn of events at the end which I won't spoil for you.
I recommend this book as a good, hot, entertaining read.
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