Eden Bradley
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Samhain Publishing
Release Date
September 2010
Book 2 of Midnight Playground
BDSM, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic, Vamps & Shifters Romance

An ancient vampire, an ancient grief…a love that makes his blood sing…

London, 2069

Aleron is ancient, powerful, immortal…a vampire who idles away his time playing at his favorite haunt, Midnight Playground. His favorite toys: beautiful young men. His game: BDSM, experiencing through the minds of his partners the sensations he can no longer quite feel himself.

The one thing he has vowed to avoid at all costs is love, especially for a woman. In a hundred years he has never been tempted to break that vow—until a lovely mortal woman enters his dungeon to watch him play. And his blood hums the ancient song of long-forgotten desire.

Raised in the Indian slums of London, exotic dancer Meeraj enters Midnight Playground a woman with nothing left to lose, numb to all but the most extreme forms of stimulation. As she watches Aleron's blood play, she knows only his razor-sharp skills will satisfy. And she catches an odd mental glimpse of the grief that shadows his heart.

From their first touch, they are caught up in a whirlwind of exquisite agony that releases their emotions from the weight of the past. Exposing them to risks they've both fought to avoid. Love…and loss.

Warning: Where to begin…? Sex with ancient vampires, sex with hot young men. Spanking, bondage, whips and chains. Biting, stroking, blood and pain. Grief and fear and love again…Hallelujah and amen!

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Oct 24, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
231 people found the following review helpful
Aleron is a centuries old vampire who likes to hang out in a vampire BDSM club called Midnight Playground. It's London in the year 2069, and he feels like he's seen it all. He's also suffered a great loss. So now he spends his time with willing male submissives and gets into their heads so that he can experience the pleasure-pain, a sensation that he personally can no longer feel, through their eyes. He doesn't take women subs because they have emotion, and that's something that he just doesn't want to deal with...until she walks into the club.

Meeraj is a tough, street-wise stripper who has lost everyone important to her. She's always in control in her life because she doesn't have anyone else to depend on. Though she doesn't have to be in control in the BDSM clubs, she's never been able to give up total control. She has always wanted to be taken by a vampire, so she decides to go to Midnight Playground to see what she can experience under one of those immortal's cool hands.

When she walks in the club, she sees Aleron and she's immediately drawn to his striking blue gaze. She wants to submit to him, give him all the power to do what he wants with her body. Aleron wants nothing more than to take her, and when he does, he experiences a pleasure that should not exist between human and vampire. He doesn't know why it happens but he knows he never wants to let this woman go, and she's content to stay with him. But how do an immortal and a human have forever?

This novella is highly sensual. There is a lot of BDSM play in it, although it is not hardcore. There is m/m interaction as well as m/f interaction, some m/m/f interaction as well. Under all of the sex and bondage and domination is a romance between an unlikely couple who turns out to be just about perfect for each other. There is a lot of erotic sex play that keeps you tantalized throughout the story, and has you begging for more. And the story, although short, is well developed. We get a lot of background of the characters without getting bogged down in the back-story.

This is a continuation of a series, and although I didn't read the first book in the series, I really didn't feel like I was missing any integral part of the story. I know that the author alluded to characters in the first book, but gave enough explanations to keep those new to the series in the loop with what happened in the first book as it pertained to this story. This is a quick read, but highly enjoyable. If you like paranormal romance and BDSM, this is definitely for you. I for one am going to pick up the first book in the series, The Seeking Kiss, to get more of this world that Eden Bradley so wonderfully created.
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