- Decadent Publishing
- Release Date
- May 2015
- Book 1 of Beyond Fairytales (Shadow World)
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance
In the Shadow World, nothing is as it seems.
Detective Sydney Marr is having a very bad day. Her boss is on the warpath, she's being treated for a werewolf bite, and her current case has hit a dead end. When her friend Erika talks Syd into going with her to Club Beam, she jumps at the chance, even if it means spending an evening without her spell arsenal. A high-class vampire bar and fetish club, Club Beam is fantasy made real.
Club owner and Dom Gideon Raines spies the red-haired beauty and is transfixed. A fight against a skillful murderer brings war for fae and vampire alike. Sometimes when you play with monsters, the monsters play back.
Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Jan 21, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
136 people found the following review helpful
A witch trying to solve a case. A vampire with some fun fetishes who wants to catch the killer too. Can these two work together to keep the magical community safe? One thing for sure, they can have fun trying.
Sometimes you just can't win for losing and Sydney is experiencing that for sure. First, she gets bitten and has to take her meds and pray she won't become a werewolf. She can't make any progress on the case she is working on and her partner is recovering from his injuries and out of reach. She gets an opportunity to visit a vampire club that might have just the information she is looking for but she will be without her weapons and on her own. Those risks place her closer and closer to death but also bring her to the attention of a gorgeous vampire named Gideon Raines who just might be worth it all.
Sydney is a witch with style and skills, and I enjoyed her brash, confident, and sassy manner. She takes on issues head on and is the kind of woman that asks for forgiveness after rather than permission first. Sydney really cares about others and is a protector by nature so the role of detective fits her well. After the initial introduction and action, there is an abrupt kind of stop to where it seemed to be going.
Gideon is a vampire with style and a good match for Sydney. In addition to being a vampire club, his club also caters to those with fetishes. There is a hint of a situation that Gideon was involved in that has kept him from participating in the services behind the red door lately but the author does not reveal more. He definitely is attracted to Sydney and it seems like she reawakens those desires. We really don't get to learn a lot about him and spend as much time with him and Sydney as I would have liked.
I expected more interactions between Sydney and Gideon and was disappointed. They spend more time thinking and talking about the other rather than being with each other. I wanted to see them explore the club and all its offerings. It is a very short story and I would have enjoyed it more if the author had found more opportunities to bring them together. Without getting into any spoilers, there was a time period where he easily could have been there with her but for some reason the author kept them apart.
It is a short story and pretty quick read that immerses you in the action right away. I really enjoyed the characters and would have liked to spend more time with them. I think there is a great deal more the author could do with the characters and hope for a longer sequel. Sydney and Gideon deserve some more time together to explore all those desires.
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