Belinda McBride
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Loose-Id, LLC
Release Date
October 2010
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Lukas Blacque is a deeply closeted werewolf, and more than almost anything in life, he desires his neighbor, Oliver Bleu. Oliver is a vampire who is slowly dying from insomnia. More than anything, he needs Lukas Blacque and the rich blood that flows through his veins.

On the day that Blacque makes an important commitment to his family and pack, he succumbs to temptation and spends a passionate weekend with the alluring vampire. At sunset on Friday, it's all about urgent lust and the drive to lose his virginity. When the sun rises on Monday, lust has shifted to love and devotion. Will he be able to walk away? Will Bleu let him go?

In Blacque's world, vampires and werewolves make uneasy bedfellows, and a gay werewolf is an impossibility. In Bleu's world, all living creatures are little more than vessels for food and sex. But in the mysterious and magical town of Arcada, rules are broken and the unexpected is always waiting right around the corner. Can Blacque and Bleu survive long enough for Arcada's magic to work for them?

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Oct 26, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
256 people found the following review helpful
Lukas Blacque has lusted after his neighbor Oliver Bleu for years. The problem: he's a werewolf, and werewolves don't do "gay". What's worse, Oliver is a vampire and werewolves definitely don't do vampires. Oliver is a vampire who's slowly wasting away. He'd like nothing more than to have Lukas in his bed--except maybe to get some of his blood. A chance encounter at a bar leads the two men to each other and the nearest bed. But Lukas has responsibilities to his pack, and that means he can only give Oliver a weekend to explore their desires and lust. But by the end of the two days, both men discover that walking away isn't that easy. Add to that the fact that there is a danger lurking to destroy both men, will they be able to survive long enough to figure out how right they are for one another?

I really loved this story. It had the perfect mix of sex, suspense, action, love, and angst. It just had me going from the beginning. I didn't want to put it down because I had to know what happened next. I truly felt for Lukas. He was so torn between what he wanted and his responsibility to the pack that he didn't realize that it was making him isolated and withdrawn from the very people that he felt a responsibility to. Then add to that the fact that he now knows what it's like to be with Oliver, I just felt his misery. I wanted so badly for him to be able to have it all—the pack and the man. The desire between the two men was palpable. I felt like my Kindle might melt, they got so steamy. Then there was the plot, and there was so much there: pack dynamics, family issues, the past wreaking havoc on the present, not to the mention the sexuality issues.

The little town of Arcada where this all took place was wonderfully presented, and came to life right off the page. There were also some strong secondary characters that truly rounded out the story. The dialogue was very realistic and at times very funny, but stayed true to the characters. It also helped illustrate some differences in thirty-something Lukas and Oliver who was born in 1700's France. The ending was nicely wrapped up and left me feeling like love can conquer all.

All in all, I think that this story had it all. As I mentioned before, there were some really strong secondary characters, and I hoping that they get a chance to have their stories told as well. I really don't want this to be end of Arcada. If you like paranormal romance, hot men, great action, and happily-ever-afters, then Blacque/Bleu is definitely for you. This is the first book I've read by Belinda McBride, and I immediately thought, "What have I been missing?" I plan on finding out by reading more of her stuff as soon as possible.
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