Spirit Sanguine

Lou Harper
Spirit Sanguine
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Samhain Publishing LLC
Release Date
April 2014
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, Vamps & Shifters Romance

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.

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author)
May 21, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
205 people found the following review helpful
I just loved this book. It's been awhile since I chuckled my way through a really good story with a couple of really mismatched men who seemed to make the sparks fly between them. It was a real tongue-in-cheek look at the world of Vampires and Slayers and was original, funny and a very entertaining read.

When Gabe heads out one warm Chicago night on a bit of a pub crawl, he has no idea he's going to meet his love nemesis. Or rather, his nemesis is going to kidnap him. Gabe is drugged by a dart and when he opens his eyes, he sees Harvey. Beautiful, Asian, sexy and downright so not what he expects. I mean how many vampires have you heard tell a slayer 'Don't be a grumpy pants', or call him 'a single-minded moron with the mental capacity of a charging rhino?'

Harvey is just a little camp, as dangerous as hell, but has a real yen for the tough slayer. He's also mostly vegetarian.

And so the story sets off at a fast-paced romp from Harvey and Gabe teaming together to find a friend of Harvey's called Dill, who's been kidnapped. It starts a chain of events that leads to Gabe taking on a job with a powerful vampire. And from there, the fun simply multiplies.

I have to say Lou Harper can tell a great story. Her dialogue is fast-paced and natural, the characters of Harvey and Gabe, Dill, Stan and Ray are just so likeable and lovable, they make you wish they were real and you could have a set of your own. The story is so different than the usual Vamp/Slayer relationship and it races along, keeping you amused and absorbed the whole way through.

This writer has a wicked imagination and a deep dark sense of humour. I love the way the relationship between Gabe and Harvey develops, two mortal enemies finally realising that they're crazy about each other, and despite their differences in age, humanity or lack of it, and outlook, they were simply meant to be together.

I found the bit with the sexy role play where Gabe pretends to be Jack Bauer and Harvey his 'unfortunate' captive who's about to be interrogated extremely amusing. It had me rolling around the floor in laughter.

"Where's the bomb?" Gabe growled. He remembered Jack Bauer looking for bombs a lot.

Harvey gave him a defiant glare. "In my pants."
You can just guess how that finished up. The scene may sound comical but believe me, you get hot under the collar with the incendiary sex scenes.

I enjoyed this so much I went out and bought another of Lou Harper's books, Last Stop, which I enjoyed as well. But that's a review for another day.

I'd definitely recommend SPIRIT SANGUINE to anyone wanting a hot, sexy, camp Vamp and a rough, tough, trying to be macho Slayer. Meet Harvey and Gabe for yourselves. You'll love them.
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