Expected Release Date: June 26, 2014
Publisher: Red Hot Publishing
Author’s Website: http://www.cjellisson.com
My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, VV Inn Series
Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Rape/Dubious Consent, Shifting POVs
Vivian thinks she can control every aspect of a deadly game with her usual manipulations… but what if she can’t?
Seven vampires and seven werewolves pay to hunt a supernatural criminal across the cold, vast grounds of an Alaskan resort. The one to catch her, and live through the encounter, will increase their power by feasting on hers.
The tiny vampire they track is more than she appears, however. To escape a fate of twelve years in silver chains, she’ll do anything to survive the weeklong excursion. This time, the darkness holds more than just the stinging bite of the Arctic–it holds death.
Journey along, in this next installment of the V V Inn series, for a wild ride as the tale is told through the eyes of all the new seethe members.
Warning: This series contains explicit sex and is intended for readers over 18.
Though this book can be read as a standalone, I admit that at first it was a little hard to keep up with the sheer number of characters, especially since the first person POV kept shifting between the different characters throughout the story. I think I would have fared slightly better had I read the first installment in the series, but even so, by about halfway through, it was fairly easy to keep up.
My biggest problem actually stemmed from the somewhat cavalier attitude to something that happened to one of the male characters fairly early in the story. Had it happened to a female, I felt that everyone would have been outraged, and yet at the time that it happened, it seemed that everyone was quite prepared to just brush it aside as though it were nothing. This bothered me so much that at the time, I almost stopped reading. I’m glad that I didn’t, however, as it was addressed later on, and much to my satisfaction.
To be honest, the one thing that held me back a bit was the overwhelming amount of sex in the book. I think I went into this story expecting a paranormal romance, but instead, this book firmly falls into the genre of a more lighthearted erotica. Everyone seems to be having a lot of sex with everyone else, and romance doesn’t always seem to be a prerequisite, nor does a Happily Ever After seem to be a requirement, which was a bit of a disappointment to this romance addict.
That said, there’s no denying that the love scenes are hot, and while the shifting POV’s were distracting a first, the final quarter of the book was actually the best for me. That was where the main storyline with the rogue vampire got settled, as well as a very satisfying resolution to a bit of the storyline that had plagued me from very early on.
Overall, this was a fun, sexy paranormal romp, perfect for when you’re in the mood for quite a bit of no-strings-attached sex thrown in with a bit of intrigue and action along side.
About the Author
C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, three dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze.
Unlike most full-time authors, she’s also battling severe chronic illness. C.J. works daily to put her Lupus into remission and continues to fight numerous bacterial infections while her immune system slowly attacks her body. She turned to writing when she could no longer work outside the home and claims the escape of penning contemporary fantasy, erotica, and erotic romance has helped save her sanity.