Rating: 4 stars
Ellie is a Guardian. And she has been tasked to go to Dallas, the source of the witch sickness before it mutates beyond the cure her sister just found. She is tired from her recent bout with the sickness but can’t afford to show weakness so she gears up to go. But the Coven is sending the two males she has been avoiding, Lucien, the Vampire Lord, and his shifter bodyguard, Rory. With nowhere else to run, will Ellie allow the changes she knows both men will bring to her life?
Night Blind by D. R. Slaten was a well-crafted story. Although not strictly listed as a series, you will better understand the back story having read Farseen first. Ellie is a strong witch but as Guardian she can’t afford to show weakness. Rory and Lucien draw her magic without even trying. She finds herself fighting for control of her magic when she is in their presence. But for all her strength both men call to her in a way that allows her submissive desires free rein. Accepting them may be inevitable but she isn’t sure she will like it. Lucien has wanted Rory for as long as he has known him, but Rory isn’t comfortable with the attraction so Lucien lets it go. But Ellie isn’t one to allow a big white elephant to remain between them, and with her bonding, she helps Rory understand he may be fighting the wrong battle. As her men become comfortable with their attraction, Ellie finds a kink she didn’t know she had.
I enjoyed how the author wove these three into a strong and solid whole. They fit. While the interaction between them was quick, you understood why and it felt real and believable. I enjoyed the interplay between the characters and thought it was well written. While I found the ending of this story abrupt, I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Night Blind by D.R. Slaten
Series: OtherKind Prequel, Part 2 Published by Totally Bound
on April 25, 2014
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Menage
The second part of the OtherKind prequel is a thrilling and intriguing erotic paranormal romance. Ellie is being sent to Dallas on a mission along with Vampire Lord Lucien and his bodyguard shifter Rory. She’s told if they don’t form a triad she will fail. Together they must navigate their new triad while locating and destroying the source of the witch sickness.
This fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers on their toes with suspense, action and romance. The author uses well written descriptions and details to paint vivid images that capture the imagination and the fight scene is well orchestrated and believable. The strong compelling characters are easily understood and along with the fascinating world inspire curiosity and have the reader wanting to know more.
The attraction between Ellie and her two men explodes from the pages in fiery heat and the frequent sex scenes scorch the reader with red hot intensity including menage MFM scenes anal sex and some m/m interaction. Add the magical power part of the attraction and the romance becomes a combustible inferno that consumes the triad and stimulates the senses.
I haven’t read the first part of the prequel, but I will be remedying and waiting on pins and needles for more of this captivating world. While I enjoyed this quick read, I found it to be a tease and I really want to know more about it and the characters as this new series promises lots of future entertaining possibilities.
As Lucien, Rory, and Ellie navigate the intricacies of a full triad, including one man new to man-love, they also have to seek and destroy the source of the sickness afflicting witches.
Every Vampire Lord needs a shifter bodyguard. Rory has been Lucien’s for a while now. And although Rory’s been protecting Lucien’s body, Lucien has been just plain lusting after Rory. Unfortunately, Rory’s been rebuffing Lucien’s advances. That is, until Ellie comes along with her witchy bad self. The Witch Council is sending her to Dallas in her capacity as Enforcer. And to make matters more interesting, they’re also sending Lucien and Rory.
Ellie’s mission is to find and destroy the source of the witch sickness. Along the way, she uncovers Rory’s reason for hesitating in accepting Lucien’s advances. Rory’s never been with a man before. As a result, Rory and his wolf are confused when Lucien comes on to him. But with Ellie’s help, Rory’s not confused anymore. Now, what happens in Dallas… Well, it’s not going to stay in Dallas.
As Lucien, Rory, and Ellie navigate the intricacies of a full triad, they also have to navigate the treacherous home of the Dallas Vampire Lord during the winter solstice. Because something is rotten. And Ellie’s pretty sure it’s the Dallas Vampire Lord.
*Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of ménage and anal sex.
**Publisher’s Note: This book is best read after Farseen.
“Get the fuck out of my way,” she snarled at the bloodsucking asshole who had stepped in her path.
Christ, she hadn’t signed on for this. She needed to find who she was looking for then get the fuck out of this pit. Before she did something stupid. Like taking out a bitch not on her kill list.
Blood dens were a crap shoot at the best of times. Some were all about the sex. Drawing humans with the lure of the best sex they would ever have in exchange for a little blood during the act. In well-run dens, most of the humans were left alive, and mostly intact. This one was all about exploitation, however. So not a good time for her. She wouldn’t be surprised if some of the humans here, who had signed the liability waiver, didn’t end up dead in this joint.
What flowed through her veins called to vampires. Her blood was sweet and it smelled that way. Almost like catnip for bloodsuckers. But more than that, hers was strong. Given the choice, most of the vamps in the den would have opened her vein and drained her dry—with or without a liability waiver.
Initially, it was her sword holding them back. As well it should. She wasn’t carrying it for looks. It was for killing. And everyone who saw her and saw it, knew it. In a race of killers, her blade was well respected.
Most of the vamps, even in the throes of blood glut, got out of her way. Self-preservation was a miraculous thing. As high as they were, they still knew death’s scent. Permanent death, not the kind that made vampires. The kind that sent them over to the other side. For good.
She felt the power of an older undead before she saw him. Not too strong, but still old. There was enough power in the approaching blood drinker to be the one to run this place. The power signature pressed closer and closer.
“Morrie,” she greeted him, even though she couldn’t see him.
He was approaching her from behind. It was done on purpose. To check her blind spot. Now he knew. They all did.
“Lady,” he gave her the respect of her title. Smart man.
Even if his obeisance came after he had felt how much more powerful she was, she didn’t comment on the hesitation in his greeting. Mostly it was the magic in her sword. But she wasn’t without natural power. She was a witch, after all. Her goddess’s arm of justice. Maybe not as strong as Ellie. But Ellie’s talent lay in healing. Hers lay in enforcing the laws and hunting down those who broke them. Witch rogues, vampire rogues, shape-shifter rogues, elven rogues. All of them. If they broke the law and stepped beyond redemption, she hunted them down and killed them.
She was on the hunt tonight.
“There’s a diseased vamp in here, Morrie. Find him. Bring him to me and I’ll leave the place standing,” she ordered.
“Don’t know what you’re talking ‘bout, Enforcer,” Morrie shot back.
“Morrie, I’ve been chasing this bastard all over town. I followed him here. I can feel him in here. Find him, bring him to me before I tear this fucking place apart trying to find him myself.” She knew he was lying. He knew she knew he was lying.
Time to find out why he was lying later. Right now, she had other things to do.
Morrie looked set to argue with her again. She let some of her magic out. Electricity started sparking from her body. Morrie’s eyes got big. He took a step back, throwing up his hands in supplication.
“If you don’t bring him to me immediately, I will burn this den down,” she said. Her sight developed a slight film as her power filled her. “You make me burn this place down, I’ll do it with everyone inside. Then it’ll be known that you were harboring a rogue and refused to give him to me. You won’t be well liked, Morrie. I won’t even have to hunt you down myself. Your lord will do it for me.”
“Yes, Lady.” Morrie scurried off to do her bidding. “I shall endeavor to find the one you seek immediately.”