Book Reviews

Bed and Breakfast (Bloodkin 1) by Scarlet Hyacinth at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Vampires / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 31-January-2013

Book Blurb

Marlais "Moss" Hayden is a young man struggling to survive after being sent away by his impoverished family. A want ad falls into his hands, advertising a position for "bed and breakfast." When he looks into it, Moss realizes the job is to provide sex and blood to kin lord Vane Bloodmoor.

In his capacity as a kin lord, Vane works to control the bloodkin from killing humans during feeding. His life's motto is to always keep control and not lose himself to his instincts. But Moss awakens unfamiliar feelings inside Vane. Intrigued, he offers Moss a job as a secretary and blood donor. Moss is unable to refuse or the resist the bloodkin's allure.

But there are more powerful forces at work. Vane and Moss soon find themselves thrust in a political plot that threatens to destabilize the world order as they know it. Faced with impossible odds, can the fragile bond survive?

Note: This book was previously published with another publisher and has been extensively revised and expanded.

Book Review

As a start to a new series, with a world where vampires and elves are sworn enemies, and political machinations threaten to demote humans to a source for food, this book is great. As a story about two very different men who stubbornly refuse to give in to what they really want because they think they have to fight what others might think, I have to say I loved it. And the touch of humor, which undeniably makes an appearance more than once, just made this a joy for me to read. I mean, calling an employee "bed and breakfast" because he supplies, well, services in bed and is a source of blood for a vampire? Too funny!

Moss is naïve, inexperienced, totally lost when his father sends him away because he cannot afford to feed him anymore, and ends up being robbed of the last money he has. He needs a job, but refuses to sell his body. Lucky for him, he runs into an "honest" vampire, one of their internal law enforcers who will actually abide by the contract they make: no bed, just services as a secretary and breakfast – giving blood to Vane. If Moss had run into anyone else, he'd be in even deeper trouble than he is. He is physically interested in Vane from the very beginning, but thinks he has to fight the attraction based on moral standards that aren't even his own. Luckily, he manages to get to know Vane from a slightly different side, and that opens up new possibilities.

Vane is the total opposite of Moss. He is a vampire lord, in charge of keeping the Covenant. It is somewhat mysterious, but basically designed to keep vampire cruelty to a minimum and to protect humans from being killed for sport. Vane holds himself to the highest standards, and will not give in to his physical need for dominating Moss. He also doesn’t believe vampires can love, or can have mates, for that matter. He was very hard for me to like in the beginning, even though his logic made sense. The application of those principles and his way of communicating (or not!) was what annoyed me. But he learns, and listens to Moss, to a degree, and that helped him grow.

If you like vampire stories with a difference, if you enjoy reading about two men who each think they have the moral high ground but all they do is lose out on the love they could share, and if you’re looking for a hot read set in a world that is as fantastical as it is scary, you will probably enjoy this book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 203 pages/61738 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-January-2013
Price $5.99 ebook
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