Thursday, January 27, 2011

Review: Hunger Aroused

Reviewed by Jen
Wow. This book was hot.  Really. Really. Hot.

Jasmine is a nurse who is transitioning into a vampire.  She wasn’t turned in the traditional way, with biting and blood sucking. Rather, she was infected by a tainted needle and has no idea what is going on.  That is, until she has the (mis)fortune of running into Corin on the street. He is an executioner for the Vampire Council. It is his job to eradicate fledglings and punish their sires for unauthorized turnings.  He can smell the scent of transition all over Jasmine.

He follows her home, planning to kill her. But he is unexpectedly drawn to her.  He eases the torment of her changing body with sexual healing.  And before he knows what hit him, he feels more compelled to protect her than kill her.  The two go on the run from the council, growing more tied to each other with every passing minute.  Can they escape Jasmine’s death sentence? And beyond that, can Corin escape his brutal, tortured past?

Corin’s transition was centuries ago, following his life as a gladiator. He was subjected to torture and other atrocities to make him submit to his sire.  I understand why this is part of the story. It gives us insight into why Corin is so determined to defend rules for how humans are turned.  However, the flashbacks are stark and disturbing. They pulled me out of our couple’s erotic love story and their fight for their future. Of course, it also makes Corin very sympathetic –and you can’t help but want him to finally find happiness.

The story moves quickly and there are plenty of steamy sex scenes.  So if you are looking for a hot vampire story and you’re prepared to be a little disturbed in order to get to the HEA, this one is worth a read. 4 stars.

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