Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Don’t Drink the Holy Water by Bailey Bradford

Being left for dead sure has a way of changing a man.

All West wanted was one night of fun. He’d taken on the responsibility of raising his younger siblings after their parents died, had done so out of love, but he was a young man and he just wanted a chance to live like one for a few hours.

It almost cost him his life. It certainly meant his life was changed forever, and along with his life, the lives of his siblings. They were all exposed to a secret world they’d never known existed. Vampires.

Human children living alongside vampires…seemed unusual. Claude, the coven leader who saved West and his brothers and sisters, doesn’t have accommodations for kids. He finds one coven in the country that does, and sets about making a home there for West and his family. Before he sends West away, West meets an intriguing man, Axel, whom he encounters again months later. The attraction between them is strong, but there is more to consider than just how sexy Axel is.

Nothing in life is easy, whether you’re a vampire or a human.

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to sexual assault and violence.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released on the author's blog.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

If you read Sunshine is Overrated, then you met West briefly as he was the young man that Claude had to turn into a vampire after his maker and “brother” tortured him nearly to death. In Don’t Drink the Holy Water we find that West is having a hard time with his transition from human to vampire and if it were not for his brothers and sisters, he would likely find a way to end his existence. While Claude tolerates West’s self-pity for a while, he refuses to allow the young man to ignore his need for blood and they set out for the desert so that Claude can teach West the finer points of being a vampire. Amusingly, I’m not sure which encounter surprised West more – the zombies or meeting a local star athlete. Although the brief encounter with the human brings a little light into his life, West is still too traumatized to consider a relationship with a mate – assuming he even knew where to start or believed that someone like Axel would be interested in an instant family.

Fast forward a few months and we find that Claude has located a nearby vampire coven that already has children living within it and is located close to a school system – a necessity for West’s four siblings – and West and the kids are now living there. Well, living might be too strong of a term for what West is doing and unfortunately, that’s not meant as a vampire pun. Because of the brutally violent way that West was turned, he still hates what he is and continues to fight his nature, feeding only when he must and doing so begrudgingly. In essence, West is surviving – barely – but not living and this is beginning to put a strain on his relationship with the other members of the coven. But when a fellow coven member learns of West’s connection to Axel, he finds himself practically dragged to the hotel where Axel is staying and the two men finally get a chance to talk. Talking leads to a date complete with a seriously hot movie theater scene and more time spent together, which means even more fretting on West’s part as he tries to figure out if he wants more with Axel and how to tell him the truth about what he is. But when West accidentally outs himself to Axel, his new coven leader gives them a week to decide if Axel will become West’s mate or if his memory will need to be wiped to hide the existence of vampires.

I enjoyed West’s week long courtship of Axel. It was sweet to see the inexperienced young man who had spent the past few years taking care of his siblings and living his life for them, find someone he wanted for himself, someone who made him happy, and finally start living his life for himself again. That Axel wanted the full week that Herve gave them before making a decision that would affect the rest of his life was quite impressive because of why he did it. Once Axel got over the shock of learning West was a vampire, he was quick to resolve his feelings about West. But Axel knew that West was a package deal and he wanted to make sure that West’s siblings would be accepting of him because he cared for West enough not to want to cause strife within their fragile family. As always, the sex scenes were hot and balanced out the sweetness of the fledgling relationship. I really liked seeing that Herve and his coven was just as welcoming as Claude’s was, doing what they could to make the transition for West, his siblings, and Axel as successful as possible. Don’t Drink the Holy Water is yet another great addition to The Vamp for Me series and now the wait begins for the next installment.

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For reviews & more info, check out our Don’t Stake My Life on It post.

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For reviews & more info, check out our Sunshine is Overrated post.

A native Texan, Bailey spends her days spinning stories around in her head, which has contributed to more than one incident of tripping over her own feet. Evenings are reserved for pounding away at the keyboard, as are early morning hours. Sleep? Doesn't happen much. Writing is too much fun, and there are too many characters bouncing about, tapping on Bailey's brain demanding to be let out.

Caffeine and chocolate are permanent fixtures in Bailey's office and are never far from hand at any given time. Removing either of those necessities from Bailey's presence can result in what is known as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Don’t Drink the Holy Water (The Vamp for Me #4) by Bailey Bradford to read and review.

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