Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thorns and Fangs by Gillian St. Kevern

Nate is caught between two dangerously hot vampires who can compel people to do whatever they want and a ruthless necromancer who wants Nate for all the wrong reasons—and that’s only the start of his problems.

Escort Nate prides himself on two things: his ability to please his clients and his normality – living in the monster capital of the world, ordinary is rare. Hunter, a darkly charming vampire with more charisma than is good for him, decides Nate is just what he needs. Nate’s sympathetic nature and skill in the bedroom are put to the ultimate test. But Hunter wants Nate for someone else – his brother, Ben. Nate is immediately attracted by the control with which Ben holds his sensitive nature in force. Too afraid of becoming a monster to allow himself to feel, Ben struggles to resist Nate’s generosity of emotion. As a vindictive necromancer makes Ben his target of revenge, Nate discovers that making people feel good doesn’t compare to making Ben feel. As Nate’s normal world crumbles around him, and he desperately searches for a way to save Ben, Nate is unable to escape becoming the necromancer’s latest victim.

But Nate’s death is only the beginning. Coming back to life in the bathroom of Gunn, a Department Seven officer who hates the vampire family that Ben and Hunter belong to, Nate doesn’t know who to trust or even what he is. As the necromancer’s trap pulls tighter around himself and Ben, Nate is forced to let go of normal and embrace powers he doesn’t fully understand. In defiance of Ben’s vampire sire and hunted by Department Seven, Nate and Ben finally learn to trust and rely on each other. But when the necromancer succeeds in capturing Ben, Nate alone can come to his rescue.

Thorns and Fangs contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Thorns and Fangs starts out as a smoking hot read, with Nate as an escort, set in a time where the world's oldest profession is legal, in an era with supernatural beings. In walks Hunter, a vampire with a very specific escort in mind for his brother's anniversary.

Flowing fluidly, Gillian St. Kevern is a new-to-me author, hooking me from page one of this urban fantasy title. For nearly a third of the book, Thorns and Fangs was more erotic fantasy than urban fantasy. Shifting gears, aside from a few stolen moments, from that point on, it's purely urban fantasy.

Part erotica, which goes away, moving into strictly urban fantasy – this was slightly jarring, as if reading two separate books by the same characters, but both sections were solid, judged against other books in their genre.

I'll be honest, the storyline itself was solid, but did feel drawn out slightly. As for the world-building, other than moving fast and attempting and failing at glamour, the reader never experienced what it meant to be a vampire. No bitey fun, which is one of my favorite parts of Urban Fantasy. In the end, we never even learn what Nate is considered, other than an affinity to plants. This is obviously a series, and I do look forward to having the answers in the follow-up book.

Gunn was everywhere, Hunter was intriguing, Ben was sweet, and Nate was strong and adaptable. I enjoyed the read, and I believe fans of MM Urban Fantasy will enjoy it as well.

I need to point out, in the beginning, there is a ménage scene. I know many in this genre seem to be sensitive to sharing and cheating. Nate is an escort, and it's par for the course for him to perform the duties of his profession. But the romance itself is between only Nate and Ben.

Gillian St. Kevern is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Originally from New Zealand, she currently lives in Japan and has visited over twenty different countries. Her writing is a celebration of the diverse people she meets.

As a chronic traveller, Gillian is interested in journeys rather than endings, writing characters that grow and change to achieve their happy ending. Her stories cross genres, time-periods and continents, taking readers along for an unforgettable ride.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Thorns and Fangs (Thorns and Fangs #1) by Gillian St. Kevern to read and review.

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