Friday, August 23, 2013

Hell to the Damned by Addison Avery

Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.

Date published: June 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62740-160-9
Genre: M/M paranormal
Book format: E-book
Obtained via: Publisher Gift
Reviewed by Keldon__


Colburn Cay is a vampire living a dashing lifestyle of parties and one-night stands. He’s in high demand as a fashionable party guest. 

Felix Davidson is a vampire with a reputation as a prude; he’s the guest of honor at his birthday party—an event put on by his sister at their Savannah mansion. Maria is determined to keep holding dinner parties until Felix meets his mate.

The book opens as the guests socialize before dinner. Colburn meets Felix, and when they shake hands, each experiences a jolt of attraction, opening the way for them to recognize each other as mates.

The story wanders along, with little in the way of suspense or surprises. Felix and Colburn come off as two-dimensional; the reader learns little about them other than the fact that they’re vampires and they’re fated to be mates. 

The dinner is overshadowed by Felix’s rude neighbor Mrs. Robinson. Throughout the story, it never became clear what purpose this character serves. From stroking her husband off at the dinner table to propositioning Felix and Colburn, she adds a distracting and lewd presence which detracts from the plot.

Felix and Colburn leave the party in the middle of dinner. This pulled me out of the story—it seemed too implausible. The intimate encounters are erotic, but not exceptionally drawn.
Fear of an encore by Mrs. Robinson and not being drawn into the story left me lukewarm about the read.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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