Series: All American Vampires #1
Author: Bree Younger
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Published Date: 2 August 2011
Ty Buchanan, vampire and Council Shield, awakens after a night of partying with friends to find himself stripped and staked out. With dawn approaching, he knows his odds of surviving are not good. Libby Shaw is a photography student whose latest assignment is to complete a series of wildlife studies. A friend has loaned her an isolated cabin, and she hopes to get some excellent shots. Instead, she stumbles upon the horribly burned body of a man. He’s alive. But barely. When Libby saves Ty, she is plunged into a paranormal world she never knew existed. As Ty and Libby work to save themselves from an unknown enemy, they turn to one another and discover a passion that makes them both burn. The
stakes get higher as the lovers are drawn into a world of bloodslaves, betrayal, and an enemy from Ty’s past reappears, bent on revenge.
Two worlds collide when a vampire is saved from a long a painful death by a pixie like women with green eyes. They will be chased, hunted and searched for by their enemies and allies alike. In their battle for survival, can they learn enough about each other that their physical intimacy can become something more?
Ty Buchanan, a Council Shield or vampire cop , has been kidnapped and left for dead. And he has no idea why. Libby Shaw is anticipating a weekend photographing wildlife for an assignment when she stumbles on the sun-wounded vampire and saves him from the ravages of the sun. After 24 hours on the run, they are able to contact Ty’s brother and Regional leader, Quinn who takes them back to their headquarters to solve the riddle of why Ty was kidnapped and who would want to murder him.
Libby is confronted with a world she never knew existed, a world where vampires exist peacefully with humans, though secret and self-governed. Were-wolves work for the brothers and there is an alliance between them. She must decide if this is a world she can live with and in if she wants something more with then a fling with the sexy vampire she has saved.
Added to the relationship story of Ty and Libby is the secondary narrative line of why Ty was kidnapped and there search to find out who has instigated the attack. This serves as a key motivator to the hero at several key plot turns in the book. It also pushes the story from being a string of sex scenes.
Younger has created an interesting parallel world for her paranormal characters. The rules are clear and she uses Libby’s new arrival into this world to explain the rules to the reader. This is a great device to educate her readers on her take of the vampire story.
The characters in Youngers novel are easy to relate to. They are modern, even the 250 year old vampires speak in the vernacular, so the dialogue flows well. The characters have their flaws and insecurities, which enables the reader to empathise with them. Her supporting cast are well written, but she does not delve into their characters over much. As this is the first in the series of books, I assume she is setting up her cast for the books to follow.
Bree Younger pulls no sexual punches with her first “All American Vampire” novel. The story opens with a sizzling sex scene and this sets the tone for the book. This novel is erotic and sexually charged; it got this reader hot under the collar, and no mistake. Overall, the love scenes are written with flair and drama, though I found some of the authors word choices jarred me out of the zone. If you are uncomfortable with the use of some of the coarser nouns for a lady parts, this may not be for you. I should also warn that there are several scenes that involve anal sex, so this may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Burn is a compelling and sexy read. If you like your heroes hot and your love scenes sizzling, this is one for you.
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