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Review of Cherry Stem by Sotia Lazu

Title: Cherry Stem
Author: Sotia Lazu
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance - Vampires
Length: 204 pages
Release Date: January 16th 2012
Reviewed by Ollie

Turned at the cusp of a promising career in the adult movie industry, vampire Cherry Stem is currently
unemployed but uses the squint, her compelling vampire gaze, on men for her meals and pocket change. With the rent deadline approaching, settling for pocket change isn’t an option. She sets her sights on tall, dark, and handsome Alex Marsden, who takes her home for a night of blistering passion. She doesn't tell him who she is.

Cherry isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Alex is the police detective investigating the disappearance of young women from the local clubs. Like most detectives, Alex has a good memory for faces and Cherry looks familiar. When he finds out she’s a vampire, he goes digging and discovers she's an up-and-coming model who went missing six years before.

When Cherry met Alex, she expected him to be nothing more than another “girl meets boy, girl feeds from boy, girl erases boy’s memories” hook-up. But once missing young women, the vampire council, and her irresistible ex are thrown into the mix, she realizes nothing is as simple or random as she thought it was, and Alex is either the biggest gift or the biggest mistake of her un-life.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: anal play/intercourse.

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This is the first time I have heard of this author and based on this book she is definitely a new indie writer who I will be keeping an eye on and checking out more of her books.

Cherry Stem is a different paranormal romance book then most I have read. Usually the male hero is the paranormal creature (vampire, werewolf, shapeshifter etc.) and the heroine is the mortal who eventually can't resist the charm of the male protagonist. In this Cherry Stem, the heroine is the vampire and the hero is the gorgeous, male mortal, who despite his lack of strength and speed (in comparison to the heroine) still had a strong, dominant, alpha presence that can even make a vampire melt with his gaze and sensuality. What I loved about this story is how despite Cherry being a vampire she still showed her humanity, vulnerability and weaknesses to Alex, who in turn showed her strength, determination and power both in dealing with the challenges that they faced and in love.

Cherry Stem had so much happening that I was glued to the pages. Action, love, betrayal, trust, a sexy ex, intrigue and twists and turns that had me cheering for these two to overcome the obstacles that they faced. I wanted Cherry and Alex to take of hold of the love that was in front of them and to not be afraid of the possibilities. As you can tell I did develop an emotional connection with these two especially Alex. I just don't know to describe it, but there was something about him that made him seem so real and such a wonderful guy that any woman would be lucky to have him (it didn't hurt that was described to look like a yummy Greek God and really knew how to satisfy a woman). There were moments in the book that I did have tears in my eyes because of everything that happened to these two and how they both deserved happiness with each other.

This is one book that paranormal romance fans will enjoy sinking their teeth into and savouring both the bittersweet and sexy, tender moments.


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