Sunday, June 9, 2013

Review: Spirit Sanguine & Dead Man & The Restless Spirits by: Lou Harper

Title: Spirit Sanguine
Author: Lou Harper 
Source: Review Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance M/M 
Length: 304 pages PDF 
Reviewed by: Emi 

**I received a copy of this novel for an honest review**

Spirit Sanguine 

Is that a wooden stake in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

After five years in eastern Europe using his unique, inborn skills to slay bloodsuckers, Gabe is back in his hometown Chicago and feeling adrift. Until he’s kidnapped by a young, sexy vampire who seems more interested in getting into his pants than biting into his neck.

Harvey Feng is one-half Chinese, one-hundred-percent vampire. He warns Gabe to stay out of the Windy City, but somehow he isn’t surprised when the young slayer winds up on his doorstep. And why shouldn’t Gabe be curious? A vegetarian vampire isn’t something one sees every day.

Against their better judgment, slayer and vampire succumb to temptation. But their affair attracts unexpected attention.

When Chicago’s Vampire Boss makes Gabe an offer he can’t refuse, the unlikely lovers are thrust into peril and mystery in the dark heart of the Windy City. Together they hunt for kidnappers, a killer preying on young humans, and vicious vampire junkies.

However, dealing with murderous humans and vampires alike is easy compared to figuring out if there’s more to their relationship than hot, kinky sex.

Warning: Fangalicious man-on-man action, a troublesome twink, cross-dressing vampiress, and role-playing involving a fedora.

When Gabe comes back home from Europe, after slaying with his uncle for five years, things are not how they used to be. The vampires he saw in the Old Country are nothing like they are here in the US. Gabe has no direction when he returns, not knowing whether he should continue slaying, since that’s all he’s known, or try something else. While out and about in the city, he encounters a vampire, old habits die hard, so he follows. Little did he know that he was being led right into a trap.

I loved it! I thought it was funny, sexy, and it has some action in it too. It was like reading a modern day vampire version of The Godfather, lol. Ok not totally like the Godfather, lol, but certain parts kind of reminded me of it. I loved Harvey; he just made me smile throughout the whole novel. He's so funny, and crazy but in the good way. Gabe is your typical rough around the edges man who has a hard time with his feelings, but I think Gabe & Harvey make an awesome couple.  Though it's kind of ironic seeing as though Gabe is a slayer, but hey, those are the best relationships. 
Spirit Sanguine is full of events and a few twists.  I highly enjoyed it and definitely recommend it. 

Title: Dead Man & The Restless Spirits
Author: Lou Harper 
Source: Review Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance M/M 
Length: 139 pages PDF 
Reviewed by: Emi 

**I received a copy of this novel for an honest review**

Dead Man & The Restless Spirits 

Dying sucks hairy monkey balls, even when you're not the stiff.

Denton Mills has a secret: he can see dead people. Or rather, how they died. It's quite a drag in a city like Chicago, teeming with the echoes of the no-longer living. Rather than whine about it, Denton has learned to live with his troublesome talent. His adaptability comes in handy when he meets his enigmatic new neighbor.

Bran Maurell catches Denton's eye right away, but unfortunately Mr. Tall, Dark, and Mysterious is as standoffish as he is alluring. However, after an unexpected introduction from Bran's cat brings the two men together, Denton discovers they have a mutual interest in the spirit world. Herbalist by day, Bran moonlights as a witch, performing house cleansings for a fee.

From Bran, Denton learns that his knack for interacting with the dead qualifies him as a necromancer. It makes good business sense for them to team up and rid Chicago of its pesky spirits one grateful client at a time. Amongst ghostly adventures the attraction between the men is impossible to ignore. They seem like perfect partners—unless Bran's not-so-little secret comes between them.

Warning: men loving men, ghosts with attitudes, and a portly feline with hidden talents.

Note: Denton also plays a small but important role in Spirit Sanguine.

Great read! 
Denton makes an appearance in Spirit Sanguine so we our introduced to his witty nature and special talent. Denton can see dead people, and more specifically the imprints they leave behind of their death. When he moves into a new place, he gets the hots for his new neighbor, however Bran is a bit stand offish and really doesn’t pay him any attention, until he sees a tiny preview of Denton’s ability. As they begin to work together professionally, and Bran tries to teach him how to enhance his skills, they also grow physically and emotionally attached.
I really enjoyed Dead Man, though Denton makes an appearance in Spirit Sanguine, it is not part of a series. But I do recommend both books, they’re great (in my Tony the Tiger voice)! Bran and Denton are a great couple, they totally balance each other out, and you start to see Bran loosen up a bit by the end of the book. The cleansings they go on are pretty interesting, and I can definitely see how spirits stick around with their unfinished business, and it’s Denton’s new job to help them move on.
Great read, I absolutely recommend it. 

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