Title: Spirit Sanguine
Author: Lou Harper
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Characters: Harvey Feng and Gabe Vadas
POV: 3rd Person
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.`
I loved this vampire story by Lou Harper and will state right from the start that I hope she plans to bring these two back for more. The characters, main as well as secondary, along with the story itself, are well written. I found myself pulled into their story from the beginning and could not put the book down. The main characters, Gabe and Harvey, are total opposites. Gabe is on the large size while Harvey is smaller. Harvey is more outgoing and book smart, while Gabe is street smart and tough. The biggest difference between the two though is the fact that Harvey is a vampire while Gabe is a hunter. With all their differences the attraction that pops up between them should not exist, but it does. The way that these two met had me laughing and I could not help but feel bad for Gabe. The laughs don’t end there as Harvey has a habit of being very snarky, so much so that Gabe has a hard time keeping up with him at times. I love the way their relationship builds as each man learns to trust the other. There seems to be a bit of cluelessness around the two, especially Gabe, as they start to feel possessive about the other and I could not wait for them to realize what was happening. The author does a great job showing the men’s relationship change and while the men may be clueless the readers know this is a relationship that will last.
It is not only the men that kept me tied to Spirit Sanguine though. I love how the author has given the readers a fresh spin on the vampire mythology. Not only are the vampires in this story different but so are their weaknesses and strengths. These changes are just one of the things that helped keep the story from feeling like a rehash of what is already out there. Another wonderful aspect of this story was the plot, or should I say plots, that the story revolved around. Both men have a bit of mystery surrounding them which plays an important role in the story. There are also a variety of secondary characters that have a big impact on the story and some will leave you wanting to stake them. There are many twists and turns not all of which I expected but all of which kept be tied to the story.
As I stated earlier, Spirit Sanguine is a wonderful story and those who love the vampire genre should make an effort to get it. I hope we will see more of Harvey and Gabe in the future.
Reviewed By: Lydia