Title: Red Fire Surrender
Author: Cassandre Dayne
Publisher: Naughty Nights Press
Word Count: 92,274Characters:
Jax Steele was a haunted man. A Detective by trade, damning visions of a wretched event had taken not only his soul but also the family he loved dearly. Living a shadowed life, he accepted every wretched case given with a vengeance, determined to right the wrongs of his horrible past. When young men began showing up slaughtered like animals, the nightmares began all over again pulling him into his own private hell. All clues led to an elusive erotic artist of Russian decent who enjoyed the dark arts of BDSM and Jax believed he’d found his killer, yet intense hungers buried deep within were awakened and he wanted nothing more than to become Aleks’ student.
Aleksandr Vasiliev carried dark secrets of his own. A monster to some, the vampire had forsaken his past and the family regime in search of a new life away from murdering humans. Unfortunately his previous subjects turned up gutted and he was the only suspect. As Jax and Aleks forged a bond to try and find the murderer, each suspected something that neither could control. As the power of domination and control swirled around their relationship, Jax was forced to face not only his ugly past but also hungers that burned deep in his soul. Betrayed, Aleks was determined to save Jax, his true mate but powerful vampires from his past threatened not only his lover but the entire human race. In a race against time, few would survive.
When Ms. Dayne decides to write a story, she truly does one hell of a job with it. This is only the second title of the author’s books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading and I must tell you that she’s quickly made a fan out of me.
Red Fire Surrender is so much more than a story…it’s more like a movie that plays out in the readers head with the added bonus of knowing what the characters are thinking. This particular story isn’t all about love and romance, it’s so much more with a compelling plot that has you sitting there with your mouth stuck open as you quickly read through the events that are taking place. I mean there are a few gruesome scenes that had me saying: ewww….out loud. The author held no bars…NONE…in detail she gives the scenes of the murdered victim’s body’s current state. Her characters are so well fleshed out and flawed just like real people are. In this particular one Jax Steele is a detective and his partner Mike is his closest friend. Together they are assigned to a case that begins to take its toll on Jax as a detective and as a person. Something very sinister is killing and mutilating young men who have in the past modeled for one Aleks Vasiliev, who is somewhat of an introvert. He is an artist, a photographer, and he’s very much into the BDSM scene. His pictures focus on erotic poses of young men in many different states of sexual submission bliss.
Because of Alek’s taste, his chosen lifestyle and his profession he is under suspicion of either having killed the young men or knows who killed them. It’s Jax’s job to uncover what is really going on and while he’s one hell of a detective, he’s come up against the one case he may not be able to solve. He works a lot on his own doing his investigations his way, even if it means getting fired while his partner Mike does his thing. They are a hell of a team, when they work together. Jax realizes that the men coming up dead modeled for Aleks in the past so he decides to be the model to try to draw out the killer but what he discovers while he’s being that model is an eye opening mind bending realization of who he really is and what he truly wants.
This story is not a full on MM read by any means. I must warn you that if you’re not into the M/F action in your reads, avoid this one because the author does go into detail about Jax and his on again, off again girlfriend and of Alek’s female companion, when he feels the need for her. Yes, Aleks is a vampire, but he’s so much more than that, and because of who he is, because of where he comes from, because of his past, anyone connected to the man is in grave danger.
The plot is strong, the story is riveting the scene descriptions are very well done but I have to say, between the plot and the characters? The scene descriptions mattered little to me. I love the dialogue, the flaws the characters have, the mystery, all of it. This is a book that ends with a cliffhanger…and I’m patiently waiting for the follow-up….Cassandre has a way of doing that.
Reviewed By: Michele