Title: Every Drop of My Love
Author: Jane Davitt
Publisher: Torquere Press
Characters: Steve, North
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal/Vampires, Erotic Romance, BDSM
Steve is a human donor, making a living by allowing dying vampires to feed from him. Then he meets North, a vampire sun-damaged and terribly scarred but very much alive. As North feeds from Steve they become friends with a strong attraction building.
Once healed, North makes Steve an offer he doesn’t want to refuse; let North hunt him through the city before being brought back to North’s home to fulfill every fantasy Steve’s shared with him.
It’s going well until a mugger threatens Steve’s life and North intervenes, creating an unbreakable bond between the two of them that threatens to ruin what they’d begun to build.
This was certainly no Twilight, and, oh my, did I like it! In fact, in this almost terrifying tale of dark love. Vampires really are cold predators, dangerous and to fear. And yet… these vampires are individuals, with different stories, some tragic, some sad.
North is a vampire who had been ambushed and left to die in the sun. He was rescued, but terrible scarred. Enter Steve, a human blood donor who for money heals diseased and dying vamps. His kind are special, immune to the vampires’ charm. Steve likes North a lot. But… North is a predator, and once healed, he is
to have no more contact with Steve. And yet the two can’t stay away from each other. North wants to hunt–and he has his eyes fixed on Steve. There’s a dark BDSM element to their play, akin to torture, but mostly only hinted at. On with the chase!
For a romance, this feels so utterly different from other vamp tales. It’s nice to see vamps as something other than twinkling misunderstood heroes. North is deadly, in every sense of the word. Darkness envelops him. And like a shadow of a moth drawn to the darkness, Steve covets him. And yet he feels ashamed and
humiliated by this deep desire, to the point he questions North a lot. They argue, discuss, fight even. Neither character is simplistic or one-sided. These are complicated men, torn between freedom and submission, of wanting and not wishing to want.
In essence, this was new, invigorating, even frightening. I liked this one a lot, as it didn’t offer clear solutions, quick answers, or sugary sweet endings. In fact, at the end, anything could happen. This one left me wondering, kind of amazed too, and I think the story will stay with me for quite a while. Recommended.
Reviewed By: Susan