Series: Midnight Playground, Book 1
Genre: Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Menage a trois
(c) 2009, Samhain Publishing
Rating: 3 stars
"Rich in detail, scorching love scenes, and the possibility of love everlasting and eternal life"
Orphaned at a young age and losing her grandmother at age seventeen, Nissa learned to be indepenedent and street-smart. She also knows what she wants, and what she wants is to be a part of the vampire sex club, Midnight Playground, to be the recipient of the Seeking Kiss (where vampires would take blood) and, if she were lucky, the Turning Kiss (to become a vampire, one of them). She was given the chance when a friend sponsored her entry. Almost immediately, two gorgeous vampires, Hex and his master Aleron, sought her out. Soon she finds herself falling for one of them.
From the first page, I was captivated. Eden Bradley's prose and descriptions of the vampires and the club were rich in detail, making me feel I was really there. Also, there is something compelling and attractive about a woman who knows what she wants and who does all things possible to get it, even to the point of risking all.
I don't think though that Nissa's fascination with vampires was ever explained. Why this obsession to enter the vampire sex club? Maybe as a place to belong, since she'd been virtually alone from a young age? However, the question didn't really bother me as I read along, ready to be swept into the fantasy, until this bit of conversation came along:
She realized she was naked. And that Hex was lying beside her. When she turned her head his dark gaze was on her face.
"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to startle you." He reached out, drew one finger along her jaw. "But I can't stop looking at you. You've been so beautiful these past hours as you slept."
She didn't know what to say in response.
Er, was she not beautiful when she was awake? However, we were told that she is, as both Hex and Aleron couldn't stop telling her how beautiful she was.
I like the twist in this story though. I'm not sure if the next would be a spoiler, so just in case... BEGIN SPOILER I thought for sure this would be a permanent menage, but no. The love only exists between Hex and Nissa, while Aleron suffers from a powerful love that ended when his beloved died from old age. But of course, love doesn't die that easily and Aleron still loves. I'm sure we'll see more of him in the next books. This reminds me of the Three Kinds of Wicked series over at another publisher. END SPOILER The sex scenes are hot and scorching, but I wish we could see more romance between the characters to justify the great and powerful love they felt.
Reviewed by Silver