Title ~ Bulls & Blood
Author ~ T.A. Chase
Publisher ~ Pride Publishing
Published ~ 18th August 2015
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
Breaking the rules has never been Wesley’s way…until he meets Mino.
Rule Number Two that the Thorn brothers live by is that employees of the ranch are off-limits. Wesley has always followed that rule, never stepping out of his comfort zone to do more than talk to one of the cowhands that help run his family’s ranch. Being a vampire makes it easier, since he doesn’t go out during the day.
Mino’s been interested in the youngest Thorn brother since he began working at The Blood & Thorn Ranch. It’s those stupid rules that hold him back from making the first move. Well, those and the fact that Wesley could kill him in a blink of his eye. Being human in a world of supernatural creatures makes living difficult, since he’s considered prey.
These two males, from different species and societies, must find a way to meet in the middle of their worlds if they have a chance at love.
Wesley is an old vampire, around the 400 years old vintage. He's also the youngest Thorn brother, and together he and his five siblings run one of the biggest ranches in the country. In this world Vampires rule and humans work for them, but on the Blood and Thorn ranch all humans are treated with the same respect as any other paranormal being. However, the Thorns have rules, and rule number 2 is no touching any of the ranch hands. Which really sucks for Mino, a human who works for them. He's really got the hots for Wesley.
There's a definite class difference between Wesley and Mino. I use the word class because the differences go beyond their species. Wesley is the lord of the manner, so to speak, and Mino is simply a hired hand. Wesley can act with impunity any way he pleases and there isn't really anyone around who could stop him or his brothers from doing whatever they like. Fortunately they act with honor, although they are deadly if someone breaks one of their rules.
Wow. God complex much? Yet I get why he feels that way. Hell, I understand why all vampires feel like they're gods on earth.
Things might have progressed a little faster if it wasn't for the fact that there was trouble on the ranch. One of the brothers, Loman bought a bull, not realizing it was a shifter. Buying and selling of shifters is illegal, so the Council got involved. The same Council who hates the Thorn brothers because of their age and success. Wesley is right in the thick of that one. It is also hunting season, something else that goes on at the ranch and another thing that brings with it a set of unique problems.
This is a unique perspective on the vampire world. No sparkly bits. The vampires are described in the book as the apex predators and there is off page violence. The romance progressed in a way that seemed to reflect Wesley's personality - slow and steady and yet when it came together, it was fast and definitive. I get the impression from the way the book ended that there is a lot more that is going to happen at the Blood and Thorn Ranch. Will Loman get his shifter, there's a demon involved as well. What is going on with Reginald and what else will the Council do, to bring the Thorn's down. A really good start to what I hope will be a lengthy series.
Favorite Line: While blood was what sustained a vampire's body, it was love that fed his soul...