Author ~ Bailey Bradford
Publisher ~ Pride Publishing
Published ~ 17 November 2015
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
Book four in The Vamp for Me series
Being left for dead sure has a way of changing a man.
All West wanted was one night of fun. He’d taken on the responsibility of raising his younger siblings after their parents died, had done so out of love, but he was a young man and he just wanted a chance to live like one for a few hours.
It almost cost him his life. It certainly meant his life was changed forever, and along with his life, the lives of his siblings. They were all exposed to a secret world they’d never known existed. Vampires.
Human children living alongside vampires…seemed unusual. Claude, the coven leader who saved West and his brothers and sisters, doesn’t have accommodations for kids. He finds one coven in the country that does, and sets about making a home there for West and his family. Before he sends West away, West meets an intriguing man, Axel, whom he encounters again months later. The attraction between them is strong, but there is more to consider than just how sexy Axel is.
Nothing in life is easy, whether you’re a vampire or a human.
If you are an avid reader of this series (like I am) then you will remember West as the young man who was turned into a vampire in the previous book. The problem is that he has siblings, and while he might hate that he is a vampire, hate that he can no longer go out in the sun, and definitely hates having to drink blood from Claude because that brings up all sorts of inappropriate feelings that he shouldn't have for a mated man, he can't hate the fact that someone has to care for his siblings, and the vampires were helping him with that.
During part of West's training, that included levitation and turning into a bat, West meets Axel, who had been left in the desert by an ex-boyfriend who had totally gone off the deep end by their relationship break up. Axel is a famous sand boarder (hence the reason for being in the desert in the first place) and while the attraction between them was obvious, West is all too aware that he is one of the monsters that Axel is afraid of (yes, the zombies turned up again as well).
West does not handle things well with Axel and the boy leaves, like they do when they have been rescued from a Zombie attack. West has other things on his mind anyway - he has to move with his siblings into another coven, because Claude just isn't set up for human children. But Herve's coven is, and West moves in. It is through that move, that he bumps into Axel again.
West's attack, which lead to his being turned is really messing with his head, especially when Axel wants to be intimate with him. West's reactions are totally realistic, given what he had gone through, but they are exacerbated by the added feature that Axel doesn't know that West isn't human anymore. Although he quickly finds out.
Nothing can be straightforward in a vampire human situation for many reasons as you will find out when you read this story. It's not just not being able to be out in the sun, or not being able to eat anything that makes life hard for a vampire...and for humans that do learn about those things that go bump in the night - well, life isn't often easy for them either. Ms. Bradford does a great job of explaining the issues through this story. My heart broke for West, even though there were a few times that I wanted to slap him around the head, but Axel was really amazing with him, and that was precious too.
This was a lovely book. Apart from West's change into a vampire (which is explained partially in the prologue) this could be a standalone, however you do understand the motivations of the secondary characters like Terry, Claude and Abernathy a little more, if you have read the previous books.