Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Brief: Fangs Like Me by Lyssa Dering

fangs like meTitle ~ Fangs Like Me

Author ~ Lyssa Dering

Publisher ~ NineStar Press

Published ~ 13th March 2017

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance





Lane, a newborn vampire, still feels the pain of betrayal. Two years ago, a faithless boyfriend took his life, and now, Lane’s Maker has also left him behind. The pain of separation burns strong when all Lane wants are arms to hold him and enough warm blood to satisfy his voracious appetite. At a shifter party, Lane is drawn to a hunky Alpha werewolf who tries to console him.

Parker is more than a thoughtless hookup. Since his family disowned him for finding boys just as hot as girls, all he wants is someone to love and look after. The sweet little vamp calls to his protective instincts, but he sure is jumpy. Cuddling with boys is new and delicious, but when this boy also wants him as a food source, things get complicated.

Vampires and shifters aren’t supposed to get along, and Parker’s rough dominance triggers bad memories for Lane. But Parker’s wolf wants Lane, and he knows he can give Lane what he needs. Can Lane learn to navigate his past and give the thing growing between them a chance? Or will the very real possibilities of heartache, abandonment, and even death, keep them apart?


Cheryl’s Book Brief

I found this to be an honest book. What does that mean? It means that characters were true to their nature and things weren’t sugar coated. Yes, I think things tied up a little too neatly at the end, but apart from that the issues experienced by the disparate characters were true to their natures.

I especially liked Parker’s reaction to Lane’s actions with Sam. Lane acted with the best possible intentions, Parker saw only betrayal, and with his wolf beying within he wasn’t able to see any other explanation. I don’t think Parker ever really understood Lane’s actions, even though the reader did, and I believe Heather did also. As she said, they were both to blame and there was no simple answer. Perhaps Lane shouldn’t have done it, but he genuinely thought he was doing it for the relationship, Parker asserted that Lane should have trusted him, and their relationship more. I think he has some responsibility in that not being the case.

Both made mistakes, both paid the price, and in the end it worked.

Sex was kind of weird, with vampires sweating and ejaculating blood, and wolf shifters having a “knot” and going uncontrollably sex crazy once a year. Not to mention the fangs and claws. However, after having read a lot of sex recently it was fresh and interesting and the first sex scenes I haven’t skipped past in a while.

There were flaws in the story as with any other. I would have liked to see the den, and Lane’s relationship with all the vampires there, more thoroughly explored. Erica was clearly an important figure in his life but there was little development of her or their relationship – past and present. Sam appeared from nowhere with little fleshing out, and Theo was thoroughly unlikable throughout with no satisfactory justification.

However, I’m very comfortable giving 4 stars because I really liked the story, and Parker and Lane are one of the most intriguing and complex couples I’ve read in a long while. I loved the dynamic and the fumbling as well as all the little details (loved the cat and mouse) that made the worlds of vampires and shifters very real and close to ours.

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