Blacque/Bleu


Title: Blacque/Bleu
Author: Belinda McBride
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance, Light BDSM
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Length: Novel, 220 pages
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by StaceyR

Summary Review
A closeted to-be-alpha werewolf and a dying vampire in hiding give in to passion, making a weekend pact to slake both their hungers and discover a bond deeper than either imagined. Blacque and Bleu fear they’ve only been given a taste of a dream that could-have-been when coming out threatens to tear Blacque’s pack apart and draws forces determined to end Bleu’s immortal life.

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BLURB
Lukas Blacque is a deeply closeted werewolf, and more than almost anything in life, he desires his neighbor, Oliver Bleu. Oliver is a vampire who is slowly dying from insomnia. More than anything, he needs Lukas Blacque and the rich blood that flows through his veins.

On the day that Blacque makes an important commitment to his family and pack, he also succumbs to temptation and agrees to a passionate weekend with the alluring vampire. At sunset on Friday, it’s all about urgent lust and the drive to lose his virginity. When the sun rises on Monday, lust has shifted to love and devotion. He’s not sure he can walk away, even for the commitment he’s made. He’s even less sure Bleu will let him go.

In Blacque’s world, vampires and werewolves make uneasy bedfellows, and a gay werewolf is an impossibility. In Bleu’s world, all living creatures are little more than vessels for food and sex. But in the mysterious and magical town of Arcada, the unexpected is always waiting right around the corner. Now Blacque and Bleu just need to survive long enough for Arcada’s magic to work for them.

REVIEW
Ms. McBride creates an intriguing paranormal world filled with passionate and fiery characters, and offers a few new twists on werelore.

Oliver Bleu is dying. In the past year he’s been haunted by visions of the day he suffered a slow and painful death during World War I, and the memory of his vampire lover descending on him with an evil gleam in his eyes, turning him against his will, making his torment eternal.  Forced awake by the painful images when he should be sleeping the sleep of the dead, Oliver’s body is slowly deteriorating. Trapped in a state of daytime paralysis in a secret room at his upholstery shop, he often overhears the day-to-day activities of his hot, hunky werewolf neighbor, Lukas Blacque.

Lukas is a local mechanic, a job that allows him to keep to himself. He quietly lusts after his sexy vampire neighbor, a dominating figure in his sexual fantasies. Lukas has never met another gay werewolf, homosexuality going against the nature of a wolf, and he lives in fear that someone might discover the true reason he’s never mated. Having been brought into his father’s pack after Lukas’s mother died, he’s never put an effort into mingling with other members, but a visit from his father changes all that.

His father, Dane, stops by to tell him he’s opening mating restrictions so pack members can mate with outside packs. Blacque’s father has mated with more than his share of pack females, flooding their pack with his bloodline, as is the alpha’s right. Due to the fear of inbreeding, Dane’s encouraging outside mating.  Lukas being his oldest son, he wants him to start interacting with the pack and staking his claim by establishing his own brood. Blacque is sickened at the thought, aside from being gay, he’s never understood his dad’s philandering ways (Honestly, neither did I. The idea might correlate well with real wolf behavior but the semantics of the alpha populating the were-pack didn’t make a ton of sense, and bogged the story a bit IMO). Dane drops the bomb that he intends to name Lukas as his successor. Lukas tries to get him to change his mind, knowing he’ll be overwhelmed by challenges from others in the pack who are more involved, but when his dad brings up Lukas’s mother, Lukas is guilted into giving his word to do as his alpha asks.

Distraught, knowing urges he’s never satisfied are now going to become impossible to obtain, Blacque heads to a local bar, and runs into Oliver Bleu. Nearly insane with hunger, Bleu can sent the rich blood in Lukas’s veins and goads the wolf with his secret desires, dropping hints of Blacque’s personal dilemmas that he’s overheard, sparking a confrontation that unleashes Lukas’s lust (a great scene!). At the first taste of his blood, Bleu knows he has to have him. Blacque can’t deny his need to be taken, dominated by the man he’s wanted for years. After and rough tumble outside the bar they agree to a wild weekend together. With every encounter, both reveal more of themselves than they intended, their lust entwining with emotions neither could have anticipated. Blacque has a taste of true contentment, and Bleu’s hunger is finally sated, his sleep returning. But come Monday, no matter how much Blacque wishes otherwise, he has to put his pack before his own desires.

Both men fall back into their own miseries; Blacque busy with pack business and constant challenges for pack dominance while Bleu fights the return of his nightmares and unquenchable hunger. A female vampire rolls into town with a surprising connection to Bleu, waking more ghosts from Bleu’s past. Bleu’s creator is one of the most powerful vampires in existence. He’s has been hunting Bleu for decades. Bleu now knows the nightmares must be tied to his ex-lover and struggles with his urge to flee and his powerful urge to stay and watch over Blacque as members from his pack plot against him. When Blacque hears about the new threat, he’s torn between his duties and his overwhelming instinct to defend what’s his. Attacked from all sides, Blacque and Bleu fight for their lives, and a chance to claim a love they never expected to find.

Blacque/Bleu is a passionate romance with a whole cast of engaging characters and maintains a nice bit of mystery throughout the story.

20 comments

  • I liked this book! I agree with Stacey that there were a few question marks here and there in the details of the story keeping if from that 5 pointer but a very nice paranormal story. Recommended!

    I’ll check out an uncommon whore… I probably stayed away from it for the same reason you did Stacey.

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    • Hi Sunshine! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with AN UNCOMMON WHORE, I sure wasn’t. Another strong emotional read with a lot of action 🙂 Fantastically epic ending that leaves you waiting for a sequel 😉

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      • Ha! I had actually read it. Very unusual with a title like that and that cover (hate, hate, hate animated covers). Yes, I agree it was interesting! There’s a sequel coming?

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        • LOL! I’ve seen some really sexy animated covers lately–and yeah, have seen some cheesy ones too 😉 Recent good ones that come to mind are COUNTERPOINT and ILLUSION OF NIGHT, but those are also fantasy books, so maybe it works better for that genre. *shrug*

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          • I looked up Counterpoint and that one is not really drawn in animation/manga style so it’s acceptable to me, and like you said, it fits the fantasy genre. Just can’t stand covers with drawn men in manga style because I think it is done very badly. It is not pretty. Nice covers and great blurbs are important in getting readers to look twice at your books. I generally hate covers from Amber Allure and Dreamspinner.

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    • Me too, Jenre! AN UNCOMMON WHORE, right? I didn’t think I’d like that theme and put off buying that book for months…but all the great reviews on GoodReads wore me down and I bought it, sort of squinting as I read (forced prostitution/rape majorly rankles my nerves)–but to my sheer shock, I loved it. I’m hoping the sequel is coming out soon. I didn’t realize it was the same author when I bought this one (I’m an instant sucker for the Vamp/Were combo *G*), though I’m not surprised now. More great characters 🙂

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  • WOW Stacey
    I definitely have to read Blacque/Bleu. This sounds incredibly passionate and complicated and I can’t wait to see how it ends.

    Great review Stacey. You know how much I’ve been waiting to see what you thought of B/B. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Wave! Great timing, huh 😉

      This story has a LOT going on, too much to cover, like a whole thread with Blacque’s sister or the other paras in the community that are touched on–love these longer books. I also hate to give away any surprises the author’s built into the story—certainly worth the read 🙂

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  • Why didn’t you give this book 5 stars. I thought it was fantastic – and I usually don’t like vampire/werewolf stories.

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    • LOL! Cause I’m a stingy star monger? It was a great book–not denying it, but I had some niggles…*shrug* Some things just didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, sorta drew me out of the story a bit to ponder, invent my own connections, whatever—anytime I gotta step back and go “Huh? But WHY?!”, well….I know, nit-picky and stingy to just sit on that .25 of a star…but there ya go.

      Glad you loved the book, though! 🙂

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