Title: Soul Mates: Bound by Blood #1
Author: Jourdan Lane
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Paranormal, Gay (M/M)
Length: 240 pages
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Houston nightclub Rave is famous for nearly-naked male dancers and beautiful bartenders, like Peter, a young man with a strict rule about one-night stands. He breaks that rule for Lucien, the owner of The Den, a rival gay nightclub where there are no boundaries, no taboos. Anything goes at The Den, including vampires.
When Peter finds out about Lucien’s vampire nature, he figures he should have stuck to his rule, because Lucien pulls him into a dark world of vampires, werewolves and feuding in-laws. No one approves of the human vampire match, and Peter and Lucien have to struggle to stay together. Can they beat the forces that will try to tear them apart forever?
Soul Mates Series
So where do I start? Do I say that this book destroyed all my preconceived notions about vampires and paranormals? That the author approached this book on a scale I have not experienced before? That the story is like a wrecking crew that never lets up? I was totally blown away as the author gives it to the reader with both barrels right between the eyes. I can’t compare Jourdan Lane to another paranormal author (that I have read anyway) because I think she’s in a class by herself – there are just not enough superlatives to describe her approach to this story. She is one ballsy, kickass author.
So having started from what is normally the end of the review I’ll try to be lucid and describe the story without any spoilers although I’m sure all of the author’s fans have read this book several times over but just in case there are a few people who haven’t, I’ll be judicious in my descriptions.
Peter and Lucien meet for the first time at Rave where Peter works as a bartender, a club that’s famous for its male strippers who mix with the patrons and the heat burns up the pages the first time they dance. The fact that one is a vampire and the other human and afraid of vamps can’t stop the conflagration when they finally get together and it’s game over. They cannot be apart from each other and that causes no end of trouble with the members of Lucien’s coven and Peter’s friends.
The action is fast and furious. There is so much blood and sex and other bodily fluids that I wondered how this was all going to play out, even in a paranormal book where usually anything goes.There is no quarter given in terms of the smells, the sex and the blood and I don’t think I can remember reading a book with so much blazing hot sex between multiple partners that seemed to go on forever.
There is a plot and an excellent one but at times the action was so sizzling and unrestrained that I forgot I was supposed to be reviewing the book – it was that good. The author makes no apologies for the sustained violence and blood in Soul Mates:Bound by Blood – she’s in your face. But there was so much love between Peter and Lucien that it balances out everything and makes you believe in true love, even between species.
The Gothic ambiance throughout the book is so real it’s as if I were transported to another world. The characterizations were incredible. Peter is so open and giving that his character made me feel that being a vampire’s mate can’t be bad as he totally gives Lucien his heart and soul and believes in Lucien’s ability to protect him from harm. He loves Lucien but is fearful about the vampire life, yet despite this his love for Lucien overcomes his fears. Lucien on the other hand is strong and tough as befits a leader but he is gentle with Peter and his character is so multi-layered that he can go from the wonderful lover in one minute to the vicious fighter and killer protecting his coven in a heartbeat, but of course we know that vampires have no heartbeat. The supporting characters are also well crafted and there’s not a dull one in the mix from the villains to the good guys. Every character is so three dimensional that you can almost see and touch them.
The basic thrust of the story is that there are vampire hunters out for blood and various villains who are looking to cause trouble for the coven in a REALLY BIG WAY. Lucien has to protect his people from all comers and needs Peter not only as a source of live-giving blood but as a sustaining force to keep him grounded if he is to survive the looming battle with his enemies. But there is so much more to the story that I can’t reveal without giving away key plot points. I can’t stress enough that the scale of the action in this book while huge does not seem to be over the top at any time. What I found really interesting is the fact that there is no monogamy in this book. Every couple has sex with other characters so frequently that I sometimes lost sight of who was with whom. And ooh the sex. It was blazing hot. The characters use sex as a way of bonding with each other. Does it work? Yes it definitely does – in spades.
This is not a vampire romance. This book almost approaches cult status in terms of the gore, violence and acts that can only be described as horrific. Definitely not for the faint of heart. But you will root for Peter, Lucien and members of his coven in their battles with their enemies. There are many other species in this book including werewolves and demons and the sexual energy and feeding frenzies are totally unbelievable and on such a scale as to be almost unimaginable.
Soul Mates:Bound by Blood is not to be missed if you’re a fan of vampire lore. However, I must stress that if you have an aversion to violence or blood on a grand scale then this book is not for you. Did I love this book? My answer is I’m starting Book 2 in the series as soon as this review is finished. This is the second book in a week that I have given a higher rating than 5 stars and it is well deserving. This book is a Keeper all the way, a Desert Island Keeper (DIK)
This book contains scenes of extreme violence and is definitely not for the faint of heart