Title: Written in Blood
Author: Luisa Prieto
Publisher’s URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
Genre: Paranormal M/M, Historical
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
In Victorian London, people lament over dreadful news in the paper. Give them a scandal, though, and they want blood.
An outspoken reporter, Collin Foster, is used to keeping his desires silent. When he encounters a handsome and mysterious man, he’s tempted to step out of his carefully structured life. For one night, he will follow his passions.
And one night is all the man needs to change Collin…forever…
Written in Blood is the story of newspaper reporter Collin Foster who, after writing an article about a series of gruesome child murders, meets a member of the living dead in the flesh, a vampire, and has a night of incredible sex and blood which leads to the inevitable consequence. Most of the action in the story, which is non stop, takes place within 48 – 72 hours, the plot is complex and set against a historical background.
Collin was out for an evening with his friends who were getting suspicious about his sexual orientation because he never wanted to accompany them on their regular visits to “houses of ill repute” which were their idea of fun. On this particular evening his good friend from college, Barnes, was insistent that he try the evening’s entertainment so Collin agreed, but the prostitute he selected, taking pity on him, showed him a way out through a back door. As he waited for a coach to take him home, another gentleman arrived and they agreed to hire the same coach. By the time they reached the hotel where Collin’s new friend Eduard de Sonnac was staying in Central London, Collin had decided to spend the night with him. This night of debauchery leads to a chain of events which was both pleasurable and scary, when during sex De Sonnac bites him and Collin realizes that he’s a vampire. As they continue to have sex Collin gets into the biting game and ends up being “turned.” He awakes the next morning to a new world, in full vampire mode, hungry for blood. While he contemplates escaping from the hotel, De Sonnac tells him the real reason he’s in London is to avenge his old friend, the person responsible for the child murders who was killed as a result of Collin’s articles. Collin quickly figures out that his life is in real danger and he has to have a strategy to remain alive. This results in a game of point and counterpoint between him and De Sonnac – to lose would mean certain death for Collin.
I found this story riveting in part, especially the relationship between De Sonnac and Collin because there was definitely chemistry between them, not only during sex but just communicating with each other. The details of the child murderers were grisly and you need a tough stomach to read about them, but the murders are essential to the story. I liked the character of DeSonnac much more than Collin who I found at times to be repressed and naive, although since he was a virgin and inexperienced in other ways (even though he was a reporter) some of his naivete was to be expected. DeSonnac, on the other hand, was worldly as befitted a 500 year old vampire and former Templar Knight whose primary mission was to impose his brand of justice for the death of his shield brother, the murderer. The dialogue between him and Collin was very funny especially towards the end of the story. Loved the end!! The other characters were mostly background for the protagonists except for Barnes who had a larger role than I expected; he was quite conflicted between his suspicions about Collin and his feelings for him which made his character complex and in some ways pathetic.
I think you will like Written in Blood – I certainly did and recommend it to any fan of the paranormal.