Author: Barbara Elsborg
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Genre(s): Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 219
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.3 stars out of 5
No one can tattoo better than Inigo, a two-hundred-year-old vampire, who works on human and supernatural skins. But he’s never tattooed a faerie, and when a bunch of them insist he comes with them to tattoo one of their kind, saying no proves not to be an option. His skin is Oberon, the faerie king, and Inigo fears this will be the last tattoo he’ll ever do.
The moment the faerie Micah lands in the faerie king’s bed chamber, he knows the guy is trouble. But if he’s to save his sister and his family, let alone the job he’s paid to do, he has to stay in Faerieland and endure Oberon’s sadism. When he’s thrown into a starving vampire’s cell, covered in blood, he fears this day will be his last. But Inigo finds Micah’s blood too delicious to give it up by killing him.
Pretty soon, he’s feeling that way about Micah himself.
I really enjoyed this book! The story was well paced and vivid and I liked both the MC’s. I enjoyed it enough, I am considering reading the first book of the series, even though it is M/F. Thankfully, I did not feel that I was missing a huge chunk of the story by not reading it first.
Inigo is a vampire. Not a bad guy, but other supernatural beings tend to not trust vampires. He pretty much just minds his business and takes only the blood he needs, He doesn’t kill for it. Inigo is also a very talented tattoo artist (I wish he could give me a tattoo!). One day, he is…persuaded (yeah, we’ll go with that) … to go back to Faerieland to give the new king his coronation tattoo. Surely, that will turn out ok.
Micah, an exiled faerie, found himself in the company of King Oberon the Seventh when he and his sister bring back something that the current king’s grandfather had claimed was stolen. They also bring proof that the grandfather was lying and of the deception that followed. Dangerous waters, those. So, Micah is trapped and abused and manipulated by Oberon.
The king, being his sadistic prick of a self, beats Micah to a bloody pulp and throws him into the cell where he is keeping Inigo. A very hungry Inigo. And that is the start of a very beautiful, and hot as hell, relationship between our two MC’s.
What follows is an adventure of a lifetime, filled with unexpected allies and and a few enemies and some very interesting side effects of some rare blood.
It was a fun book and I look forward to sinking my teeth into the next one!