An American Lamb in Europe
Title : A Secret Valentine
Author : Rob Colton
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal
Length : 120 pages (e-book)
Published : February 12, 2014
Rating : ★★★
Jamie Anderson knows you need to look before you leap, but he forgets it often enough to land in trouble. When his brother and only remaining family member disappears, he doesn’t think twice about quitting his job as a dental hygienist to travel to the Czech Republic to search for him.
Rescued by the sexy, mysterious Tomas in a small city near the German border, Jamie enlists his help in locating Rudy. Soon Jamie realizes the man knows more than he’s sharing. When Jamie demands Tomas tell him the truth, Tomas reveals he’s a vampire. Horrified the man he’s fantasized about is a monster, Jamie struggles with the fact he still needs Tomas’s help to find Rudy.
Jamie never expects their search will land him in the middle of a vampire turf war
Jamie Anderson leaves his entire life behind to go look for his brother. His brother is something of a ne’er do well, but that doesn’t stop him. Rudy is Jamie’s only family. When he was reported dead by Czech authorities only to then have his body go missing Jamie was on his way to find him. The language barrier didn’t help, nor did being a foreigner obviously out of his element. No one seems willing to help. Rudy’s old land lady refuses to talk at all, language barrier or not. Jamie continues to search and finds himself repeatedly rescued by an attractive but scary German man named Tomas. In addition to saving him from creeps, Tomas agrees to help Jamie find information about his brother. He also stars in some erotic dreams. Tomas tells Jamie his brother Rudy died in a gang war. In some ways Jamie finds that plausible, but it’s also fairly obvious Tomas is hiding something. Jamie decides he wants to find things out for himself and finds himself amongst a bunch of vampires. Literally he’s in a dance club full of vampires who are doing everything from dancing to having sex and feeding from humans or some combination of all three.
Jamie has to quickly accept vampires are real and he’s willing to work with them and engage in sexual activities with them to find out what really happened to his brother. Pretty quickly Jamie realizes he doesn’t mind the sex with Tomas, but there is no way he’s going to let Tomas drink his blood. Tomas does help Jamie learn what has been going on in Rudy’s life for the past few months. He has been a human who agrees to feed vampires for a French vampire princess but was kidnapped. She has no idea what happened to him. The relationship between Jamie and Tomas continues to blossom and Jamie finds himself agreeing to feed Tomas as he doesn’t want anyone else to do it. Afterwards, Jamie thinks he wants to leave Tomas as he simply can’t handle being kept around as food. As he realizes the relationship is much more than that he finds himself kidnapped. His fate looks to be very similar to that of his brother.
I really enjoy paranormal stories, in case you guys haven’t noticed. And I will say I enjoyed this one as it was much like many others I’ve read over the years. But that’s also the problem. This story was much like many others I’ve read over the years. There is a fine line to walk when world building to stick enough with the traditional so your creations are recognizable and to create a new and interesting iconoclastic world. I don’t feel this story broke anything in a new and interesting way. Overall the storyline was good, but also a little bland. The characters were good but I didn’t really want to know more. I was actually a bit disappointed. Based on the blurb I felt this could have been fantastic. All in all I would say if you’re a die hard vampire fan and are looking for a hint of instalove with your bite this is the book for you. It has potential to be a charming afternoon read if that’s your criteria.
Rated 3 stars by Faye