Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Title: Blacque/Bleu
Author: Belinda McBride
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-866-2
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Lukas Blacque’s attraction to his neighbor, Oliver Bleu, is as deeply closeted as the fact that he’s gay. It’s a secret he doesn’t want to become pack knowledge. When his father approaches him about preparing him for the future and his desire for grand pups, Lukas feels he has an obligation to his pack to do as requested.

Bleu has admired the well muscled werewolf from afar for years. Battling insomnia has taken a toll on the vamp’s body. But after an encounter, Blacque makes an offer that Bleu would be a fool to refuse. An offer for blood!

One passionate encounter turns into a weekend they will never forget. Blacque is honor bound to follow through with his plans. And Bleu’s past is finally catching up with him and wants either his submission or his life.

Will the men find a way to form a lasting bond before it’s too late?

Blacque/Bleu is Belinda McBride’s current release and part of the Celebrating "Coming Out Day" 2010 series. The story is about facing your demons, acceptance and finding love. Blacque’s sheer size and power frightens most of the people around him. He keeps to himself and has qualities so unlike the wolves around him that I could understand his apprehension to come out and to share time with the pack. It was nice to see him find his place among those in his community. Bleu shares the same characteristic. He has taken the time to understand his town and its inhabitants. It was a thing of beauty to watch as Bleu and Blacque allowed their attraction to surface and finally acted on it. Pure raw passion exploded off the pages and a deeply rooted desire for love, devotion and a mate blossomed and refused to allow this couple to truly walk away.

Ms. McBride’s writing style is flawless. She pulled me into the fast-paced story with wonderfully detailed characters, a seamless plot and the well-developed storyline. The characters were flawed but believable, in spite of being paranormals.

Blacque/Bleu is a mixture of action, suspense, drama, tiny dashes of humor and breathlessly erotic scenes. From the intimate moments of sharing between Bleu and Blacque to the exquisite fight scenes, I was on the edge of my seat from the first paragraph and the story refused to let me go until the last sentence. I wouldn’t complain if a few more stories about the inhabitants of Arcada were published. In fact, I would be ecstatic if they are in the works.

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