Friday, December 10, 2010

A Different Breed

Title: A Different Breed
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Amber Allure
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ISBN: 978-1-61124-025-2
Genre: {M/M} Vampire
Rating: Golden Blush Award
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Josh is on a mission to kill all vampires. When Josh encounters vampire Richard in a bookstore, purchasing a fantasy novel, Josh follows Richard into the woods where an exchange of blows occur. Richard’s fist smashed into Josh’s jaw. Much later, Josh awakens to find himself in Richard’s home without any bite marks on his body. Instead of death threats, Richard acted like a civilized host, serving herbal tea while he and a wary Josh have a chat. This wasn’t how things were supposed to go, Josh mused.

A Different Breed is a spectacular romance that certainly lives up to the title. The structured plot is well written, as well as having a fluid pace. The storyline exemplifies a blend of wittiness, emotional interaction between characters and intrigue, with a hint of religious overtones. The characters are believable. Josh is not your average hunter; Josh is a brash, strong, no nonsense man who has a surprisingly natural ability to track vampires with a relentless cold precision. His abusive upbringing plus his loss at the hands of an evil vampire has hardened Josh, along with setting him on a personal mission to destroy all vampires. Josh believes “the only good vamp’s a dead vamp” until he meets Richard. Josh is immediately attracted to Richard; Josh condemns his feelings, yet he cannot resist Richard’s magnetism. Richard is an extremely loveable vampire. He is polite, considerate of others in addition to a protector of those he cares for. However, Richard does not hesitate to use his strength in battles with an adversary.

There is a special bond between Richard and Josh. The impressive love scenes demonstrate Josh and Richard’s sensual personality that had been in short supply for both of them and is now replenished in each other’s loving touch. Richard offers the stability Josh never had, while Josh offers the emotional healing Richard desperately needs.

Angel Martinez has created a magnificent story. A Different Breed is a thoroughly enjoyable saga, as well as an absolute must read for fans of gay fiction.


Catherine Bybee said...

What a wonderful, spot on review.

Chocolate Minx said...

It's a really beautiful story, very creative characters.