Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Holding on to the Past

Title: Holding on to the Past
Author: Christie Gordon
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-851-2
Genre: {M/M} Vampires
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Vampire Sebastian takes his vampire mate, Julian, to meet Sebastian’s father, as well as visit with Nikolai, a human child rescued from Julian’ former coven after the death of the evil queen. Julian is very fond of Nikolai so Sebastian asks his father for permission to adopt the human child.

Holding on to the Past is the second book in the In Life and Blood series. The plot is interesting, although slow moving. The queen’s chevaliers are out for revenge against Sebastian and Julian. The intimacy scenes do not express love between the characters, plus I was not altogether sure how the vampires travelled; I can only assume the vampires could fly. The characters exhibited traits found more so in a male/female genre. Moreover, the characters did not engage my attention. Sebastian displays emotional weakness by means of numerous crying attacks. His fears present him as having low self esteem. Julian obeys Sebastian’s every dictate, which overshadows Julian’s individuality. There is action towards the end of the story, which added interest. There are elements of BDSM imbedded in the story that were not mentioned in the publisher’s excerpt. Readers who like placid storylines will find Christie Gordon’s Holding on to the Past enjoyable.

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