Monday, October 10, 2011

Enduring Instincts

Title: Enduring Instincts
Author: S.J. Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-452-6
Genre: {M/M} Vampires, Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx  

Vampire Daniel Valente is in an emotionally dark place after returning to England.  Surviving a vampire battle has caused Daniel’s past fears to be resurrected.  Fortunately, the two vampires Daniel trust come to his rescue again, Daniel’s sire Titus and Ryunosuke, the man Daniel finally realizes is his eternal mate.   

Enduring Instincts is the second book in the excellent Instincts Series.  The well written plot is emotionally gripping with illustrations of jealousy, loneliness, suspense, humor, loveable interaction and exquisite sensuality.  The storyline also gives a detailed description of Ryu’s human history, as well as the relationship between Titus and Ryu.   The in depth characters fully immerse the reader into the illustrious vampire society.  Daniel is charismatic with a touch of snarky, deceptively strong, intelligent and musically talented.  Because of his connection to Titus, an Ancient, Daniel has always been wary of other vampires who may view Daniel as a way to move up in vampire status.  This is especially true now that Daniel is attempting to live independently of Titus.   

Ryu has secretly loved Daniel for hundreds of years, yet he refuses to reveal his love without receiving some recognition from Daniel that the love is returned.  Ryu is a stubborn and honorable samurai.  However, Ryu’s code of honor is no match for Titus’ gift of persuasion when Titus request Ryu’s help in protecting Daniel. The element of suspense is exhibited when a fanatical vampire attempts to turn his delusions of grandeur into a reality. The characters from Natural Instincts are skillfully blended into Enduring Instincts; even Andreas’ cats, Lynx and Hemingway, make an appearance.

S.J. Frost has a gift for creating captivating sophisticated vampires with an exceptionally distinctive quality of humanity. Reading Enduring Instincts is equivalent to indulging in vastly pleasurable decadent visualizations.

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