Saturday, November 12, 2011

Reluctant Partnerships

Title: Reluctant Partnerships
Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-164-3
Genre: {M/M} with some {F/F}, Paranormal Vampire Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

The war’s been over for two years and life is settling down for the vampires and wizards who fought it.  They’re still learning what being partners means and research is going on at l’Institut Marcel Chavinier, focusing on their bonds. But things aren’t as quiet as they thought. Detective Adèle Rougier finds Pascale Auboussu, a young woman who was attacked and turned against her will.  They have a rogue vampire to deal with and Raymond and Denis Langlois, the chief vampire of the area, is afraid the crime will turn public opinion against them. 

It’s imperative the vampire responsible be found but Denis is distracted by a young Canadian wizard, Martin, who could be his potential partner. Except he’s having trouble letting go of his feelings for his long deceased lover, but Denis can’t deny his attraction to Martin either. And Adèle has to deal with feelings for a female, for the first time in her life. When Martin is attacked, Denis realizes what he almost lost, but will he be forgiven and can they find the attacker before he turns someone else? 

Reluctant Partnerships is a spinoff but according to Ariel Tachna’s blog, it’s considered release six of the Partnership in Blood series. Due to the close relationships of the returning characters, I recommend they be read in sequential order. 

The world building in this series has been awesome and it’s continued with this newest release. Overall the story is well written, it has a complicated plot with a smooth flow and good descriptions. There is plenty of conflict and danger, sex, desire, passion, and continuing friendships. Add to that some interesting but important new characters in Denis, Martin and Pascale and you have everything needed for an entertaining and enjoyable read. Did I mention that there’s plenty of hot sex going on between not just the established couples but the new ones too?

Then there’s the rogue vampire turning people against their will. It’s a great plot thread and it runs throughout the story and is the force that propels the story forward. Ms. Tachna threw in several nice twists and turns, one of which was the truth behind why Denis was so strong for a vampire of his young age…look for that one…it’s a goodie. While Adèle and Pascale are an interesting couple, I really like Denis and Martin and hope to see more about them in a future release.

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