Friday, September 14, 2012

Loving Instincts

Author: S.J. Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-7183
Genre: {M/M} Vampire Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Human Andreas Nikandros is finally ready to take the steps to bond with vampire Titus Antonius Calidus for all of eternity. The only regret Andreas has is leaving his beloved lion, Dakarai, at the zoo in addition to his human best friend and fellow zoologist Carl behind. However, fate has a way of changing things for the greater good.

Loving Instincts is the third book in the amazing Instincts series. In this episode, political change in the vampire aristocracy is featured, plus a return visit of the engaging characters first introduced in the first book Natural Instincts. The detailed plot gives a background summary of all of the characters from the first book making it easy to read as a stand alone. However, Loving Instincts is so much more enjoyable if you read the series in sequence.

Loving Instincts highlights the ritual of turning a human into a vampire, as well as the reasons for doing so. With Andreas and Titus, the ceremony mirrors a marriage, two souls becoming one bonded by love. The plot also features bonding their pets. Andreas is a zoologist specializing in cats, so it is only natural that he would have a fondness for a lion that he raised from a cub. Dak becomes very moody when Andreas is absent from the zoo for too long. His Maine Coon house cats Lynx and Hemingway also have very distinct personalities. Titus, who denies he is fond of cats, can often be found with Lynx in his arms or lap. Though the pets are bonded to their owners, they still retain their same personalities including giving an early warning when something is amiss.  The secondary characters are just as colorful as the main characters and pets. The hilarious interactions with each other illustrate the close friendship bond they share.

S.J. Frost has created an excellent installment filled with humor, characters that are so alive it is almost impossible to believe them fictional. Exceptional displays of very sensual lovemaking are breathtaking. I thoroughly enjoyed this saga.

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