Friday, January 9, 2015


Title: Stirrings
Author: D. J. Manly
Publisher: Amber Allure
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ISBN: 978-1-61124-716-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

The strain is mounting between Pascal and London in their work, as well as their personal relationship. The case of murdered humans by what appears to be vampires is causing dangerously emotional clashes. New information reveals that the homicides are only the beginning of what is in store for the Spectrum Island.

Stirrings is the second book in the Spectrum Skies series. The theme of the storyline is a romantic mystery with a political twist. The history of the island illustrates the humans as the invaders plus the typical actions of power-hungry trespassers. The humans want to change the laws to protect themselves against the residents they intruded upon. Another focus of the plot is the discrimination generated by a small group of humans. I got the impression that jealous envy is the motivation for their hatred.  The characters are believable.

Captain London Weaver, the head of the Human Enforcers, and Captain Pascal St-Maurice, is the head of the Specs Enforcers. Humans are called breathers; the paranormal residents are called specs.

London has a dominant personality, yet he is plagued by emotional insecurity because he denies Pascal the natural vampire ritual of biting during intimacy. London desires to be Pascal’s lover not a blood slave. The main problem London has is lack of knowledge about vampires in general and Pascal in particular.

Pascal prides himself on always being in control of his body. Pascal has many admirers; he could have more than a few willing blood slaves. However it is only during an emergency that Pascal will feed from anyone. By choice Pascal drinks packaged blood, he has never asked London to feed him.

D. J. Manly has created an exciting saga that I enjoyed immensely. The engaging characters are fictional, but the poignant plot is exceptionally realistic. 

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