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Review: Michael (Blood & Sex #1) by Angela Cameron

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Blood & Sex: Michael by Angela CameronBlood & Sex Volume 1: Michael
Angela Cameron

Published: May 2009
Purchase at: The Book Depository or Amazon

Rating (out of 5): 3 stars

Angela Cameron has my attention. The woman can write one well-crafted and steamy love scene. That is the standout element in Blood & Sex: Michael.

In the opening novel in Cameron’s Blood & Sex series, we find Detective Victoria Tyler investigating a serial killer, and the murders are leading her back to the vampire mafia. Somehow Tori is in the know about the vampires without being one of their human slaves. This means two things: one, she has an in to find the killer if enforcer Michael will still help her (she tried to kill him) and, two, the vampires have marked Tori to either be made one of theirs or killed.

I’m keeping this review spoiler-free, but know that there is more between Tori and Michael than just the investigation and sparks will fly. The vampires dabble in bondage, and Michael wants to help Tori let go for once. Not something she’s inclined to do. It is nice to see the male lead in the novel so focused on love, while we find Tori fighting it throughout. (Read: Don’t let the bondage part make you think this one isn’t a love story. It is.)

The concept of a vampire mafia sounds fresh. When combined with the element of a local policewoman who is in-the-know and is investigating a serial killer that’s likely vampire, though, the book feels more like an echo of old Anita Blake novels — but with way better interactions between our lead characters in romantic settings.

That said, though, I really enjoyed reading the book. It was quick, fun read with hot sex scenes and I have a feeling that was Cameron’s real goal. I’m curious to see if she can build the vampire mafia elements into something truly unique through the next two novels. (Despite it’s flaws, I want to read more of the Blood & Sex series.)

Finally, I found myself liking several of the characters including our leading lady Tori and Michael’s right-hand man Jonas. The latter gets his own story in the second Blood & Sex novel.

If you are seeking a quick, steamy read and accept the Anita Blake echo, Blood & Sex: Michael is worth picking up.

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3 Responses to “Review: Michael (Blood & Sex #1) by Angela Cameron”

  1. Louise says:

    Cool! Thanks for an interesting review. Adding to my “to read” list. :)

  2. Kristy Jo says:

    I really like the Anita Blake books, so this author sounds like a good read. Especially if her sex scenes are really good, like you mentioned. Thanks for the info!

  3. Jan says:

    I just read Michael and Jonas by this author. Though there is a bit of an Anita Blake echo, I think these stories are more obviously akin to J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. I won’t say more than that, however, so as not to spoil the fun of noticing the blatant similarities. :)

    I agree with the review that the book is a “quick, fun read with hot sex scenes.” I enjoyed both, and I plan to read Blood and Sex: Blane soon.

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