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.