Review: Lyssa Dering – Fangs Like Me

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Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: NineStar Press
Genre: Paranormal

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary:

Lane, a newborn vampire, still feels the pain of betrayal. Two years ago, a faithless boyfriend took his life, and now, Lane’s Maker has also left him behind. The pain of separation burns strong when all Lane wants are arms to hold him and enough warm blood to satisfy his voracious appetite. At a shifter party, Lane is drawn to a hunky Alpha werewolf who tries to console him.

Parker is more than a thoughtless hookup. Since his family disowned him for finding boys just as hot as girls, all he wants is someone to love and look after. The sweet little vamp calls to his protective instincts, but he sure is jumpy. Cuddling with boys is new and delicious, but when this boy also wants him as a food source, things get complicated.

Vampires and shifters aren’t supposed to get along, and Parker’s rough dominance triggers bad memories for Lane. But Parker’s wolf wants Lane, and he knows he can give Lane what he needs. Can Lane learn to navigate his past and give the thing growing between them a chance? Or will the very real possibilities of heartache, abandonment, and even death, keep them apart?

Review:

Lane is a young vampire who is stressed and in pain after his Maker left for a summit out of country. To distract himself, Lane goes to a shifter party where he comes across alpha wolf Parker. Lane is still recovering from his last relationship, which literally killed him, so he runs away before he and Parker can get too series. But Parker is sure they could be great, so he pursues Lane and gradually persuades him to try a relationship. But can Lane get over his past and control his still new desire to feed on the blood of others? And can Parker come to terms with his family’s lack of acceptance and bond with a being that can’t feel the bonding as a shifter would?

This was a sweet book, for all its moments of angst. Lane was a believable character, who had survived a horrible experience and now has to come to terms with a life that will stretch into eternity. It was nice to see he had support with his vampire den, and while they caused some angst, on the whole I liked both the good and the bad interactions with them. My favorite character was his friend, Heather, who hosted the shifter parties he attended. She was a cat shifter who was dating a mouse shifter, and let me tell you I loved that idea. She was so kind, strong, and supportive. She was good for both Lane and Parker, and was a support for both of them when they were in the middle of a Misunderstanding. Lane and Parker’s relationship grew at a good pace, and when they were communicating I thought they were a sweet couple.

Now, I enjoy interesting interpretations of magic creatures. In this book, the interesting interpretation of vampires was that all fluids (saliva, sweat, semen, etc.) were replaced with blood. Honestly, I’m on the fence about it since I like unique details like that but… it wasn’t really sexy? The only times Lane really sweat were during sex, and it was stated that covering sheets with plastic was a necessity to cut down on replacing stained sheets. The consistency here was nice, the fact that being a vampire had interesting complications was nice, but the image of the main couple literally covered in blood during sex wasn’t so nice.
There were some other things I wasn’t fond of in this book, but mostly they were small details. For example, I wanted more of Lane’s Maker, Theo. His story line wrapped up nicely, yes, but it was a bit rushed. But since I liked that they actually figured things out, I was willing to forgive this. Also, I’m not sure about Parker. On one hand, he was the stereotypical possessive alpha wolf you see so often, one who doesn’t listen well to explanations and who makes snap decisions that aren’t necessarily based in logic. On the other hand, he was a perfect gentleman when it counted. When Lane was unsure or uncomfortable Parker always asked if he was ok and what needed to change so Lane would be comfortable. When Lane asked for things to slow down or stop, Parker listened. He may have internally complained a little, but he always stopped and didn’t complain to Lane. The later was so refreshing to see in a genre where alpha characters so often don’t listen or care. In the end, he was good when it mattered so he tentatively got my stamp of approval.

On the whole, I would recommend this book to fans of shifter and vampire books, particularly if you are looking for a book with just a touch of angst.

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