Waterhouse. (Blood Bond, Bk. 1) Oct. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781642630121. pap. $15.99. EROTICA
In New Orleans, a mysterious, bloodthirsty presence seeks sustenance and finds solace in a beautiful nurse. Dante Gabriel has been held captive for ten years by an evil vampire queen who drained and abused him; she even made him drink her blood, a highly unnatural act in the vampire world. His first savior is Erin Hamilton, who loves working the night shift and can't avoid Dante's allure, even when she knows she should. This opening volume combines books one through three of the "Blood Bond" saga. Book 1 explores the origins of Dante's relationship with Erin, made all the more complicated by their vampire/human dynamic. Book 2 expands on the mysteries of Dante's capture, and the couple's emerging, unique vampire/human bond that surprises them both but renders their physical attraction inescapable. In the third book, as Erin gains odd abilities and Dante starts losing his senses, events fall into place that lead the vampire to suspect that some of his family hold grim secrets relating to his abduction. Hardt (Craving; Unraveled) weaves a dark, intoxicating tale, treading the familiar vampire path with erotic twists and turns.
VERDICT Aside from a slightly gory introduction, this lengthy volume is a solid and deeply felt contribution to paranormal erotica.

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