Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Riley’s Vampire Prince
Author: Jess Buffett
Series: Hunter Clan #2
Heroes: Riley McLeod/Caleb Vaucluse
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 102 Pages
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Release Date: May 22, 2013
Available at: Siren Bookstrand, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Riley McLeod has never gotten over the loss of his family to murderous Vampires, and often hides behind his sarcasm and carefree attitude. So imagine his shock when he discovers he is not only mated to one, but his mate is the Prince of the Vaucluse Coven.
When Caleb Vaucluse arrived at the Hunter Clan, he never expected to meet his mate. His joy soon turns to devastation when he learns that Riley fears him. Caleb struggles to get passed Riley’s defenses and prove that they are meant to be. Unfortunately just as they come together, pride and old wounds prove hard to overcome for the pair, and threaten to tear them apart for good.
As an enemy is revealed and more questions are raised, Caleb and Riley have choice to make. Do they keep their pride and stand alone, or stand together and embrace the love fate gave to them?
This one was hard for me to enjoy. I absolutely adored Riley in the previous book, The Kayan’s Mage, so I was really looking forward to his book with Caleb. Unfortunately, while I still liked the characters, I just didn’t like the execution of the story.
Riley is a very emotional guy but he spins that emotion out into sarcasm and snarky comments. At the same time, when he finds someone he loves, he wants to make them happy and please them. When Caleb and Riley meet, it’s hate at first sight. Riley doesn’t want to be claimed and Caleb can’t figure out why his mate is so hostile towards him. Still, there’s the underlining tension and attraction between them that pulls them together. It was amusing to see Caleb make the same mistake over and over with Riley and still not learn why Riley was upset.
At the same time, that was one of my issues. While I found the fact that Caleb couldn’t seem to realize what his actions did to Riley, I found it a tad annoying because it happened a few times and each time Caleb would finally realize why Riley was angry at him, Caleb would be shocked by his actions and act like he had no clue, even though it would be pretty much the same reason each time. Still, half the time, I didn’t really blame Caleb for Riley going into a snit, even though everyone else would blame Caleb. I felt bad for the poor guy because it was always his fault somehow according to everyone else.
Another thing I didn’t like was that there was so much sex. Yes, I should be used to it by now and usually that doesn’t affect my enjoyment that much but in this book, sex was used as a way not to talk. I felt like every time Riley and Caleb would make up, instead of actually talking through it all, they would have sex. Not to mention that whenever they had a fight, had sex or made up, it was almost ALWAYS in front of an audience as if they were never alone or couldn’t take their personal problems into their own room. It really bugged me because after a fight, there was always someone around to sarcastically tell Caleb ‘nice going’ or after they just had sex, there would be someone around smirking or snickering.
In the end, while I still enjoyed the characters, I didn’t exactly love the conflict around them. The story deals heavily with misunderstandings between Caleb and Riley and how they learn to accept each other and their faults. There’s also a little mystery into the vampires that attacked them in the first book, so at least that storyline continues. Granted, that only leads to more questions because of what is discovered and the twist related to that. With that said, while I didn’t exactly like this one, I’ll still continue the series because I feel like it’s just now starting to pick up with the side plots.
Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*