Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Temper Sanguine
Author: Lou Harper
Series: Sanguine #2
Heroes: Gabe & Harvey
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Length: 213 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: “One bite won t kill you. Unless it does. ”
Gabe Vadas’s slayer ancestors would be spinning in their graves if they knew that not only is his boss a vampire, so is his lover. But that lover, Harvey Feng, is cooking something up in his lab that he seems reluctant to disclose.
The secrets they keep from each other and the nightmares they share are driving a wedge between them.
Harvey fell off the vegetarian wagon with one taste of his lover’s blood. Except recently it’s been having some unusual and disturbing side effects. And he fears their connection has awakened something dark and dangerous.
Sent to New York City to help the new top vamp clean up the mess the old one left behind, Gabe finds more than a few stray feral vampires. A doctor with a dubious history is hell-bent on creating a new race of unkillable bloodsuckers.
The investigation takes Gabe and Harvey across an ocean, and deep into the past. Where they discover demons that have the power to reach across the centuries to destroy them both.
Warning: Contains a tasty Hungarian goulash of dirty boys doing dirty things, bilingual dirty talk, evil scientists, shifty-eyed lab assistants, fun with lab rats, and smexy times in romantic Old Europe. “Jo etvagyat! ”
Temper Sanguine is a great addition to the Sanguine series.
Gabe and Harvey are back and Gabe’s vampire mob boss is sending them to New York to assist with an investigation that leads them to more ferals and the scientist creating them.
Harvey is still madly working on his tonic: the shared dreams and other strange superpowers happening between him and Gabe are starting to really freak him out and Harvey is more desperate than ever to find a solution…
This was a fun book, even though it was a lot more angsty than the first one. Gabe and Harvey have been together for about a year and lately, the only time they can really connect is when they have sex. Harvey is keeping secrets about his tonic and Gabe is keeping secrets about how he really feels for Harvey. So there are a lot of changes going on in their relationship and barriers they must overcome if they want to be happy together. I feel like there was a lot of growth in both characters, but there is still plenty of room for their relationship to improve. I still think there is something blocking me from fully connecting with either character. I mean, I like them both, but I don’t feel too strongly for them. Its like I’m still waiting for that moment where I can’t get enough of them…that hasn’t happened yet.
I think my biggest difficulty with the story was following all the new characters introduced. I’m horrible with names and these names were a bit complicated for me to keep straight. So I found myself having to flip back to refresh my memory. Plus, since this book pretty much continues the mystery arc started in the first book, many characters from Spirit Sanguine are mentioned here, and trust me…the plot thickens. In a good way. I think that’s my favorite thing about this series: how all the smaller story plots are connected to one big mystery and how each book gives us another little piece to the puzzle.
There are so many things I still want to know…about Gabe, about Harvey and about where they will end up next.
Overall Impression: I Liked It
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*