Book Review: Embraced by Nicholas Bella

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: Embraced
Author: Nicholas Bella
Series: Chained in Darkness #1
Heroes: Noel/Theoden
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 36 Pages
Publisher: Nicholas Bella
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  I’ve been betrayed by someone I trusted. Because of him, I was captured by my loathed enemy: The vampires. Right now, the sun is still high in the sky, but I know when it sets, I’m as good as dead. They can’t wait to get their fangs into me. I guess some would say I have it coming. I did raise a lot of hell with my Resistance crew, and I was planning on raising a hell of a lot more at dawn before I was sold out by Jonah. The vampires, werewolves and dragons, have been trying to track me down for months and I’d always been two steps ahead of them.

*Laughs* I guess my number is up. I just hope they make it quick. You see, the vampires in my reality aren’t the romantic lot you read about in books. They don’t sparkle or hang out at high schools with their teenage girlfriends. Hell no, vampires are brutal, calculating, sadistic and bloodthirsty. As a matter of fact, all of the monsters are! That’s how they were able to take over the world so easily and change an entire civilization to suit their needs. Whatever happens, I know it’s not going to be pretty, so I’m preparing myself for the worst. May God help me.

Warning: This novelette series contains hardcore sexual situations between men, not meant for sensitive eyes. I’m talking crude, lewd and full of attitude. This series will most likely either offend you or get ya revved up. This series isn’t going to be pulling any punches whatsoever, so you’ve been warned. Mature Adult Content meant for readers looking for something dark, taboo, sexy, and unapologetic in their paranormal erotica. This is NOT a romance.


Review: This is one, dare I say, delightful dark treat. Noel has been fighting with the Resistance, against the Vampires and other creatures who have basically taken over, being the more powerful species. Unfortunately, he was sold out by someone he trusted and has been captured by the Vampires. As punishment, rather than a swift death he had hoped for, Noel is given to one of the more powerful Vampires, Theoden, who turns him into the very thing he despises and has fought against, and basically makes him his pet.

I’d like to say Noel is the star here, but honestly, Theoden steals the show. He is what he is – a bad ass vampire who takes what he wants for himself. He has control over those he turns and already maintains a small harem for himself. He turns Noel and intends to break and use him until he understands his new place.

Noel fights his new vampire tendencies as much as possible, but there is only so much he can do, and that’s without much interference from Theoden. He is forced to feed and kill his best friend, which is only the beginning of his torment. Theoden has many many creative ideas of torture in his repertoire, and he leaves no doubt he will not hesitate to use them when necessary to enforce his rules.

This first installment sets the stage for what is to come and gives a real sense of how things are going to be. There are no frilly love scenes. You get a sense that Noel will eventually have feelings for Theoden, but you really don’t know for sure, especially given Theoden’s overall nature, which we only really get a glimpse of at this point.

The story is fast-paced, and while it is short, there is a lot packed in. This is a serial, so we will get short installments, hopefully fairly quickly. It ends before things really get going, but the next segment is right around the corner.

Nicholas has given us a dark erotic, no holds barred, paranormal fantasy almost dystopian in nature. A place where Vampires and other creatures are higher on the totem pole and make no bones about it. I could not read this fast enough and could not wait to get my hands on the next one. I want more! More Theoden/Noel/other vamps, more about the other creatures, definitely more of the intense sexy scenes that are sure to come, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

Overall Impression: I loved it!

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Debut Authors, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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One thought on “Book Review: Embraced by Nicholas Bella

  1. Just got it! 😀

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