Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Vampire’s Prisoner
Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Heroes: Alex Somerville/Raphael Lefevre
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 61 Pages
Publisher: Scarlet Blackwell
Release Date: June 6, 2015
Available at: Smashwords
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Doctor Alex Somerville has a fascination for all things paranormal. He arranges for a captured French vampire to be brought to his Victorian London home, where he plans to study the creature for a scientific paper. Arriving unconscious and burned by the sun, Raphael Lefevre’s survival as a lab specimen appears in doubt. But a vampire’s recuperative powers are legendary, and soon Raphael is making it clear that he is none too pleased by his situation. It’s not long before he sets about seducing Alex. Will Raphael be able to turn the tables and make Alex into the vampire’s prisoner?
Review: Raphael is a centuries old French vampire who was captured to be the subject of Alex, a doctor who wants to study vampires and write a paper to be published. This was a short story but it was fast-paced and full of pertinent information. You hate Alex at first. He comes across as an uncaring, sex crazed psychotic doctor who has no regard for anyone or anything. You ached for Raphael, even though he is about 600 years old, as he appears as a pathetic and damaged man. I wasn’t sure I would like the story at first but then it just took off.
Alex is really not a nice man, but he is just a social klutz who has no idea how to relate to people and all he wants is someone to love him. He does the only thing he knows and uses people and his assistant’s body. It wasn’t pretty, but then neither was the story promoted as a piece of fluff. Raphael is injured and useless if he dies, so Alex does the only thing he knows to try and save the vampire…bring him blood.
What wasn’t expected was how fast the vampire healed and went from pathetic to lethal….and a fully aroused sexual predator. This is a paranormal so the suspension of realism is expected, but it went a bit over the line when Alex voluntarily placed himself within the reach of the monster that swore to kill him if he got his hands on him. I was thinking he was being mind controlled by Raphael, but it never went there so I just imposed my beliefs. The sex between the good doctor and sexy vampire was really hot. I wasn’t expecting the vampire to kill him or the story would have been listed as horror and not romance, but I didn’t expect it to end the way it did…and that was a good thing.
I love vampire stories, I love gay romance, I love Scarlet Blackwell books, so this was very typical and such a “me” book that I easily forgot the parts that didn’t work and focused on what I liked…and I liked a lot.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*