Book Review: Don’t Drink the Holy Water by Bailey Bradford

Guest Reviewed by Morgan

26891839Title: Don’t Drink the Holy Water
Author: Bailey Bradford
Series: The Vamp For Me #4
Heroes: West/Axel
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 134 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Being left for dead sure has a way of changing a man.

All West wanted was one night of fun. He’d taken on the responsibility of raising his younger siblings after their parents died, had done so out of love, but he was a young man and he just wanted a chance to live like one for a few hours.

It almost cost him his life. It certainly meant his life was changed forever, and along with his life, the lives of his siblings. They were all exposed to a secret world they’d never known existed. Vampires.

Human children living alongside vampires…seemed unusual. Claude, the coven leader who saved West and his brothers and sisters, doesn’t have accommodations for kids. He finds one coven in the country that does, and sets about making a home there for West and his family. Before he sends West away, West meets an intriguing man, Axel, whom he encounters again months later. The attraction between them is strong, but there is more to consider than just how sexy Axel is.

Nothing in life is easy, whether you’re a vampire or a human.

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to sexual assault and violence.

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Review: West is 27 and the sole parent of his siblings who are a decade or more younger than him. He’s been doing the best he can to provide a safe and secure family for them and that doesn’t leave a lot of time for a love life. He’s decided it’s time to shed his virginity and goes out one night seeking company.

Instead of finding Mr. Right or even Mr. Right Now, he finds himself being attacked and left for dead. Luckily, Claude, a vampire, finds him and converts him to save his life.

When West wakes up, he doesn’t know if he’s happy to be “alive” or wishes he were dead. If it weren’t for his brothers and sisters, he knows he might not do what it takes to survive. The whole blood thing is hard for him to adapt to.

After several months, he’s finally ready to leave his maker and join a more “family friendly” coven in Portland. But before he goes, he meets Axel – a pro Sand Racer – while fending off zombies!

Axel doesn’t know what to make of West. He’s shy, but brave; odd, but he doesn’t quite know why he thinks that; hot, but humble. What he does know he likes and he wants to know more.

The first obstacle between Axel and West is geography- they don’t live in the same town. Then there’s West’s shyness and awkwardness – West has to believe in himself enough to let Axel in. Finally, there’s the whole vampire thing… well that’s pretty big.

Eventually Axel has to choose – commit forever to West or forget him entirely. That’s a lot to decide in a week!

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Bailey Bradford is a delight! I love her paranormal worlds. She’s a master at giving us creative characters, interesting world building and super-hot sex scenes.

Her vampires are pretty traditional, though not monsters. There isn’t an “insta-love/mate” thing, but once you’ve found your mate, all the same rules apply.

West is freaking adorable. He’s a shy virgin on one hand, but so eager to experience the world that he lets himself go. Axel is a great compliment to his personality and they make a great couple.

I really enjoyed this and highly recommend it, the series and the author. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but the series has overlapping characters for added depth.

Overall Impression: I loved it

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

 

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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