Review: Scanguard Vampires by Tina Folsom (Books 1 – 3)

1 Nov

Digital Boxed Set of Scanguards Vampires by Tina Folsom
Self-published (Jan. 2011)
ebook: $9.99
BNID: 2940012382146

I normally avoid self-published books because I’ve had awful experiences with them. I don’t remember what caused me to pick up this compilation, but I had fun with it and thought I’d share.

Samson’s Lovely Mortal (Book 1)

Favorite Lines: “In lightning speed, he shoved his useless male equipment back into his pants and zipped up.” (p. 19)

Vampire bachelor Samson can’t get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there’s nothing wrong with his hydraulics – that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms.

His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it’s the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.

However, another attack on Delilah and a dead body later, and Samson has his hands full: not only with trying to hide the fact he’s a vampire, but also with finding out what secrets Delilah harbors for somebody to want her harm.

Erotic romance with a touch of vampires is what you’ll get when you pick up book one in Tina Folsom’s Scanguard series. From the first line, “Let me suck your cock” to the final chapter, there are sex scenes involving a variety of people. The story is focused on the hero and heroine, but at times its lens widens to encompass the hero of book two, Amaury’s Hellion.

The sex is the explicit type written to make the reader clench her thighs closed. The story line is supposed to be driven by suspense, but it felt pretty weak. If I hadn’t been interested in the hero’s inability to have sex until he met his heroine, I would have put it down. Regardless, I was sucked into it and wanted to know about the secondary characters.

Amaury’s Hellion (Book 2)

Favorite Lines: “Soon, his fangs would dig into her vein and he would drink from her, while he impaled her on his shaft.” (p. 593)

Vampire Amaury LeSang is cursed to feel everybody’s emotions like a permanent migraine. The only way to alleviate the pain is through sex. When he meets the feisty human woman Nina, a cure for his ailment seems within reach: in her presence, all pain vanishes.

Unfortunately, Nina is out to kill him because she believes he’s involved in her brother’s death. And she would succeed if only Amaury’s bad boy charm didn’t play havoc with her hormones and catapult her into his arms and his bed every time she is near him.

As every kiss brings them physically closer, danger is lurking and threatens to destroy the little trust they have in each other.

Book two takes us deeper into the Scanguard vampire world. Lovely, passion filled sex scenes and interesting characters are paired with another thin plot. The bad guy is introduced and it is immediately clear who is creating havoc. The biggest problem for me was not really liking the heroine Nina. Nina kicks ass and asks questions way to late. She doesn’t know how she feels. One minute she’s kissing Amaury, the next she’s trying to kill him. It became old rather quickly, but thank goodness Nina is a sucker for love. I’ve got to admit that despite making me dislike Nina, the author stuck to her guns and kept Nina true to character. Nina was never a heroine the hero could set on the sofa and come back an hour later to find her still sitting there.

Amaury is a tortured hero who deserves to be happy. I’m not usually a fan of my romance heroes shacking up with random women. In book one, there’s a scene which showcased how Amaury liked his sex–rough. I wasn’t surprised to see that is normal for him and it didn’t bother me to read about oral sex being performed on him before he met the heroine. I wanted him to have what Samson in book one had: a lover turned mate who adored him. I got that, so I’m happy.

Gabriel’s Mate (Book three)

Favorite Lines: “She knew now that there was only one man who could douse the fire in her body: Gabriel.” (p. 878)

After Maya is turned into a vampire against her will, vampire and Scanguards bodyguard Gabriel is charged with protecting her and finding her attacker.

Gabriel has never guarded a body as perfect as Maya’s. Moreover, Maya’s enticing blend of vulnerability and strength is difficult to resist. Yet resist he must. Even as the sexual tension between them rises and the rogue vampire closes in on them, Gabriel refuses to give into his desire. Despite the intimacies they share, Gabriel fears that if he ever reveals himself fully to her, Maya will react like other women have, running from him, and calling him a monster, a freak, a creature not worth her love.

Will Maya prove to be the one female who cherishes all that Gabriel is?

One of the most intriguing aspects of book three is the mystery surrounding Gabriel’s “odd” appendage that grossed women out so bad he had to pay for sex. It about drove me crazy trying to figure it out. Once I did, well…let’s just say the room heated. I loved the twist, but I noticed several people on GoodReads did not.  The story is pretty well thought out. Maya needs help. She gets it in the most unexpected ways. I liked her and Gabriel  which made the success of their relationship important to me. Toward the end of the book, the author removed any obstacles which may have prevented the couple from having a happy ending. It was extremely convenient, but it didn’t really bother me.

I was surprised to see who the “bad” guy was simply based on his role in previous books. His obsession seemed odd, but it certainly made things exciting. Parts of the story were pretty predictable and over the top, but I still enjoyed Gabriel’s Mate. I even want to know more about a few of the secondary characters like Yvette and Zane.

Book four, Yvette’s Haven, is available for purchase.

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