Review: Blood Secret by Sharon Page

16 Apr

Blood Secret by Sharon Page
Kennsington (April 1, 2012)
Trade: $14; ebook: $11.99
ISBN: 9780758250957

Favorite Lines: “You have the most lush and beautiful arse I’ve ever seen. I would love to give you an orgasm by pleasuring it.” (p. 60)

Lucy Drake is prepared to do all she must to save her family from financial ruin, even if that means giving herself as a sexual plaything to the Duke of Greystone for two weeks. Desperate to keep her ability to shape-shift into dragon form a secret, she has no idea that Greystone, too, has secrets.

A vampire highly skilled in the ways of erotic pleasure, he plans to seduce the knowledge of his missing nephew’s whereabouts from Lucy. Once he has his nephew back, he is sworn to destroy all shape-shifting dragons, including Lucy and her family. But after fourteen nights of sexual delights, will he defy his oath and give in to love with the woman of his dreams?

Warning: Expect tons of hot, kinky sex. If that’s not what you’re looking for don’t pick up the book. It’s also book five in a series. I didn’t realize that when I started reading. I think had I known it would have clarified the roles of vampires and dragon shifters much sooner than I realized. It’s a historical, paranormal romance.

Okay, I’m going to be extremely honest. If you’re looking for a book filled with sex, Blood Secret can give that to you. The first half of the book is strong erotica. The second half blends erotica with a paranormal story. That said, I think it’s clear that the strong points of this book involve sex scenes, not an actual story line. That is problematic in some ways, but if you go into this book not expecting a thorough, deep story line, you should be fine.

Within pages of beginning Blood Secret I knew I needed to think of it as “mom porn”. I knew it was part of Kennsington’s Aphrodisia line, however I thought the plot and characters would be stronger. The strength of the book is its erotica. I never connected with the characters enough to care about them on any level. There is no emotional depth or need to continue a series. There are explosive, mind-blowing erotic scenes which will keep you turning the pages.

Those erotic scenes are filled with sex talk. I’m not a huge fan of character’s talking during sex. An occasional word or two is fine, but sentence filled sex scenes make me slightly uncomfortable. I’m sure my face was blazin’ red while I read this book. Blood Secret has a historical setting, so some of the words are different from what’s normally found in everyday romance. I giggled at some of them and rolled my eyes at others.

I suspended belief that a virginal woman living in London in the year 1818 would become a nympho because she’s a dragon shifter. But it kept niggling in the back of my mind that no woman just introduced to sex would be so sexual adventurous. Sex in public. Sex with toys. Sex all the time.

The book was adventurous and a quick read, but I don’t see myself re-reading it.


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