I received this book for free from the publisher . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love Bites by Angela Knight
Published by Penguin on 2014-09-02
Genres: Fiction, General, Paranormal, Romance
Source: the publisher
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The New York Times bestselling author explores her most daring side yet in three tales of seductive vampires and the women who love them. In the brand-new “Oath of Service,” Angela Knight introduces the Doms of the Round Table and a kinky circle of pleasure, pain, and power as she returns to her “sexy as hell” (Heroes and Heartbreakers) Mageverse world for a new twist on the Arthurian legend. Morgana le Fay finally gets what’s coming to her in this novel-length story. After a fight with a dragon goes wrong, Morgana takes an Oath of Service to Percival, vampire Knight of the Round Table. Percival and his partners, Cador and Marrok, decide to give Morgana a taste of bondages and submission she’ll never forget. What they don’t know is that the lovely witch is keeping secrets that could destroy them all. To make matters worse, the dragon is plotting a deadly revenge.... In “Be Careful What You Wish For,” a beautiful vampire and her two vamp lovers lock horns with a wizard with the ugly habit of refusing to take no for an answer. When he casts a spell on Beau and Decker, Amanda finds herself the object of both men’s lust. She’s had some yummy threesome fantasies along the same lines, but since the men hate each other, she figured it was never going to happen. But when it does, things get a lot more kinky than Amanda expects. In “The Bloodslave,” Angela Knight’s classic “must read...highly erotic” (*The Best Reviews) novella, a female mercenary comes under fire during a hunt. The beautiful, virginal, and very human Verica is captured by three hungry alpha vampires driven deliriously feral by her purity. But they desire more than her warm blood. They want her body, leaving Verica more vulnerable than ever before—and loving every minute of it.
Overall this set of stories has definitely got plenty of sex and heat covered but if you are looking for a story with your sex the only one of the novellas that delivers is the first one… I didn’t mind any of the other stories included but they really weren’t memorable and the issue of consent in the third story left me a bit uncomfortable in many respects. While the second story had questionable consent as well there was a reason behind that which made it acceptable where the third story really didn’t have that for me personally.
My favorite of the stories was Oath of Service where we get yumminess in the form of Percival.. yes for those of you who are fans of Arthurian legend… that Percival. In this story he is personified in a vampire/shapeshifter who is a Dom down to his soul. He has been getting driven crazy by Morgana for centuries and finally has a chance to get her out of his system by virtue of her behavior in their last mission. I enjoyed his struggle to keep her at arm’s length and his attempts to ignore that she means more to him than just an itch. He’s strong, protective and I would not mind spending some time with him other than his enjoyment of inflicting pain…. although… hmmmmm maybe *snickers*
I enjoyed how the story of Morgana Le Fey gets a workover in this tale as it made her much more acceptable as a heroine. Once again an author turns what we know from previously recorded legends and gives us a different view of a character we all thought we knew. I liked her willingness to do what it takes to keep people safe even as it comes at a massive cost to herself. She needs Percival and his team more than he knows but she also craves this man who has held a part of her since their one incredible encounter centuries ago. She’s always kept him at arm’s length and plans to again but due to circumstances around them is unable to keep her guard completely up. I enjoyed her spunk and really loved when she finally was honest with herself and him.
While I did enjoy the times with her, Percival and the other knights together to me the story was more enjoyable when you got just the two of them. They truly have a connection that lept off the page even as it was incredibly brutal initially the love and true feelings they had for one another shone thru the brutality. They really had to push each other fully in order to get to where the story ended. Two very strong people coming together should not have a sweet, gushy story and we got it in this tale.
Ok.. quick thoughts on the other 2 stories…
Be Careful What You Wish For – Quick, hot and edgy but I think it suffered a bit for its brevity. While you are told that there is a history between the characters the fact that they were put in to a bad situation didn’t help me get connected to them. I did not like that she was basically forced to do something she didn’t completely want to do in order to keep her men sane but I understood it and it didn’t make me as uncomfortable as it could’ve. I think I would’ve enjoyed a longer treatment of this as I’d like to see her relationships with both heros not to mention more of them post this incident. I’d like to see if they could come to a long term triad after this…
The Bloodslave – This one gave me a very hard time to like. In all honesty it made me very uncomfortable as the heroine was forced into the liaison and had no real say in what happened to her. Granted she might have agreed to what happened had she been given time with the men but this one just didn’t work for me because I couldn’t get past the consent issue….