Day 79: Amaury’s Hellion by Tina Folsom
Summary From Goodreads:
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 catapulted her into his arms and his bed every time she was near him. As every kiss brings them physically closer, danger is lurking and threatens to destroy the little trust they have in each other.
Maybe I should come up with a name for my occasional foray into ze naughty. Frodo’s Frisky Frolic? Seems too silly, oh well. This is the second book in the Scanguards Vampires series and also my second “adult” book of the year. As was the case with Samson’s Lovely Mortal I will be putting a page break here since I know a good portion of the people that read this blog are teens and I feel it only fair to give you the choice about whether or not to read this particular review. So read on if you’d like, but feel free to check out a different review if you aren’t into the adult romance books. ^.^
Where Samson’s Lovely Mortal has a roughly 50/50 split between the romantic/sex scenes and the storyline/plot, Amaury’s Hellion focuses much more heavily on the romance. While there is an overarching story involved, and there are certainly obstacles to overcome and all, the amount of sexual/romantic scenes is closer to 75%. I can’t say that I am a fan of this change of focus as the solid plot in SLM was what made that book refreshing among other adult romances I had read. Those seemed to be akin to porn movies in that you think there is supposed to be some sort of story but it is lost in the crazy amount of action going on, and not the plot advancing kind. I wouldn’t say Amaury’s Hellion went that far, but it came too close for my liking.
What story/plot that the book had was quite interesting. There were elements of a murder mystery with plenty of information hunting and even some fight scenes thrown in. The story is entertaining for sure and I did enjoy it, I just wanted there to be more. The “who done it” was done well and I didn’t know the truth until right at the end with the characters which is always nice.
As for the romance that makes up the vast majority of Amaury’s Hellion, it was as good as ever. I enjoyed it just as much as SLM’s if not a bit more. Folsom kept it fresh and used different styles of sexual encounters from location changes to sex types even to role reversal. It was titillating and certainly the strength of the book. The chemistry between Amaury and Nina was great and she didn’t act like the typical succumbing female to a vampire that has been done to death, but was a strong woman and made sure she got what she wanted. I liked her character as well as Amaury who is a bit of a sex fiend, but has a lot of old-school charm and a solid sense of humor.
Overall Amaury’s Vampires was a good if not spectacular continuation of the series. While I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as Samson’s Lovely Mortal due to the lessening of the plot/storyline in the book it was an enjoyable read. If you like your adult romance books heavy on the romance/sexual scenes then this is certainly a good choice. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 80!