BLACKER THAN BLUE
Vampire Sorority Sisters Book 2
by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Bold Strokes Books
Kindle Edition - Jan. 1, 2013
Paperback January 8, 2013 264 pages
Book provided by author/publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions herein are my own except as noted. Rebekah is a friend, but I think you will find my review fair.
The beginning of Cleo Jones’s life as a vampire was the end of her relationship with her first love and only submissive, college senior Benny Tarver. Mutual resentment and heartache have kept them apart for the past three years, but their responsibilities to the sisters of Alpha Beta Omega sorority have held them in each other’s sights. With graduation looming, Benny knows it is time for her to move on from the sorority and her lingering feelings for Cleo, but when Cleo realizes she may lose Benny forever to a powerful demon, she must put her fears aside to discover if they can find the strength to let go of their pain and accept that the love between them is true. Bold Strokes Books
Rebekah excels at writing dialogue that sounds absolutely natural. And, because this book is largely dialogue or inner monologue, it is interesting and feels well-written.
The story uses two points of view and alternates between the two as required by the story. The two voices are the love interests: Benita and Cleo. Both of the characters are young and Cleo feels Benita behaved callously after Cleo was accidentally turned because she was happy about it her being turned.
So, instead of talking it out Cleo just cuts Benita off, and is pretty mean, for three years. In this way I found the characters immature - just right for where they are in life; Benita is finishing up college at a small liberal arts college in the south. Cleo would have finished before her if she had not died and needed to be turned. They are both members of a sorority built around vampires.
But, it made me think about that song "You Always Hurt the One You Love." It is such a pervasive trope in books, film and music that you wonder if it is true - do we 'always' hurt the people we love?
Cleo misses her family, although they would not have accepted her --can see that -- it's hard to cut out your family even if they don't get you; don't accept you. It is a primal relationship and when it is messed up it isn't easy to let it go.
Benita's step dad is a big demon/vampire leader (demons and vampires are a degrees of the same thing in this world). But her real father was a complete ass who mentally abused Benita and her mother over weight.
Race, marriage equality, fidelity, sex and love with a little BDSM all come into play. And, it is amazing that the many factors come together into a book that is pretty cohesive, and where each element has a role in the book.
Like a lot of young women Benita wants a baby. But I didn't feel it as a healthy desire to be a mom. It felt more like the desire a lot of teens have to be unconditionally loved. I didn't feel either character made brilliant relationship decisions.
I usually find that sexual orientation isn't a big deal for me in this book. But, while I thought the first book in the series BETTER OFF RED, was pretty sexy, the intimacy here didn't do it for me. It is positive that the relationships don't all feel the same but I just couldn't get into the physical relationship between Cleo and Benita. By the way, the books read best as a series and in order.
All in all this is a satisfying, intricately woven story with great continuity. The characters are young but this is a bit too sexy for New Adult and lands more squarely in Paranormal Erotica.I enjoyed parts of it more than others, but it was fun with a fast pace and lots of nookie. If you don't like lesbian sex then this is not for you, but if you do then it is right up your alley and I can highly recommend it.
Better Off Red: Vampire Sorority Sisters Book 1 at AMAZON
Blacker Than Blue at AMAZON
AND Blacker than Blue at Barnes and Nobel
And BETTER OFF RED at Barnes and Nobel
After years of meddling in her friends’ love lives, Rebekah turned to writing romance as a means to surviving a stressful professional life. She has worked in various positions from library assistant, meter maid, middle school teacher, B movie production assistant, reality show crew chauffeur, D movie producer, and her most fulfilling job to date, lube and harness specialist at an erotic boutique in West Hollywood. Her interests include Wonder Woman collectibles, cookies, James Taylor, quality hip-hop, football, American muscle cars, large breed dogs, and the ocean. When she's not working, writing, reading, or sleeping, she is watching Ken Burns documentaries and cartoons or taking dance classes. If given the chance, she will cheat at UNO. She was raised in Southern New Hampshire and now lives in Southern California with an individual who is much more tech savvy than she ever will be. Better Off Red is her first novel. Bold Strokes
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