Warning: contains spoilers
I am coming to the conclusion lately that I should just stick to the first book in a series. If I am honest, which I always try to be with my reviews, I was rather disappointed with Dracula’s Desires. I was expecting this to be a continuation of Dracula’s Secret, but apart from a couple of the story lines, it was totally new. Sadly, I found it hard to follow and I struggled to find the interest to pick it up and complete it.
I am going to try and explain the plot as I understood it.
So, we left Dracula’s Secrets with a pregnant Valerie (previously known as Dracula…yes…the male… if you are lost here, why haven’t you read my review of Dracula’s Secret? Honestly, off you pop, it will make your life a whole lot easier when trying to understand the series!), and a missing Lance (Fallen Angel who runs a homeless shelter…that’s it…go read the other review.. ). Right at the end of Dracula’s Secrets we discovered that the baby was an angel, but we didn’t know what Valerie’s Vampiric blood was going to do. Turns out, it makes the baby very vocal before birth, and somewhat precocious afterwards! We come in 6 months later, and Lance is still missing.
Valerie is desperate to find Lance, and so sets off, following a trail that leads her to John Jante, Lance’s childhood friend. Naturally (because she is just a completely randy minx) when she finds John, Valerie is in lust at first sight, but they manage to sideline it (for a while) in order to find Lance. Then, just to throw a spanner in the works, John is kidnapped leaving Valerie once again, trying to rescue the men in her life.
John has been kidnapped by the other team (the downstairs fallen bunch), and Lucifer himself’s second in command. They have Mina Harker (who’s mind is warped, and who just so happens to be a reincarnation of Dracula’s wife, Ilona. They plan to use John as bait to get their hands on Lance, who, they hope, will be able to solve their little problem.
Right, so Lance is in Heaven, having done some wonderful good deeds, which now makes him …um…unfallen (?). He is desperate to get back to Valerie, but the guys upstairs are too busy throwing him a welcome home party. In the end he convinces Death to explain how he gets home, and finally he makes it back down to Earth where he then has to dive on in to help save John.
Now throw in the fact that John loves Lance and Valerie, Lance loves Valerie and John, and Valerie is a bit of a sexual deviant and you have the makings of a very forceful threesome. Which you get to read about in Technicolor.
Once again, some of the language had me rolling my eyes. I know that sex scenes are hard to write, but even so…
“If she were this sensitive above the waist, what would happen if he licked her hidden jewel box?‘
“puckering up, John sipped from her unfurling flower.“
And on it goes. Perhaps it’s just me, but it really doesn’t put me in a sexy frame of mind. Then there is the teeth clashing fornication between the two men…*shudders* … not for me.
Why oh why does this keep happening to me?? I enjoy the first instalments, and then the second books are always disappointing. I found Dracula’s Desires quite hard to follow, and the plot lines confusing. I was not overly struck on the writing of the sex scenes, and although I knew the threesome was coming, the way in which it was written just totally put me off. I know Valerie lived as a man for a long time, and so her sexual proclivities are quite out there, but sitting masterbating in the open air, watching the father of your child copping off with your current bed partner is just a bit much for my tastes. I was sad to see that we didn’t find out more about John, and some of the other characters from Dracula’s Secrets, who had held such promise.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Dracula’s Secret
- Dracula’s Desires
- Dracula Unleashed (March 2013)
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