Thursday, 24 October 2013

[REVIEW] Slave by Kol Anderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read on: October 22nd, 2013

4 Stars for the realism and for the heart racing intense BDSM scene

Human beings are fragile creatures especially mentally. We do tend to get hurt quite easily and some might even get themselves stuck in a never-ending loop of despair and anguish. Some would attempt to drown their pain with alcohol or even drugs, yet there are those who would seek external pain to counter internal pain. Just like how a cutter would try to take control of his emotion via physical pain. It's an unconscious call for help really. What Jesse, the protagonist did in this story was his way of seeking solace. He is not a stranger to pain and would welcome it as another form of comfort. He is a natural masochist and a true sub. He constantly need to let himself go and for others to take total control of him.

Jesse was devastated and depressed when Matt, his Master cum lover of 3-years dumped him for no apparent reason. To make things worst, his mother's cancer was back and she's fighting for her life and suffering for it. It's not surprising that Jesse being so lost in his mental anguish that he would seek to comfort himself in the only way he knows best; through physical pain and submission. Only what's wrong was the partner of his choice; Noah a reckless dom who doesn't give a damn on the welfare of his sub. He's a greedy, selfish bastard that only knows how to take but not give, that's why he isn't a proper dom nor should he be one at all. He is just plainly a sadist pretending to be a dom. And he is clearly taking advantage of Jesse's current mental state to manipulate him to his own benefit.

As for Matt, he is a commitment phobic dom who just loves to play without strings attached and he thinks Jesse is just too good for him. What he doesn't know is why does he thinks so? Why does he worry so much about the unfairness in their relationship? Deep down inside this confident and commanding man, is just a normal guy and he is clueless as to why Jesse makes him feel so differently.

Actually, I don't blame Matt for letting Jesse go. He has his reasons and I think it's fair and better than just leaving loose ends, encouraging wounds to fester. I'd say he did the right thing then and also later, when he face his own feelings and own up to his mistakes. That's the kind of man I respect.

I like this quote very much <3
I don't belong anywhere.
Doesn't matter where I go or who I am with I am always alone. There is something wrong with me, there has to be because no one else seems quite as miserable at being without a master.

But don't we all owe our freedom to something?

People are slaves, aren't they? To their jobs, to their partners, to their children, even to their lifestyles?

We all have those little kinks that we don't tell anyone about, because we think we're going to be judged for them, and because we're slaves to society's rules.

In a world where slavery is the norm I'm a slave to my needs.

By the way, I like the ending and that epilogue. I really enjoyed reading that epilogue. Thanks Kol ;)

Kol writes his stories with much realism and feelings and this one is one of it. His writings dares you to examine your own principles in life. He isn't shy on the subjects he wish to bring forth for his readers to ponder on.

On the shade of grey... I liked the intense sessions Noah gave Jesse. It made my heart goes all thumpy. *evil laughter* Well, you can't deny the eroticism there right? Even Jesse couldn't. Especially their first session.

And Kol, nice cover. It's Jesse there, truly.

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Title: Slave
Author: Kol Anderson
Publication Date: August 16th, 2013
Type: Short Story
Genre: Hardcore BDSM, Romance, M/M, Gay, Contemporary, Abuse, Dub-con, Non-con
Tags/Keywords: abuse, abusive-violent-partner, adultery-unfaithfulness, anal-sex, angst-storm, anthologies_n_short-stories, bdsm, bondage_use-of-restrains, collaring_on-leash, consensual, contemporary, corporal-punishments, dominance-submission, dubcon_noncon, dysfunctional-relationships, emotional, emotional-distress, erotica, gay_mm, hea_happily-ever-after, injury_bodily-harm, insecurity_low-confidence, maledom, manipulative-character, master-slave, multiple-partners, oral-sex, orgasm-denial, pain-pleasure, physical-torture, possessive-partner-master-dom, realistic, resentful-indignant-irate, romance, sadism-masochism, sensual_erotic, slave_slavery, submissive-protagonist, thoughts-provoking, violence, whipping-flogging-caning, willing-slave-pet-sub-partner

It's the worst feeling in the world, seeing him with someone else. There's nothing I wouldn't do, no limits I won't go to get him back. But he won't give me a chance. He won't so much as look at me because he thinks I don't belong to him anymore.
But that's the whole thing.
I don't belong anywhere.
Doesn't matter where I go or who I am with I am always alone. There is something wrong with me, there has to be because no one else seems quite as miserable at being without a master.
But don't we all owe our freedom to something?
People are slaves, aren't they? To their jobs, to their partners, to their children, even to their lifestyles?
We all have those little kinks that we don't tell anyone about, because we think we're going to be judged for them, and because we're slaves to society's rules.
In a world where slavery is the norm I'm a slave to my needs.
To him.
And I need to get him back.


NOTE: This review is based on an ARC extended to me by the author.

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

[MANGA REVIEW] The Prince of Tennis (Tennis no Ouji-sama) by Takeshi Konomi

The Prince of Tennis, Vol. 1The Prince of Tennis, Vol. 1 by Takeshi Konomi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Recommended for: those who enjoyed intense battle-outs akin to Bleach of Tite Kubo.
Read from October 06 to 08, 2013, read count: 1

This is a review for all 42 volumes of Tennis no Ouji-sama manga series

4.5 Stars for the adrenaline pumping goodness!

I totally enjoyed the feel-good adrenalin rush this series gave me. So high!

What I love most about this manga is the passionate drive to win and excel shown by most of the characters especially the protagonist. Even the antagonists has such intense fighting spirit too. It totally showcase the spirit of sportsmanship. Apart from this I am also fascinated with the tactical aspect of this game. I didn't know tennis needs that much brain power and a good poker face to win. I had so much fun watching the players trying to outsmart each other and analyzing their opponent's moves then try hard to counter it just like in a chess game.

In a way Echizen Ryoma is like a wild card for the Seigaku Tennis Team. It was such pleasure watching Echizen's journey from a rookie tennis player to an awe inspiring national tennis player. Although he is small in stature and only a first year in his new school as a transfer student from America, he speedily earned the respect from his seniors (sempais) for his unshakeable tenacity towards being the best tennis player. He just does not have the word 'defeat' in his dictionary nor would he take a beating in tennis laying down. To him all the talented players and challengers out there are just 'stepping-stones' for him. Yes he is a cocky one but I love him all the more for it, for I admire his strength in mind, spirit and body. He is the embodiment of a true athletic. By the way he is just 12 years old kid and like his father Echizen Nanjirou, he's a prodigy in the tennis world.

Echizen's favorite phrase: Mada Mada Dane

(this is the English version of Mada Mada Dane. Sometimes he would quote it in English)

This is how others sees him (others describing Echizen):

*Sanpaku gan:- check out this phrase at the bottom of this review. It's Echizen's trademark look he would give to his challenger. Basically it's an intense glare with much smugness in it.

Echizen's bravery and never-say-die attitude made me a very proud fan of his. He might just be a chibi (shorty twink) in others eyes, to me he is manlier than any beefy muscly guys out there.

With all my fangirling about this manga one might think that I am naturally a sports fan which is quite the opposite of the truth really. I am not a sports person at all. Most of the time whenever lay eyes on any sports on the TV screen of anywhere else, I don't even know what those players on the field are doing. Clueless really. That's why I was surprised that I got hooked on Prince of Tennis after watching its anime adaptation and now reading it's manga series and loving it just as much. The anime stayed true to the manga's storyline really. In fact, I couldn't find any deflection from it at all. Both the manga and the anime got my adrenaline pumping just as hard. That only means Konomi sensei is really talented at creating not only a fantastic storyline but also very skillful at rendering the action scenes too. Not many people have that kind of skills to bring forth so much excitement in their readers for non moving pictures story-telling especially of the action genre.

Although please be informed that realism is not the aim of this manga instead it's best to take it as a fantasy-styled shounen sports manga. As the form of tennis played here could evolve in stages very much like those supernatural power showed in the famous Bleach manga by Tite Kubo. Then again, I do believe this is the very essence of what makes this manga so well received. Furthermore, I beg to differ from those who said the characters are all one dimensional and static because to me they all; especially the leading characters matured and evolved as they battle onwards to be the National Champions. Along the way they overcome their weaknesses, learned to be a better friend and team members, giving strong support to each others and also making news friends even from the oppositional teams.

I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this manga to everyone even to those who think they wouldn't enjoy it due to lack of sports enthusiasm. The perfect team spirit successfully depicted in this series is well worth your attention and time.

Title: Tennis no Ouji-sama
Alternate Names/Titles: テニスの王子様 / 網球王子 / 网球王子 / 테니스의 왕자 / Prince of Tennis / The Prince of Tennis / Tennis no Ouji-sama
Related Series: Houkago no Ouji-sama (Side Story) / Shin Tennis no Ouji-sama (Sequel)
Author/Artist/Illustrator/Mangaka: KONOMI Takashi
Year: 1999
Type: Manga
Volume: 42 Volumes (Complete)
Genre: Action / Comedy / Drama / School Life / Shounen / Sports
Categories: Adapted to a Musical / Adapted to Anime / Arrogant Male Lead / Competition(s) / Genius / Prodigy / Team / Teamwork / Tennis Tournament(s)

Ryoma Echizen just joined the Seishun Academy's tennis team, which is known for being one of the most competitive teams in Japan. Its members are incredibly talented, gifted, and athletic. With rigorous and extremely intense practices, the upperclassmen of the team expect the very best from themselves and they expect even more from the new members of the team.

While most of the freshmen are on pins and needles hoping they won't get cut from the team, Ryoma Echizen is confident, cool, and collected. Some might even say he's cocky, but at least he's got the skills to back up his attitude. With his virtually unreturnable "twist serve," Ryoma is sure to make the starting team.

Join Ryoma and the other first years, as they train hard, make friends, and try to find a place for themselves on the team. And meet Ryoma's cute but chronically shy classmate Sakuno Ryuzaki. She's got a big crush on Ryoma, but will he ever notice her?

Ryoma Echizen is the Prince of Tennis. He may be ready for the Seishun Academy tennis team, but are they ready for him? (source:

My Status: Read from October 06 to 18, 2013 (all 42 volumes - Complete)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

*Sanpaku gan (三白眼) or Sanpaku (三白) is originated from a Chinese term, as well as a Japanese term means “three whites” and is generally referred to in English as "Sanpaku eyes". The term refers to the iris being rather small, so that it only covers about two-thirds or less of the vertical axis of the eye; e.g. delineate an eye into four portions; the iris would only occupy one portion of the divided four sections; thus leaving the other three in white, hence "three whites". (source: Wikipedia)

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Friday, 18 October 2013

[MANGA REVIEW] Henshin Dekinai (変身できない) by Hitoyo Shinozaki

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Recommended by: Mizuki
Read on October 19, 2013, read count: 1

This one blew me away! I can't even 4-star it.

I wasn't really expecting much when I started with it. Then I got surprised by the depth of it. This manga has substance even when it's funny as hell too. Heh, and I nearly cried during a very emotional part  (⌒_⌒;)

Honda-kun is a true man. I admire his conviction and firm approach. I could easily fall for such a guy although I am not too keen on driving one of his tacky custom made modified car - he really needs to get his eyes checked.  (*≧▽≦)ノシ))

Seems like Honda-kun stands out more than the protagonist, Someya in this manga. I do like feisty Someya when he's in drag mode tho. The 'brand new' him was pretty cool too. Someya and Honda does make the perfect pair. They both compliments each other so well and balanced out the imperfection both has and bringing out the best in each other. It's pure blessing to find someone who loves you for who you are, not who you could be.  

This manga has the right dose of comedy and drama and it goes well with Kousaka Tohru sensei's cutesy artwork. It's nice to see cameo appearances from Ayase and Kanou of Okane Ga Nai manga.  

Title:  Henshin Dekinai 
Alternate Title:  変身できない/ I Can't Change / I Can't Transform
Related Series:  A spin-off oneshot of Okane Ga Nai
Author:  SHINOZAKI Hitoyo
Artist/Illustrator:  KOUSAKA Tohru
Year:  2011
Type:  Manga
Volume:  1 Volume (Complete)
Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Gender Bender, Romance, Yaoi
Categories:  Afraid of Being Hated / Cross-dressing / Glasses / Homophobia / Insecurity / Mechanic / Mistaken Identity / Okama / Unexpected Feelings / Yankee
Blurb: Car mechanic and ex-yankee Honda falls in love with Someya, a beautiful okama. Someya promises to go on a date with him in exchange for free car maintenance. Someya planned to tease him since the mechanic was unaware of his true gender, but when Someya reveals the truth, Honda's attitude doesn't change one bit! And now Honda's acceptance has stirred up feelings of affection in Someya!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

[FAV LIST] M/M Books with Themes of Restricted Freedom and Personal Choice

These are my personal favorite books with Restricted Freedom and Personal Choice Theme of the M/M Genre.
I kinda have a kink for slavefic especially those of the noncon variety.
There's a Goodreads Listopia on this subject too - Linkitty

Dead to the World (Water Lovers of Sirilon #3) Acquainted with the NightWant MeWhat Worse Place Can I Beg in Your Love?Tarantula
TributePathfinderTaming Riki Vol 1, Part 1 (Taming Riki, #1)Taming Riki Vol 1, Part 2 (Taming Riki, #2)Bloodraven
Waiting in the ThroesI, OmegaCat ToyFog: A Novel of Desire and ReprisalGamble Everything (Gamble Everything, #1-7)

The Jascian's ToyHome Trained For YouAugust


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

[LISTOPIA] M/M Stories of Fallen Princes as Slave or Pet for Sexual Amusement of his Keeper

A list of books or stories of Princes that was taken as slave or pet for the sexual amusement of their keeper/captor. (Princes that has fell from grace).

The story must have this theme featured as its main plot. Meaning said Prince must be the main character (protagonist) of the story and not a side or supporting character.

Dark fiction with such a theme should fit like a glove. And humiliation and degradation would definitely play a strong part too.

The story must be of the M/M or M/M/M genre (gay fictions ONLY). Unpublished works like Original Online Fiction are most welcomed too.

In short, the CRITERIA are:
★ The fallen Prince as slave/pet MUST BE the Main Character.
★ The story MUST centralized on the fallen Prince on his journey as a plaything.
★ Dark Fictions with such a theme should be the target here.
★ Humiliation and degradation is the key.
★ The book MUST BE of the M/M or M/M/M genre (gay fictions ONLY).
★ Original Online Fiction are welcomed too apart from published works.

Tags: captive-prince, pleasure-slave, price-of-war, prince, princeling, sacrificial-lamb, sacrificial-prince, sexual-pet, sexual-plaything, sexual-slave, slave-prince, son-of-a-monarch, spoils-of-war, tribute


An Uncommon Whore
(An Uncommon Whore #1)
by Belinda McBride

The Invisible Chains: Bonds of Hate
(Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse #1)
by Andrew Ashling

Prince Miro's Capture
(The Royal Captive #1) by Aphrodite Hunt

A Warrior Reborn by Nikki Jenkins (NikkiJ)

This list will be updated as and when new suitable books are found.

Source: GOODREADS Listopia M/M Stories of Fallen Princes & BOOKLIKES Listopia M/M Stories of Fallen Princes

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Thursday, 3 October 2013

[REVIEW] Soulless by T. Baggins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Recommended by: Syfy
Recommended for: All M/M readers especially those who adores the vampire folklore.
Read from August 22 to September 25, 2013 — I own a copy

FIVE STARS for Outstanding Writing

I felt like I have just watched an amazing and beautifully crafted vampire blockbuster on the big screen. In fact, this is how I felt throughout my reading. It was like I am watching a movie instead of reading. The pace, tension and tone was perfect even for the big screen. How I wish it's a film.

The characters are alive, dynamic and very real to me. Nicholas, Bancroft, Grand-Mamma, Martha, Dr. Flowers and his nephew is living, breathing and walking this earth somewhere. That's an example how strong the characters' presence are in this book. So real they at times reminds me of people I know.

The two MCs has such contrasting personality, the suave Bancroft aka Ban was so perfect on the outside yet flawed and weak on the inside, so very unlike beautiful Nicholas aka Nicky who's so damaged and flawed on the outside yet stronger than any immortal beings on the inside. Nicky was righteous and courageous while Ban was corrupted and cowardly. Why would I say so? It's because...
Nicky has saved Martha twice and even refused to forsake her to the care of evil Sebastian when Ban selfishly proposed that notion to him in view of safeguarding their own happiness. Nicky was also adamant to save and protect the village of Maidenstone even at the cost of his own life.

Ban is a rather selfish being and would only make exception for Nicky but no one else. Make no mistake that he is evil and care for no one but his Nicky.
Ban had often fantasized about taking a human pet. Keeping him bound hand and foot, bleeding him slow and making him last for days, even weeks.
- Evil yet I still find him so sensual and alluring. He's such a sexy monster. It's a girls-likes-bad-boys thing.

Another reason why I adore Ban is his dirty sex talk. He had it down to the pat.
"But I'm safe from you. I have nothing to offer."
Ulwin grinned, animal in the depths of his eyes. "Do you not? I see one warm, wet hole between red lips. Wouldn't you love to taste my cock? Welcome it with your tongue?"
Nicholas gasped. He was dreaming. Dreaming....
"After that, I'll put you on your belly." Ban's long, cool fingers played over Nicholas's hand in a delicate yet startlingly intimate fashion. "Grease my staff and plow between your cheeks. Tell me the truth. Has any man filled you?"
"No," Nicholas whispered.
"I'm quite large." Ban's mouth found Nicholas's ear, his tongue tracing the lobe wetly, obscenely.
"You'll scream before I'm done. Scream and pray for release."
Nicholas tried to order Ulwin out, to condemn such filth with every fiber of his being. Instead he lifted his chin. Awaiting the kiss he feared he couldn't deny, he shivered when Ulwin cupped his face with both hands.

"Mind you... I fear my backside will ache for hours to come."
Ban raised up on his elbow for a peek. "Ah. Yes. Cream trickling from delicate Italian pastry."
"Meaning, if English law requires proof seed was transmitted, your arse condemns you."
"God damn you." Serafino started to rise.
"No, don't stir, I beg you." Ban held the mortal's shoulders as firmly as he dared. "It's lovely. The loveliest sight I've ever seen. In fact...."

- Ban's such a cheeky one and I like him all the more for it.

"No doubt. But did you enjoy that finger up your arse?"
Blushing, Nicholas kissed Ban again.
"Because I'm longing to press something up your arse. Long and stiff, yet gentle."

Oh, and Nicky can be a rather kinky one....
Transfixed, Nicholas had a sudden vision of himself: stripped to the waist, flesh cut in dozens of places, rivulets of blood decorating his cheeks, biceps, nipples. Offering himself as a feast, an unfolding banquet for all Ban's senses....
- Hhmm... I approved.

Sebastian the master and creator of Ban is a true sadist who achieves his sexual heights by inflicting untold pain and sufferings towards others especially his unfavored fledgling, Ban. To him, Ban is just a pretty face, a lowly peasant boy with inferior intelligence. A servant bound eternally to him to do his bidding and serves his needs.

The tortures Ban faced under his Master's tyranny was of unspeakable horror. Eventhough he would heal from the bodily wounds perfectly, his soul was forever wretched and corrupted by the fear and hatred towards his maker. It's a wonder how Ban could have survived for centuries together with his Master when to me, his existence was nothing short of hell-on-earth. A fire would have been a bless oblivion to end his misery.
Sometime in the wee hours, after the clock struck three, Ban managed to drag himself upstairs on hands and knees. After expending such effort, climbing into his bed seemed impossible, so he lay under it, curled into a ball. And there he slept, and did not sleep, and wept a little, keeping his hand pressed in his mouth to be certain no one heard.
- This was after his horrific punishment with the 'Phallus' which was in fact a thick oaken table leg used not to bash him with but to turn his innards to pulp. Sebastian is a very inventive bastard when it comes to torturing Ban.

There are two side characters which I liked very much. Both are strong willed woman and a tad eccentric. Grand-Mamma, Mrs. Parthenia Jane Robinson is such a fascinating and mysterious wise old woman. She is quick-witted and has a pretty sharp tongue. Somehow, she made me miss my late-grandmama which I loved dearly. Martha on the other hand is quite the little Einstein and a peculiar young woman. Sometimes the things she says makes me question if she has any social communication disorder like Asperger? Lol. Mind you, she does says the darnedest things.
"What do you mean by love? You mean, you want to stick your cock in me?" Martha asked.

THE VAMPIRES (the term used here was Vârkolak):
I have enjoyed reading this author's brand of vampires. They are superior, intimidating and evil, yet they are somewhat vulnerable and not entirely immortal or indestructible. Fire is their biggest weakness even the Sun failed to compete with - quite the opposite of Anne Rice's vampires.

Ms. Baggins' vampires has an interesting twist to its origins which differs much from Rice's vampires that has an ancient Egyptian root. I was pleasantly surprised by it. I would say it's a nice touch indeed.

Another point of interest is that Ms. Baggins' vamps does not have fangs. I am unsure if I like this missing attribute as I have always find them to be sexier with a set of keen pointed tooth and it is a defining characteristics of a vampire although they are some in other stories depicted without it too. I particularly like retractable ones. If you have watched Byzantium (2012) one of the latest vampire film, you would have noticed that the vampires in it lacks fangs too (I haven't watch it yet but knew of it). They uses retractable thumb-talon to pierce the victim's skin. Ban and his lot had to utilize a razor-sharp prongs to seal the deal. Somewhat troublesome isn't it? Not that elegant or erotic anymore. I still think Rice's vampires rocks! Their feeding was highly sensual and the vamps would telepathically bonds with their victims too. It's like a two-way exchange of intimate thoughts - very much like a bridge of memories between them.

It took me a while to be immersed in the story. This might be me having to adjust and get comfortable with the olden days English tongue. Truthfully, I had only started to get interested and engaged when Ban took Nicky as his personal plaything or you can say... when things started to get hot, heavy and sweaty. Despite Nicky being ill-equipped, their lovemaking was still highly stimulating if not even more so. Ban's skillful lovemaking makes Nicky loose himself so wantonly. It was a beautiful sight to see Nicky melts in the embrace of Ban.

There are frequent exchange of intellectual debates on philosophies, theologies even the scientific aspect was discussed in the story making it all the more compelling to read. Even the plot itself was saturated by these theories.

The highly remarked upon tortures and rapes was not gratuitously inserted for the shock-value. It was appropriately handled and not as graphic as most think it was. The tortures was mostly shown after it has taken place or was fade to black soon. There wasn't detailed description of how the victim suffered during the ordeal.

I am not saying that these scenes are mild or weak as I most certainly do not underestimate a reader's power of imagination. With the right words and suggestions, a whole new terror could be created in our own mind to piece the whole scene together however gory we wanted it to be. Sometimes, I would prefer telling more than showing when it comes to such scenes as I love to experience it with my own over imaginative mind. I could fill in all those blanks flawlessly with much pleasure.

The plot was thick in this story yet it flowed smoothly thanks to the superb writing skill of Ms. Baggins. There's one key mystery throughout the story that would determine not only the fate of both MCs but the whole Maidenstone village as well. I am excited that my guess of what the 'Vessel' means isn't too far from its mark. Brilliant aren't I? I am certain the Vessel would keep readers guessing actively throughout the reading process.

There are a couple of flashbacks stories and it was handled very well too. I really enjoyed reading about Serafino and Arabella, Simon and Hob. I was horrified by what befell...
...Arabella when she was captured and tortured by Sebastian's fanatically loyal Brethren.
It was the most disturbing event of all that had happened. Even Serafino's...
Spoiler: fate paled in comparison. At least, his death was considered swift unlike Arabella's drawn out sufferings.

I am curious as to why so many readers objected to....
Martha having children with Ban? As far as I know, Emily was fathered by Sebastian, only Peter was the actual offspring of Ban. Am I right? Because, I am a little confused by Emily's parentage. She was said to mirror Sebastian's look, so I deduce that Sebastian took Martha's virginity and begets a child due to that union.

I know some might view Ban having such a relationship with Martha was a betrayal to Nicky, but to me it was realistic turn of event and much forgivable. It wasn't an easy feat to wait for centuries all alone for that small possibility of the love of your life to be reincarnated and for that chance in a million of finding him again. I actually felt thankful to Martha for being there for Ban to ease his loneliness, keeping his hope alive and strengthen his willpower to continue his existence without Nicky by his side.

Some of the readers reasoned that this shouldn't happen with Martha as she is asexual. Asexuality does not affect a person's desire to have their own family. They need love too and know love just like all of us do. They just don't have the sexual appetite of the norms. Most of them would engage in sexual activity despite lacking the desire or sexual attraction, due to variety of reasons, such as wanting to please a romantic partners or even the desire to have children of their own.

I really didn't expect Nicky to have that ending after his final confrontation with Sebastian. As I thought...
...there would definitely be a brilliant plot twist to save Nicky's arse ever since his Grand-Mamma predicted his demise, so that he and Ban could have the happiness they deserved. I was a little sad that the new Nicky doesn't remember Ban or their prior relationships (yes plural for relationship makes more sense here) yet his last comments gave me hope.

I have a feeling that Ban and Nicky are true soulmates, hence they kept finding each other every lifetime although one of them are earthbound forever and destined to be the one waiting and pining for his true love's return.

In the end, that unexpected ending works out pretty well too. I like Jean-Paul *winks* Such a succulent morsel *smacks lips*.

I am ever so glad I decided to read this book despite the off-putting book cover. The cover was so uninspiring and boring and I especially disliked the look of that two male models. Blargh! They absolutely CANNOT represent the Bancroft and Nicholas in my heart or in the book.

If not for Syfy's enthusiasm over this book, I would have just missed this treasure due to my aversion towards that bookcover. Hence I shall kiss the ground Syfy walks on and follow her breadcrumbs diligently from now on. *wide grin*

I love the chemistry between Ban and Nicky, they are perfect together. How I enjoyed Ban's cheeky teasing of Nicky - I see it as a loving display of affection.

It has been such a long time since I last read a vampire book almost on par with my favorite author, Anne Rice's work. I am now thirsting for more of such stories. Maybe I should go re-read my beloved Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice just to calm this newly rekindled blood sucking craving of mine.

The book has a harmonious mixture of historical romance, horror, supernatural, thriller and mystery, creating a dark, chilling yet erotically spellbinding story that intoxicate the mind of the readers.

I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to all M/M readers especially those who adores the vampire folklore.

The accused bookcover: