Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review: Amaury's Hellion by Tina Folsom

Title: Amaury's Hellion
Series: Scanguards Vampires
Author: Tina Folsom
Read copy: eBook
Published: October 14, 2010
Publisher: Smashwords
ISBN: 0011822228
ISBN-13: 2940011822223

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 catapult her into his arms and his bed every time she is near him.

As every kiss brings them physically closer, danger is lurking and threatens to destroy the little trust they have in each other.

My rating:

The premise was great—a vampire that can feel emotions of those around him, a constant onslaught that brings him pain (one emotion is particularly painful—love, since he's been cursed never to feel love himself), when he meets the only woman whose emotions he cannot read.
I know, right.

Unfortunately that only woman whose emotions poor Amaury could not read turned out to be a hot-and-cold-running, vampire-slayer-wannabe, caustic little bitch. I hated her with a passion, which resulted in me not particularly liking the entire story.
Which is a huge surprise give the fact I absolutely loved its predecessor, Samson's Lovely Mortal. The fact I hated the heroine just ruined everything for me. And Amaury, the vamp whose story I actually looked forward to reading, lost his shine with a "mate" like that.

I don't know what it was. Maybe the fact I read this one right after the first in the series might've "colored my perception", but I guess it was just the bitch-slappable heroine. She acted like an idiot most of the time, jumping from one TSTL situation to the next, running hot and cold, until both Amaury and the reader got whiplash...Sheesh, I couldn't stand the woman and I actually pity the fictitious vampire Amaury for having ended up with this particular ball and chain.

The saving grace of this story was the suspense, which was pretty good and nicely done, but unfortunately couldn't shake the heroine-curse long enough to really make it work for this story.


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