Review: HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND by Michele Hauf

Review: HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND by Michele Hauf

An arranged marriage between a werewolf and a vampire.

There will be blood.

She may resist his bite, but she can't resist his charms...

Werewolf princess Blu Masterson won't allow her seductive vampire husband to consummate their marriage with his bite, marking her forever. Alone in a secluded estate with her sworn enemy, Blu curses the marriage arranged to bring their rival nations together, especially since Creed Saint-Pierre calls out to her most feral desires.

When Blu uncovers her pack's secret plot to destroy the vampire nation—and Creed—she is forced to confront her growing feelings for her sexy undead husband. Will she choose the only life she's ever known or accept his vampire bite?

Publisher: Harlequin

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Single Title/Series: HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND is book three in the Wicked Games series but can easily be read as a stand alone title.

Cover Thoughts: OMG, I love this cover and both models are excellent representations of the characters with the hero's dark coloring and the heroine's extravagant ruby-red lips and nails. Plus the red ring on her finger is very important to the plot and I love how it was highlighted here. Lastly, the blood spattered title is extremely eye-catching, especially with the red being the only bright color against the white, black and grey. Superb.

Why I Read It: I featured HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND on What's On My Radar? Episode 2. Since then I've been panting for its release when I finally broke down and requested a review galley from the publisher.

My Review:

A centuries long controversy between vampires and werewolves has led to a rather strange peace offering in the form of a marriage. With each species sacrificing one of their own for the union, the dueling parties wait with baited breath for love to blossom and the blood wars to end.

Blu Masterson, the werewolf princess offered for the peace-bringing marriage, has understandably developed a sad distrust of the males not only amongst her own species but of the world as well. Proving time and again that they are vicious takers with their own interests being held above all others, Blu has learned that taking shelter with the least painful of the opposite sex is better than the brutality that she's repeatedly suffered in the hands of the pack as a whole. Worse, her sufferings have been at the command of her father - a man she has little to no respect for but still holds a pack allegiance to. Now she's been forced to marry a vampire lord, a man she has no inking of and one that could potentially cause more pain than she's ever before endured.

Nine centuries is plenty of time for vampire lord, Creed Saint-Pierre, to develop some pretty unhealthy and solidified judgements where werewolves are concerned. They're blood hungry mongrels whom of which Creed had no problems executing on site up until a few decades ago. Now he only kills when in mortal danger but his flagrant hatred for the beasts still exists. Standing up for this farce of marriage, Creed has no intentions of making peace. He'll pretend, of course, but Creed and his vampires have ulterior motives that will soon make the wolves bow down to the vampires forever. But there's one little problem: Creed's new beguiling, sinfully sexy wife rendering most - if not all - of his thoughts south towards the giant ache in his pants. And the discomfort makes focusing on plans of domination difficult.

Mystery swirls intriguingly around Blu for more than half the novel. Parading around in various bright colored wigs, both reader and hero itch to pull them off to reveal the natural hair beneath as though the unveiling is also the key to solving Blu but really it only proves to be the tip of the ice berg. She's a wounded creature but the knowledge that she's never known any different with regards to what a real honorable man is makes her extremely innocent when it comes to her overall reaction to Creed. She dances about him with twists of her flirtatious outfits and turns of her scathing words keeping both Creed and the reader at a healthy distance. But with each successful test Blu lays upon her new vampire husband, his patience soon wins her guarded trust. Never once does he attempt to overpower her, hurt or abuse her. His tenderness is at first confusing and almost fearful but as Blu comes to trust him, her lust ramps sky high as well as her overall need for his love and the fact that she yearns for a vampire matters little. What's important is that she's finally found both freedom and safety, something she's craved her entire life and now that she has it she's determined not to let go.

Early on, Creed doesn't exactly know how to handle his intriguing new wife. Firstly, he's never seen a female werewolf in all his nine hundred years. They're incredibly rare and therefore always hidden protectively within the pack. But his centuries of existence didn't render him daft where women are concerned, quite the contrary. However, it's not just skill with the opposite sex that leads Creed to taming his wildly delicious wife, mostly is just his flaring instinct that she's hurting, that she craves safety and providing Blu with what she needs becomes Creed's whole world. Where he once saw his marriage as a farce now has Creed longing for it all to be real in heart and soul, not just paper on paper.

As Creed's and Blu's love for each other grows, so does the threat of impending war. It's soon obvious that the werewolves have falsely entered this supposed peace-bringing marriage just as much as the vampires with each quietly developing ulterior motives that would leave the destruction of the losing species. Difference is, Creed no longer wishes to harm Blu's family despite their foul treatment of her. He wants peace and to make his marriage last for centuries to come but two blood thirsty species that have both been craving war may prove too ravenous for love to conquer.

HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND had all the makings of a great read and honestly I was fully engrossed at the beginning until the third quarter where everything came to an agonizing crawl followed by a lackluster conclusion. I've got absolutely no complaints where Creed and Blu are concerned. They're a fantastic hero and heroine pairing with their story having all the promise of something amazing only to come up horribly short. In fact, I was sad for them because they did deserve so much more.

Blu was a fascinating heroine. I loved the reasons for her quirky and sexy personality. She kept me guessing her motivations for half the book! I was itching so bad to pull off her gorgeous multicolored wigs right along with Creed. Blu is just so tantalizing and her endearing charisma really reached out of the pages, grabbing you fiercely. Her past was incredibly heartbreaking and the fact that she never knew safety of a good man but instead sought out the least painful of her kind had my reader heart yearning to give her a giant hug. Thankfully Creed handled that perfectly for me.

Speaking of Creed, he was quite luscious and his patience with Blu won my heart with incredible speed. He tamed Blu with sinfully gentle hands and crooning soft words like a cowboy would with a skittish filly he hoped to ride. It was just so sexy. *shudders* I really enjoyed him, I enjoyed them both.

Gawd this book could have been so good. Sigh...


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15 comments:

Monroe Dawson said...

Ive seen this book around and LOVED the cover and the name but its really gotten so many mixed reviews...I just dont know...hmmm...well thanks for the review sweets!

Cecile said...

Hey Vamp! Great honest review. I am sorry to hear that you have lusted over this book for it not to hit that spot for you. I think I have this some where... Hummm might have to see what I get from it.
I hope all is going well for you...

Queen of Romance said...

I loved the review!! Very upfront and refreshing!! I totally want to read this book, it sounds so intriguing!!!

Blodeuedd said...

Too bad it didn't manage all the way for you.
As for the cover, very nice

Leontine said...

Bummer that the book couldn't deliver VFG! I can feel the dissapoinment from your review ;( For some reason this series has never been on my radar but I know Michele Hauf's writing and that she can deliver, I loved her SERAPHIM novel in the Changeling series.

Mandi said...

Yeah - this book started really strong for me. Blu had me cracking up and Creed was a good alpha, mysterious yet caring.

The second half killed it for me....

VampFanGirl said...

You're welcome, Monroe! Oh yeah, I've noticed all the mixed reviews too. Who knows, maybe you'll feel something different for the novel...

;) VFG

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Thanks Cecile! Gawd, I was so dissapointed...oh well. Better luck next time. You should give it a read if you have it. I'm curious to read what you'd think.

Hugs, VFG

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Hi Queen of Romance!

Thanks for lovin' my review, girl, and that despite my disappointment, you're still interested. I'm kinda thinkin' that Blue and Creed are worth the read even with the lackluster second half. Enjoy!

;) VFG

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Hey Blodeuedd!

I'm totally lovin' the cover too.

Hugs, VFG

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Hi Leontine!

Ugh, so disappointed but I did love the characters. However, after this experience I'm a bit nervous about trying anything else by Ms. Hauf. I don't think I could bear falling in love with her characters again only to have the story fall apart.

HUGS, VFG

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Hey Mandi! Yup, I recall from your review that you felt the same disappointment. Sucks.

HUGS, VFG

Smokinhotbooks said...

Seems like you need to do this *yells* hi-yah and cut the book in half. Bummer about the second half.

VampFanGirl said...

LOL, KC! If I did that, it would have made this book an A+!

Hugs, VFG

Tricia said...

Thanks for the honest review hon. I'm sorry it didn't deliver for you in the end, now I'm officially on the fence with this one.

VampFanGirl said...

You're welcome, Tricia!

Well, given that I loved Creed and Blu, I do feel comfortable recommending this title. Maybe you'll love the ending but either way, if you're on the fence, I'd go for it.

Hugs, VFG

carolsnotebook said...

Shame the ending didn't hold up as well as the first two-thirds.

VampFanGirl said...

Yup, it was a shame...But it might work for you Carol. Like I said in a previous comment, I feel comfortable recommending this title because of my love for the hero and heroine. Maybe the story the story will work for you.

Hugs, VFG

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

This one is sure getting mixed review, but I have to say I loved it. I'll be posting my review soon.

Dottie :)

VampFanGirl said...

I'll be checking soon for your review, Dottie. Happy to read that you loved it.

Hugs, VFG

 
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