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Last Chance by Viki Lyn

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Blurb:
Aric Christian is the wildly smart PhD candidate specializing in Molecular Biology. With a willowy body bordering on thin, slight hips, and even slighter waist, Aric's hard muscles and steel strength bends but doesn't break. Long blackish hair dips in his hazel eyes when he's not wearing his rimless glasses. At times, he turns into quite a different creature, and is working desperately to seek a cure.

Stu Hamilton is the wildly popular college wide receiver, and big man on campus. He's tall, broad shouldered, finely tuned and has broad hands, perfect to jump and catch the ball. He's all muscle and grace and blue, blue eyes. Mussed blond hair layered and tapered down to his nape fuels his reputation as the guy who breezes through life. Hidden from his friends is his family's secret - he's from a long line of vampire-slayers. Turning away from that life, he wants nothing to do with blood feuds, men of the dark night and killing.

Then Aric bumps into Stu, or rather his football, and their lives are forever intertwined. Will these born enemies find a way toward love?

Bottom line up front:
Well, it wasn't Twilight, or full of non-spanky suck.

The rest:
Stu is a moderately likable character, for a jock who is following his mom's wish to play football. The whole thing with Stu playing "wide receiver" on the field and in bed made my eyes roll out of my head and down the stairs. In addition, he didn't make much sense as far as his sexuality went.

Stu lost his breath, then caught it again. It was that sexy timbre of Aric's command that excited him. And the complete surprise that he liked being dominated. Did this make him the girl in the relationship? Was he, in fact, gay? Heat flushed across his neck at the thought. He hated labels. And well, he wasn't anything like his flamboyant gay brother, who flaunted his sexuality.

That I didn't get. From the beginning, Stu knows he's gay and is only serially dating girls to keep up appearances. It does not then make sense that he suddenly questions his sexuality when he finally meets a guy he's attracted to.

Aside from the numerous references to how feminine Aric looks, and how that may or may not play into Stu's attraction for the guy, there was another disturbing element. Aric is twenty-six, Stu is twenty-two. Yet Aric is constantly referring to Stu as childlike in manner and looks in the same thought as he ponders how attractive the guy is.
He glanced down at Stu, who, with his eyes closed and his breathing quiet, looked like a child. Aric kissed his forehead, and dreamy eyes opened, showing delight. Stu grinned, and Aric got lost in the dazzling purity of the expression.
What the efff with the feminine/pedo inferences here? Pedo Bear would approve, I think.

This vamp story had enough new elements and interesting twists to keep my interest. There seemed to be a bit of a setup for a series, or at least a sequel involving Corbin, Stu's older, gay-er brother. The story as a whole lacked depth in either the main characters or the supporting cast. It made for a few slightly less boring hours of reading, but wasn't as developed as I like a story to be. Several elements with vampire slayers and the vampires themselves could have been explored more, particularly if the story is to be played out over more than one book.

I liked the writing enough that I'd read the next book, if there is one, but I'm feeling more than a little underwhelmed right now.

Get your copy of Last Chance here.

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krisngoodbooks
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
You didn't say whether they sparkle or not, kitteh. That may be a deal breaker for me.
emmyjag
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
no sparkles. think that would have been an improvement, actually!
erastes
Feb. 2nd, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
*dies*

can you please invent a "pedo bear approves" icon?
emmyjag
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
done!
erastes
Feb. 3rd, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
omg - so brilliant!
wedschilde
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
oooooo.... there's a need for the twilight vibrator.
emmyjag
Feb. 6th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
I actually do have a sparkly purple rabbit, come to think of it
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