- File Size: 512 KB
- Print Length: 138 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Electric Prose Publications (November 22, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 22, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ACN9UNS
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,641,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bright City Lights (City of Lights Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This paranormal/urban fantasy m/m romance follows the relationship of Brant, mayor of Bright City, Indiana--who happens to be a closet vampire, and Rabb, an alpha werewolf, who owns City Light, a shifter bar in Bright City. Brant and Rabb are desperately in love with each other, but they broke up five years ago because drinking shifter blood makes vampires crazed. As it's natural for both vampires and shifters to drink from their sexual partners, Brant swore off both Rabb, and sex. So Brant's as sexually frustrated as he is thirsty....
Brant has decreed Bright City a shifter-free zone. This enrages Rabb, who likes his werewolf pack to be urban. The timeline of the story bothered me, here, because it seems as if this is a long-standing issue, keeping shifters out, yet it also seems as if it is imperative to keep normal humans from knowing about shifters. How does one create laws banning certain societal elements, without alerting the population to the existence of said elements? Logically, I was stumped.
Also, Rabb's bar in Bright City is fairly well established. I mean he's got at hiring business, and a gigantic warehouse that is filled with flora and fauna (and a pond for goodness sake) for his urban pack to frolic in. That takes time and money to build. It's also a bit hard to keep quiet, I'd think. Yet, the book opens with a mayoral assistant trying to evict Rabb from his business. How did they not recognize all the shifters were going to City Lights? And, where is all the law enforcement in this place? Not one single cop in the whole story, and there are several murdered shifters, the first being Rabb's bartender.
Instead of law enforcement, the closet vamp Mayor Brant decides that appointing Rabb as an assistant will allow Rabb to investigate the murders of his pack mates. This, to me, only makes the likelihood of shifter discovery higher, but it has the convenient plot aspect of bringing Brant's hearts desire (Rabb) into excruciatingly close proximity. Brant hungers for Rabb's blood, and his splendid manly attributes, but refuses to indulge as that way lay madness...
Then, the mayor and Rabb work together try to solve the shifter murder mystery. Again, no police. And, no one seems to really notice that Brant is shirking his mayoral duties being an amateur sleuth. Rabb takes Brant to sacred shifter territory, and the pack is enraged--wants to kill him. There is no love lost between shifters and vamps, even if the vampire doesn't drink blood. Then, Brant pops in on a big shifter jamboree and is nearly devoured. Dumbest. Vampire. Ever. Rabb is brutally attacked trying to get Brant to safety. Brant ingests shifter blood in the melee and suffers greatly after five years of abstinence. Then, smexytimes. [Me: O_o (?) *remembers it's urban fantasy* *shrugs*]
Anywho, our dogs and vamps are on the case. Brant enlists the vampire council to aid the search. Rabb nearly dies when he encounters the killer. The killer is later found and barely overpowered. More smexytimes.
Lookit. This is not great literature. I found my eyes rolling more than ten times. It is kinda mindlessly amusing in it's campiness, however, and the addition of the mystery subplot adds an edge of danger that kept it interesting. Basically, the main story line is: how can we get two hot paranormal dudes to bang, without making it a bang-fest? The world building was meh--timelines and vigilante legal issues aside--there was only ONE "human" in the whole book. And the idea that a mayor of any 'city' in Indiana could keep his homosexuality, or vampirism, on the down-low seemed to be the biggest fantasy element, to me. (But I'm from Illinois, and we got a saying in Illinois: Stay out of Indiana. If you've been there you'd understand...Hoosierland is rivaled only by, perhaps, Oklahoma or Arizona in it's homophobic political stances.)
I wished the smexytimes had been a touch hotter. Perhaps that'll happen in book 2.
Brant is a vampire in love with a shifter. Rabb's soul soothes him, but the call of his blood is stronger. In order to protect Rabb from the Council's wrath, Brant walked away from their relationship and the Vampire Council's rule five years ago. Ever since then he and has denied himself blood of any kind since. The hunger is excruciating but he considers Rabb's life to be worth the cost. Integrating himself into the human world, Brant is now the Mayor of Bright City and does his best to keep his town shifter free.
Rabb has never been one to follow rules, especially those he deems unnecessary. No shifter he knows would allow a vampire to feed on his blood without consent. As angry as the situation makes him feel, Rabb respects Brant's decision to walk away and has left him alone. Instead, he focuses on his duties as pack Alpha and works tirelessly to bring his pack out of the wilderness and into the modern era.
When murdered shifters being to turn up in Bright City, Brant and Rabb must unite both vampires and shifters, working together to find a killer that threatens them all. The close contact, after so many years apart, reignites the passion and love for each other that never died. Threats loom on all fronts and suspicion fills their ranks. Facing death has a tendency to cut through doubt and reveal that which is truly important, but the fact remains that their love is forbidden.
A well written, fast paced, and darkly entertaining tale, Bright City Lights is a delightful addition to the M/M romance genera. When steamy Alpha males, strong supporting characters, vampires, shifters and magic abound, who could ask for more?
A copy of Bright City Lights was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Let me start by saying that this story was a bit of a mystery to me when I started it. I didn't read any other reviews and just glanced over the blurb. I find that by doing this I don't get spoiled and I enjoy the book I am reading so much more.
We have Rabb who is the Alpha Werewolf, he has just purchased property in Bright City despite the efforts set in place to keep the shifters out. On the other hand we have Brant, he is the mayor of Bright City and he wants to keep the shifters far out of the city. Upon starting out we are given hints that Brant is something other than human but we are not told what. We are also dropped little tidbits that he and Rabb have some sort of history. I was quickly drawn into this book as it has all my favorite in one tightly wrapped package! It has paranormal, mystery/who-dun-it, and a slow burn M/M romance I mean what's not to like?! I was fascinated by trying to unravel who the "big bad" was, waiting to see exactly what Brant is and waiting for them to "come together". I love, love, loved this book! On Goodreads this book is listed as #1 of the City of Lights series and I seriously hope that Declan Sands is planning on continuing it. I was thrilled with the writing and have already purchased Dusted (Blood-hound#1)!
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