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Embrace Paperback – October 10, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Less Than Three Press (October 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936202034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936202034
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,079,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What surprised me of Embrace is that, despite the theme, Vampire retro-fantasy about alternative Master and pet relationship, it was strangely sweet, sometime even pretty, and very romantic. The blurb presents the story of nobleman Aubrey and his vampire pet Ruthven, but it's also the story of Gille and Stregoni, respectively cousin and best friend of Aubrey, and probably this second love story is the one I like the best.

Aubrey is not the typical nobleman hero, i.e. he is not strong and aloof, with a trouble soul which needs to expiate some past sins, and above all he is not the typical hero you would see in the role of a Master; on the other hand, Ruthven is far from being submissive, and, while the story presents a different type of vampire, men and women who are submissive to their owner, Ruthven is exactly how you would imagine an ancient vampire, self-assured, quick in mind and actions, but with a light touch, a penchant for sweetness, that makes him more near to Aubrey.

As I said, I loved Stregoni and Gille; Gille is the villain, or at least this is like the author presents him, the aloof man who was not able to tight a bond of friendship with Aubrey, the one who stole the love of Aubrey's father, the substitute son, someone Aubrey considers better than himself, at least in being the son his father wants. Plus Gille has stolen Stregoni's heart, and he is now treating him no better than a whore, using him for sex without never giving him sweet words or some kind actions. But Gille is also very possessive, and when he has the little doubt that Stregoni can find in someone else the love he is not able to find in Gille, he becomes jealous, and almost violent in proving Stregoni he is Gille's property and no one else.
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Vampires choose to be pets?!

I know unusual concept, but one I can get behind. Most vampire novels show humans being manipulated into the pet role. "Embrace" presents a history where vampires out of control behavior led them to willingly submit to pet-hood. This is not a book about servitude or slavery. The vamps are truly pampered like the most spoiled pet.

As any dysfunctional, wealthy family would Aubrey's purchased him the most extravagant present he would never want. He accepted with as much grace as possible, very little, and began the arduous task of avoiding his new pet. This may have worked if Ruthven were any normal pet. Anything but submissive Ruthven will have you wondering just who the master is.

"Embrace" is fleshed out by a dysfunctional family fueled by misunderstandings and secrets. They are of course wonderful people (how else would you get a happy ending) who just happen to have poor communication skills and little understanding of healthy family dynamics. When it comes to their family anyway. Add a blooming, seemingly destructive romance for the families physician and you get a book full of romance, turmoil, and murder. Yay!
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3.5 Stars

There are 2 couples in the story. The first couple is Aubrey, the lord returning home, and Ruthven, the vampire Pet that Aubrey is rejecting. Aubrey can tell Ruthven is hiding something and playing behind a facade of expected submissiveness from a Pet. I like the mystery around Ruthven and the slow revealing of his background and history. His back story really helps the world building and explain the dynamics between humans and vampires.

The relationship between Gille and Stregoni is unexpected since they are not mentioned at all in the story blurb. It surprised me to see how much of the story is devoted to this couple, which is as many pages as the main couple. The main difference lies in the high amount of angst from their love-hate relationship. Gille and Stregoni evolved from having a antagonistic relationship in the beginning, to a sweeter romance.

Stregoni is a commoner, friend of Aubrey, and the family doctor for various lords. He is competent at his job and cares about his patients. Every time he cross paths with Gille, Aubrey's cousin, he acts on their attraction but part ways feeling alone, insecure, and bitter. Add to his romance troubles, a new quack doctor in town is causing more trouble than one first presumes. He is actually really strong and loyal to his ideals. He may have relied on Gille at the beginning but turns around to save Gille in the end. I actually enjoy Gille's and Stregoni's relationship more since they interact with the other characters more and more factors influence their relationship.

The only one character I didn't connect with is Aubrey father, Sangre. Sangre's personality changed too fast for my liking.
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