Life, taxes and vampires—the three certainties in Erin’s life.
Erin Meyers knows all about the existence of vampires. He’s the guy who helped his twin brother Andrew find true love with the kilt-wearing Radney.
Erin’s used sex as a way to run from his emotions for a long time. It’s become a habit that he’s finally caught on to, and he’s growing tired of it. In fact, he’s growing tired too easily in general.
A doctor’s visit leaves him fearing for his life. When he encounters a friendly vamp he knows out at the club. Erin breaks his no-vamps rule and takes Jude home with him. Together, they burn up the sheets, and Erin finds himself willing to spend more than one night with Jude. Soon, a relationship blooms, but the bad news Erin gets might put an end to any dreams he had for the future.
If you’ve read Radney and Andrew’s story, then you know Erin, his brother. This is his story. This is one of the more lackluster of the Vamp for Me series. They seem to go up and down, up and down as far as I am concerned.
I don’t really get the title of the book. I’ve tried to tie it in with the book and just can’t. Unless she’s taking it off the concept of “cross to bear” kind of idea. And yeah. Martyr Erin kind of has that in spades.
First off, this book starts off 10 years after the last one ended. In The Trouble with Mirrors, Bradford left me wondering what happened to Kellen. We don’t find out in this book, which was somewhat frustrating.
Erin has a hard and fast rule – no dating or f’ing vamps. But one night when he goes out to forget – forget he’s getting older, forget he thinks he might be really seriously ill, and forget that he now looks old enough to be his twin brother’s father—and runs into Jude, a vampire he’s been friends with for a while. They have one very hot night together and whereas he’d usually kick a trick out first thing – hell, usually he doesn’t even take them home with him – he finds himself enjoying having his friend with benefits around.
Things I loved about the book – I loved how Claude and his coven are set on keeping Erin. And I loved that Jude was torn between wanting Erin to have his wish and knowing he just could not lose his mate. Radney, because seriously… kilt-wearing Radney is fun. I wish she could figure out how to do another whole book on Radney – maybe an alternate reality Radney because who doesn’t love the Bat king?
What I did not like – Erin is ill and he’s stubborn. He won’t agree to mate with Jude until his disease is kicked and he’s well enough again. That’s fine. It’s stubborn and I wanted to shake him, but it’s doable. However, at one point Erin is seriously ill. It almost feels like “wow, the author’s gonna kill off her lead character in an erotic romance” kind of ill. And then the very next chapter is the HEA epilogue. It feels like we missed a whole lot of content. Because that jump made no sense in my head whatsoever.
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That plot jump, leaving the reader going “WTF?” I saw Erin and Jude go from A to B to C to D and suddenly they leapt over E through Y and jumped straight to Z and that is what brought it from a 4 to a 3 star.