Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cereus: Building by Sean Michael, BA Tortuga, Julia Talbot


It's no secret that I enjoy a good urban fantasy, and Cereus: Building is full of interesting creatures, and interesting combinations of those creatures.

What happens when a besieged and rather small dragon comes to a vampire and says, “I need your help.” Or when that vampire comes to a werewolf and says, “I have a job for you.” The vampire goes and builds a resort for things that go bump in the night, of course. Riding the wave of Julia Talbot’s Bloodrose series, the multi-author Cereus: Building features paranormal romance from three of Torquere Press’ most-loved authors. The stories move from vampire Jonny’s city club to a new luxury getaway in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, where pleasure and pain are the name of the game.

Julia Talbot’s It’s Elemental features construction contractor Chayton, a werewolf who thinks demon decorator Kenny is a little fussy, and a lot hot. They argue about everything from feng shui to sex. Will they be able to resolve their differences? The Third Course, by BA Tortuga tells the story of Marco and Stephan, werecats, brothers, and chefs who meet their match in head-bartender Faelan, who just happens to be a growly, sexy Top. Finally, Sean Michael’s Smoke and Gold follows the head dominant of the club, Zee, who’s dealing with trying to get his playrooms just so, and trying to figure out maddening dragon Daniel at the same time. Who can resist loving a dragon?

I believe Sean Michael is going for a similar set-up with Cereus as he had with the Velvet Glove series -- the difference being that this is an Urban Fantasy where The Velvet Glove was a Futuristic Fantasy. I loved many of the stories from The Velvet Glove, and I'll be interested in seeing where he takes things with the new Cereus series.

BDSM elements:
  • Bondage and Discipline: 1 of 3.
  • Dominance and Submission: 2 of 3.
  • Sadism and Masochism: 1 of 3 .
As for the writing elements plot pacing prose dialogue character development world-building
  • Book Rating: Cereus: Building: 7 of 10
  • BDSM Intensity Level: 4 of 10
  • Heat Level: 3 of 5

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