Pure, Hot Sin is set in the same universe of another novella by H.C. Brown, Delicious, an alternative reality where shapeshifters, elves, fairies and other magic creatures live together in peace and harmony, or at least most of the time.
There is no the concept of gay, lesbian and heterosexual, everyone lives accordingly to their desires, the important thing is to not harm your neighbour. Basically this is a free-sex community, where exclusivity is not a moral issue. The author did a good job in planning and rendering the atmosphere, and also the total lack of prudery, and that is the reason why, as in the previous novella, the human who stumbles into this new world is a little disoriented, and not sure to like it so much.
Ashrin is a pride male, a shapeshifter cat, and he lured Leo into his world since he recognized in him his soul mate; Leo is not so happy of the situation, first he doesn’t like the idea to not being able to go back home, and second, he doesn’t like the concept of sex as recreational activity. In a way I’m a little like Leo, true in the end Leo will find his place in Ashrin’s world, and will arrive to appreciate the freedom, but still, I remain a monogamous animal. But remember that indeed feline in general are not like that, and living in pack, sharing everything from food, to children, to lovers, is normal and welcomed.
The Vampire's Assistant by Stormy Glenn
As usual this novella by Stormy Glenn is pretty much about soul mates finding each other and being happy together as soon as they exchange the first glance. Jon is a young man with a fresh degree in hand and a dear need of a job; he is probably not suited for the job of personal assistant of the wealthy businessman Nikolas Vaile, but he is applying to everything he finds. For sure he doesn’t expect to end the job interview in bed with Nikolas; or to find out that Nikolas is a vampire and that Jon is his fated mate.
Once Nikolas meets Jon there is nothing much Jon can do to avoid being involved with the ancient vampire; actually neither Nikolas has much choice, basically he looses his mind and mates with Jon without really realizing it. And once they are mated, Nikolas turns in a over-protective “husband” who doesn’t want for his mate to be out of his eyes; actually the position of personal assistant can be a good one, in this way Jon can have the illusion to not being a kept man and Nikolas has the excuse to have him around night and day.
This is only a novella, so there is not much time to develop the story, but I think it would be interesting to see an aftermath of this idea, mixing paranormal romance with office affairs, it gives a glimpse into the day-to-day (or better night-to-night) routing of your “typical” vampire.
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Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing, LLC (August 9, 2010)