Title: Gabriel’s Mate (Scanguards Vampires #3)
Author: Tina Folsom
Published: Dec 2010
My Copy: Book Lovin’ Bitches eBook Tours
After Maya is turned into a vampire against her will, vampire and Scanguards bodyguard Gabriel is charged with protecting her and finding her attacker.
Gabriel has never guarded a body as perfect as Maya’s. But while the sexual tension between them rises and the rogue vampire closes in on them, Gabriel can’t allow himself to give into the desire he feels for Maya. He fears to fully show himself to her despite the intimacies they share – afraid she will react like all other women when she discovers the horror he hides.
Will she run from him when she discovers his secret, calling him a monster, a freak, a creature not worthy of her love?
I spent half of this book trying to figure out what was up with Gabriel’s manhood and the rest feeling scandalized once I found out. As a result, I made quick work of this novel! But be forewarned, there’s a reason why this one comes with a sexual content advisory! Gabriel’s Mate isn’t solely about toe curling action mind you, it’s also a great story.
I immediately developed a crush on Gabriel. He hasn’t had the easiest of existences. Add to that the fact that he’s a vampire ergo immortal. His torments follow him for all of eternity; you can’t help but feel sorry for him. Not only does he have a nasty scar across his face that repels women but there’s also something wonky going on in his pants that’s caused him to be celibate for years. I’ve never been so curious about a character’s man parts before! Light isn’t shed on his problem until half way through the book. Let me just say this: I think Gabriel is too much man for me! I bet you’re curious now too!
Gabriel’s Mate revolves around the growing romantic relationship between Gabriel and Maya. He holds her hand through her transformation into a vampire and immediately feels drawn to her. Maya doesn’t instantly feel the same way. I enjoyed spending time in both of the characters’ minds. Readers get to witness Maya and Gabriel’s internal arguments in which their brains don’t agree with their bodies. It’s no surprise that pleasure wins! There’s an interesting twist thrown in at the end that really brings the story full circle.
As far as the nookie content is concerned… it was abundant, hot and at times down right scandalous! If you were to judge this book by its cover you’d be almost dead on. Except it takes a while for Gabriel and Maya to jump each others’ bones because we don’t know what’s wrong with Gab’s junk. But when they do finally get it on, sparks fly! The r-rated action’s hotness increases until the end and culminates in an oh-my-god-is-it-hot-in-here finale. What used to be Gabriel’s curse is now a gift. Reminder: this book is not for the squeamish!
Don’t let the high sizzle factor lead you to believe that the story itself is flaky. Quite the contrary, it’s intriguing and the naked action doesn’t overshadow it. Gabriel’s Mate is a fun read that will have you feeling and thinking about all kinds of things! Yes, some of them will be naughty. For those of us looking to unthaw in the dead of winter, this book will make you hotter than any blanket!
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