Book Title: Freezing Aversion
Author: BL Maxwell
Publisher and Cover Artist: BL Maxwell
Release Date: December 29, 2021
Genre: Paranormal M/M Romance
Tropes: Fated Mates, Forced Proximity, Paranormal Romance, Vampire Thriller, Vampire Hunter
Themes: Found mate, Vampire Romance, Newborn Vampire, Trapped by snow
Heat Rating: 2 flames
Length: 50 000 words
It’s the second book in the Consortium Series but it is a standalone story.
It does not end on a cliffhanger.
A Tracker who can find anyone except the mate he’s always craved.
Benjamin Coulton is a tracker employed by the Consortium, the ruling counsel of vampires. When he’s sent to investigate a rogue vampire killing indiscriminately in a remote region of Alaska. Bad weather hampers his effort and he loses the vampire he’s been tasked to find.
Leon Davis and his friend Brian agreed to be winter caretakers for several cabins and a fishing lodge, thinking it would be easy money. They settle into their daily routine of checking the cabins for animal break-ins, or broken water pipes, and prepare for a long winter.
Until a run in with a vampire changes everything. Ben finds a newly turned vampire left for dead by the rogue vampire, and suddenly Ben’s mission changes course. In the freezing wilderness of Alaska, he uncovers more truths and the mate he’d always longed for… and now the killer vampire is tracking them.
MM Paranormal Romance.
Letting my senses guide me, I came upon a small grouping of cabins that surrounded a lake, just like the sign promised. It was so far removed from where I’d turned off the main road that I couldn’t believe there could be a human out here. But there was.
I was slammed from behind and tumbled toward the ground but managed to land on my feet before spinning to face whatever had attacked me.
Before me crouched a vampire who appeared to have been feeding to the point of being blood crazed. He had no control over his instincts at this point and was consumed with the need to feed, and by the way he bared his teeth at me, he didn’t know any better than to try to feed on me. His face was partially hidden from view by the hood of his jacket, and what looked like a stocking hat pulled down low.
“Stand down, vampire, or I will end you.” I readied for his attack that I knew would come. He was far past caring about consequences and believe me, there would be consequences.
He snarled and attacked; grabbing my hair and running up the trunk of a tree, he ripped my head back. Twisting around, I tore myself from his grip and stood on his back as I pressed him into the snow.
“Get off me or you will die.” He fought, even though he knew he would not win. The madness that overtook him left him unreasonable to a point he would not be saved, and I grunted as he heaved me off him and against a tree.
He was up in a flash charging at me again. “Must feed,” he screamed, his hands curled into claws as he charged. I spun as he reached me and pulled the knife from my waistband. Though it only left him off balance for a split-second, it was enough to give me the advantage. When he attacked again, I spun the knife and plunged it into his heart. It wasn’t enough to destroy him, but it would injure him.
He screamed in pain before running off into the woods. Fuck, why did it always have to be so hard?
About the Author
BL Maxwell grew up in a small town listening to her grandfather spin tales about his childhood. Later she became an avid reader and after a certain vampire series she became obsessed with fanfiction. She soon discovered Slash fanfiction and later discovered the MM genre and was hooked.
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Rating: 3 stars
*I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*
When vampire tracker Ben is tasked with finding a rogue vampire in icy Alaska, he instead discovers newly turned vampire Leon. Cruelly tortured and left for dead by his sire, Leon struggles to remember what happened and his human life. Deciding to protect him and help him to come to terms with his new existence, Ben now must finish his mission no matter what. Before the vampire he has been tracking comes for Leon.
I must admit I did struggle a bit when reading this novel. The premise is very good, and I liked the idea of a council of vampires overseeing the vampire world. The main character Ben is likeable and just wants to do what is right. His interactions with Leon were interesting to confusing at times. They have some sort of connection from the moment that they meet, but I felt as though the relationship was rushed and did not come off as very believable as a result.
I also found myself confused by all the characters’ objectives. Ben was to kill the rogue vampire and any vampires that he had turned, but then the orders somehow change to bringing him in alive, and then he can kill him again. Also, the rogue vampire did not seem to have any sort of plan apart from constantly attacking the heroes and disappearing again. He was supposed to be the strongest vampire who had escaped the Consortium’s prison, but he came across as more like a crazed animal with barely any semblance of control. This made it extremely difficult to believe that he could have come up with an escape plan, let alone carried it out.
I just felt that the whole thing was rushed, and this is a shame as there are some good ideas and characters, it just needs further development.