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"Hot-blooded vamps, weres, and fey in a fast-paced tale"

Severely beaten by her estranged husband, Christina faces certain death—until Sebastian intervenes. He gladly takes the responsibility of being her Maker, giving her his immortal's blood and a new life. In turn, he finds in her arms the love and fulfillment he's been seeking for three centuries.

But a far greater evil than Christy's abusive ex-husband is after them, and it will take the forces of bloodletter, werekind, and fey together, united by this woman's cause, to face a threat that could bring their whole world to its knees.

The huge success of paranormal romance has flooded the market with all kinds of creatures, and new takes on old legends—for better or for worse. While Ms. D'Arc's characters follow fairly standard paranormal canon, she avoids the pitfalls of cliché to give us a series peopled with strong folk who come from vastly differing backgrounds, with various strengths, shortcomings, and quirks. While our heroine, Christy, flirts with "supergirl syndrome", she still displays enough uncertainty and imperfection to keep her believable, and her plight as a survivor of domestic abuse is sure to resonate with many readers. Sebastian is all alpha male, but not of the tortured, brooding variety. Instead, he comes across as someone who has dealt with his past, though he has regrets, and has had a productive, interactive life even as he searched for his "One". He can also control his natural tendencies to do what is best for his mate—a nice change from many alpha heroes.

This is a novel-length addition to Ms. D'Arc's paranormal world found in Lords of the Were, Forever Valentine, One and Only, and Rare Vintage. As such, we are not only treated to Christina and Sebastian's love story, but also a fascinating look into the mostly unseen world of bloodletter, fey, and were, watched over and recorded by the mysterious Altor Custodis, and hunted by the wicked Venifucus. She deftly joins old and new characters as this story arc progresses toward what promises to be a grand blowout. If you can't start at the beginning of the series, don't let that keep you from it. This can be read as a stand alone, but be prepared to start looking for the rest! **note: this title contains explicit sex scenes, including ménage**

Reviewed by Julia Clark
Posted January 4, 2008

SUMMARY

An abused woman has the power to unite werefolk, fey and vampire against an evil that would see them all dead—if she can learn to love again.

Christy lies near death after a brutal beating by her estranged husband. Her preternatural friends reach a desperate conclusion: The only way to save her is to turn her. Sebastian steps forward to take on the burden of being her Maker.

For him it’s no burden at all. She draws him as no other woman has for centuries. With the help of a werecougar friend, Sebastian teaches Christy about her new life and abilities, making certain she is as strong as he can make her. Only then can she face her abusive ex-husband and put her old life behind her. But Christy’s ex-husband is involved in something more dangerous than any of them had guessed.

Vampire, were, and even a fey knight must work together to put an end to the threatening evil. To overcome her past, help keep the darkness at bay, and fight for a new life with Sebastian, Christy must draw on all of her new-found strength.

Will it be enough?

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Warning: this title contains explicit sex, graphic language, ménage a trois, hot neck biting and werecougar stroking.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Red Hots!
Length: Novel

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Sweeter Than Wine
by Bianca D'Arc

Samhain Publishing
December 1, 2007
Available: December 11, 2007
ISBN #1599986825
EAN #9781599986821
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Other Books by
Bianca D'Arc

The Beast Within
Once Bitten, Twice Dead
Half Past Dead
Inferno
Phantom Desires
FireDrake
Rare Vintage
One and Only
Jaci's Experiment
FireDrake
Davin's Quest
Wings of Change
Hara's Legacy
Fortune's Fool
Prince of Spies
Lords of the Were
The Ice Dragon
Border Lair
Maiden Flight


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