Monday, August 11, 2014

Book Tour for A Bite In Time by Viki Lyn & Vina Grey (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Fans of the Orbus Arcana series will be celebrating today as I bring you the sexy m/m read, A Bite In Time by Viki Lyn and Vina Grey.  Add in a bit of mystery and political intrigue and you have one heckuva read.  Learn more about this book as you keep reading not only my review but by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!

A dangerous secret, a vampire, plus one sexy cop is a recipe for trouble.
JOHN REEDER has accepted his love for VINCENT KAMATEROS, but he doesn’t know his lover is a vampire. When a deranged vampire targets Vincent, John has to deal with uncovered secrets that blow his life apart.
Will Vincent reveal his true nature to protect the cop who has come to mean more than his own life? In doing so, he might ruin his only chance for a ‘happy ever after’ with John.

EXCERPT:

“Euro for your thoughts?” Vincent teased as he kissed John’s neck.
“Maybe a dollar. At least I can spend it at home.” John touched Vincent’s face. “I wish we had another day, that’s all.”  
Vincent kissed him and John’s cock nudged forward.
John pulled away. “We better get going. Shower first.”
“Good idea.” Vincent charming smile hinted of mischief.
Warmth spread across John’s chest. Shit. He was officially a sap reacting so easily to Vincent’s charm.
Biting his lip, he stood and pressed one hand on Vincent’s shoulder, stopping him from rising. “Alone.” How to explain the need to build back his defenses, so once they returned to Arizona, his relationship with Vincent existed, once again, in the privacy of their homes.
“We’re leaving in an hour,” John added, putting an end to fooling around.
Vincent leaned back on his elbows, his legs stretched out giving John an eye full of what he’d miss showering alone. John ran his hand across his scalp, ogling but not caring.
“More reason for me to shower with you,” Vincent said. “Once we’re home, you’ll stuff me back into the closet.”
The hairs on John’s nape stood as a flint of anger lit in him. Vincent read his thoughts and it was goddamn irritating. Then his shoulders slumped. Jesus. A big, bad cop scared of coming out. It had been a few months since he committed to making their relationship work. He was beginning to trust Vincent completely, and planned to make headway, but damn if he hated Vincent baiting him about coming out.
Didn’t Vincent get it? He didn’t like being pushed against the wall. And yet he had made a promise he would make the attempt. That he wouldn’t let his attitude come in the way of a relationship. To be fair, Vincent held back his impatience, most of the time.
“This has been great,” John waved his hand to take in the room. “But it’s a far cry from Arizona. Julie knows, and I’m going to tell Free, but I’m not ready to tell my peers or my parents.”
No matter how much he craved for an open relationship, once back in Arizona, he’d be Detective John Reeder, straight son of Irish Catholic parents. Sure he’d made slight progress, telling his sister he was gay. But from asimple thing like telling his sister who’d already guessed to coming out to his parents was a long fucking way. Yet, guilt overwhelmed John every time he pulled back from Vincent’s touch in public, the hurt in his lover’s eyes eating at him.
Vincent slipped on his robe, his good-natured teasing vanished. “John, when will you face who you are? A gay man with a boyfriend who loves you. I refuse to be treated as a shameful secret.”
Love? Did he say love? Oh fuck.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

The relationship between a human and vampire is a rocky one and in this latest installment in the Orbus Arcana series things between Vince and John isn't all roses as lies surround them.  John still isn't ready to come out and Vince is tired of being his dirty little secret.  Vince's hiding his being a vampire is also a barrier to their HEA as recent murders have John especially doubtful and repulsed by vampire myths.  With personal issues weighing on them and a killer from Vince's past targeting him it's a pulse pounding thrill ride from start to finish amidst some hot and heavy sexual encounters.

The relationship between Vince and John crackles with sexual tension.  There's a constant push and pull for dominance that's intoxicating and makes their relationship even more intense.  When they're alone everything is perfect and dream-like.  When the outside world invades things become tense and lives are put in danger.  The case John is working on hits close to him and puts Vince's life in danger as political machinations leave him a target and point to a rebellion just bubbling beneath the surface with ramifications that have me intrigued for the future.  These political issues leave doubt as to who's really friend and foe but when he needs him most Vince and John's relationship enters a new stage and forges a deeper commitment that makes them a formidable team.

With their relationship put through the emotional wringer due to their lies and secrets this is a heartbreaking story at times.  Luckily there's the humorous, charming, sexy, and loyal Angelo.  He's constantly by Vince's side supporting him and aiding him in discovering the truth behind the murders and the far-reaching consequences.  We get more insight into his abilities and his closeness to Vince as a blood brother and as a protector to his royal line.  He brings a breath of fresh air to every scene he's in and I look forward to him taking center stage as he too deserves a HEA.  

With such a strong secondary character and a compelling main couple this was an engaging read and great addition to the Orbus Arcana series.  There's a perfect balance between romance and mystery and an intriguing set-up to the political issues surrounding Vince's becoming King one day.  The rebellion looks to be dangerous and you can feel the tension building and an all-out war looming.  For now, I'll treasure the new bond forming between Vince and John but I'm left worried for their future and the possible bloodshed war will bring.  Fans of the paranormal will find this an exhilarating read and I'm counting down the days until the next installment. 

My rating for this is an A.

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Viki Lyn:
What inspires me - the reality that romance between lovers is a hope more than a guarantee. My stories are an eclectic mix of contemporary and paranormal, but it is always romance that drives the story to its final happily-ever-after. There's nothing better than reading a good book over an espresso, watching a movie or trying out a new restaurant. I'm the author of several gay romances, including Last Chance, Rainbow Award winner for the Best Gay Paranormal/Horror. Viki’s website is http://www.vikilyn.com/
Vina Grey:
Vina Grey loves writing about romance. Two people finding each other, the two-step before they get together and the happily ever after, have to be the best story ever. Throw in some paranormal elements and she's in heaven. Vampires and cops, anyone? She loves to jabber away with anyone about books, so drop her a line at vinagrey@gmail.com. Vina’s cyber home is here: http://vinagrey.wordpress.com/

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27 comments:

  1. Your impressions are very helpful thank you. An A is good.

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  2. What an interesting post, extract and review, which made me want this book even more, excellent review :) I love the book cover as well.

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    1. HI Sula, so glad you like the cover (us too :o). And Angelo is taking on a strong persona, isn't he? We'll have to see if he wants his own story!
      Cheers, Vina

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  3. Thank you I enjoyed the excerpt and the review

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  4. Nice post, I didn't know the second book was out. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. HI everyone,
    Thanks for hosting us today. Sorry to be late to the game but my system is so jet lagged from 24 hours of flying back from Bali, I just can't seem to get caught up.
    We love the cover too! And for those of you enjoying the series, Book 3 will be out around Halloween (universe willing and the crik don't rise - lol).
    Cheers, Vina

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    1. Yay, you're back! I'm happy to have you back home! :) I bet Bali was wonderful. Ready to dig deep into book 3? :)

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  6. Good morning! Thank you for such an insightful review. Yes, I LOVE Angelo and he will get HEA (maybe!) but it won't be easy. As Vina said, we're diligently working on book 3 to have it ready by Halloween. *grin* The first book cover, For The Bite Of It, and this one, were done by Winterheart Designs, and Lex designed book 3 as well. We love the covers. So who is your favorite guy on this cover - Vince or John? :)

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    1. As to favorite guy on the cover....that award goes to Mr. Chiseled Cheekbones in the background!

      The Scarf Princess

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    2. Oh, yeah, Vincent certainly wins hands down most of the time. Of course, I have a soft spot for John, and he's no slouch in the looks department, but what is it about those dark brooding types we love so much!

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  7. Welcome Back Vina and Viki! I'm honored to be hosting you again and thrilled that we'll be seeing more of Angelo! Thanks for everyone's kind words and I look forward to seeing the discussion continue throughout the day!

    The Scarf Princess

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  8. Thanks for sharing! Love that cover :)

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    1. We used Winterheart Design for our covers, and love them all! Can't wait to reveal book 3's cover. It just might be my favorite. :)

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  9. Thanks for sharing your review, I just started the book and am now looking forward to finishing it. :)

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  10. Nice excerpt and review

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  11. I liked seeing the book cover.

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  12. I really enjoyed the first book but am totally ready for this second one!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you Alaina for purchasing For The Bite Of It - our first book. We hope you enjoy A Bite In Time. We love Vince and John - and building on the Orbus Arcana world in each book.

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  13. Thank you Goddess Fish and Jody for hosting us yesterday, and Jody for adding your review to Amazon. This really help us authors. :) And all of you who have commented and entered the Rafflecopter. Good luck!

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  14. Love the excerpt. Book 1 has been on my TBR for a while now. Guess it's time to shove it to the top!

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  15. I enjoyed both the excerpt an the review. Thanks!

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  16. Great post. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  17. Congrats on the A review. The two have a lot of issues to resolve which has my interest.

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  18. The great review! The book sounds really good!

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  19. I loved the excerpt and your review. The book cover is lovely too. I would love to read this book. My favorite book genre is paranormal romance I know that I would enjoy this story.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

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