Thursday, April 29, 2010

Review: Her Vampire Husband

Her Vampire Husband
Michele Hauf
Paranormal Romance
Wicked Games series/Book 3
Harlequin/March 2010
Received for Review

From the author's website ~

An arranged marriage between a werewolf and a vampire.

There will be blood.

She may resist his bite, but she can't resist his charms...

Werewolf princess Blu Masterson won't allow her seductive vampire husband to consummate their marriage with his bite, marking her forever. Alone in a secluded estate with her sworn enemy, Blu curses the marriage arranged to bring their rival nations together, especially since Creed Saint-Pierre calls out to her most feral desires.

When Blu uncovers her pack's secret plot to destroy the vampire nation—and Creed—she is forced to confront her growing feelings for her sexy undead husband. Will she choose the only life she's ever known or accept his vampire bite?

Eventhough this is the third book in the series I had no problem catching up with what was going on in Hauf's supernatural world of vampires, werewolves and witches. The hero and heroine are an odd couple. He's around 900 years old and she's in her twenties. Not only is there a huge difference in their ages but also in their species. He's a vampire and she's a werewolf. Their marriage is suppose to bring about a truce of the two groups but you know that's not going to happen.

Blu Masterson is a full fledged 21st century woman. She loves to dress up and wear different colored wigs to suit her mood and clothing. Blu likes to have fun and is a total party girl. She's also one of the few female werewolves surrounded by a pack full of males. So you'd think her pack would treat like the princess she is. Nope. Blu's had it rough and has learned some coping mechanisms to survive. I liked Blu and thought she had survived well considering everything she had lived through. She could have ended up a crazy psycho or a cold hearted bitch. She was neither. She was lonely, having few real friends. She was also suspicious of her new husband, not sure what to believe but knowing that she was falling for him. Much of what Blu showed to the outside world was a front for what was really inside. She's smart and has a far greater knowledge of what is going on politically than the males around her think.

Creed has been around for a long, long time. He's thought to be the oldest vampire and has the experience to back up that claim. Thankfully he doesn't look his age but is very good looking. He has an air of intelligence and sophistication many of the younger vampires lack. He's not sure what to make of Blu and her multi-colored wigs. She is an enigma to him with her sexy way of dressing and party girl attitude contrasting with her love of reading and keen intellect. Creed is drawn to Blu, to her love of life and her beautiful body. Creed and Blu were physically attracted to each other and acted on that attraction. Hauf wrote some very hot and steamy love scenes. Aside from the physical attraction I couldn't help but wonder how these two very different people could form a relationship outside of the bedroom.

The later part of the book deals a lot with the two waring factions. Creed and Blu are trying to make the truce a reality but coming up against strong and dangerous opposition. Aside from trying to make something of their marriage Creed and Blu also have to deal with the groups of vampires and werewolves that are against the truce. They find out they are not safe and have to make decisions concerning their loyalty to their nations and each other. The political aspects of the story were complex with different groups within the vampire and werewolf nations at odds.

The secondary character of Blu's boyfriend I found to be a complete idiot and was glad when she finally saw him for what he was. And yes, she did have a boyfriend when she married Creed. It was a political marriage and Blu wasn't expecting it to last. She wasn't at all happy about being married to a vampire, the thought of drinking blood sickened her. I did like her friend Bree, a sidhe. The faeries had no real enemies the way the werewolves did so Bree wasn't as negative towards the marriage to a vampire as Blu was.

I liked how patient Creed was with Blu. His tenderness towards her and his ability to open up to her about his life all helped to bring them closer together. I also liked the way Blu called Creed "Dude". She was letting him know that she's young and hip and he's not. LOL I do wish that the love story of Blu and Creed had been paced better. They were enemies and then they were lovers and then in love. It was after they said the I-love-yous that it felt a little off. It was as if saying the words it erased all of their previous doubts and mistrust.

There were some characters from previous books as well as characters from cross-over books. They came across as interesting with werewolves, witches, more vampires and humans-turned-vampires. They got my interest in the other books in the series. Fortunately I've got a few of Ms. Hauf's books on the tbr pile and plan on reading more of her paranormal stories.

Rating: B


  1. Leslie, this sounds like an interesting series, full of political intrigue and lots of different species. Blu and Creed sound like a couple I would like. :)

  2. Hils ~ It was interesting. A lot more to it than I expected. I'll definitely be reading more from this series.

  3. I read another review of this book somewhere in the last week or two and it totally caught my attention. Which I'm so surprised about since I feel kind of out of the paranormal new release loop.

    I'm going to have to seriously consider adding this one to my list. :)

  4. Christine ~ It's an interesting world that Hauf has created. I plan to get more of her books. :)

  5. This one didn't work as well for me than for you. I don't know what it is, but meh. I like Blu and Creed, I guess I was just expecting a bit more from this marriage of convenience.