Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Spotlight, Review & GIVEAWAY: Soulless by T. Baggins

Soulless by T. Baggins
A Man of Science

Nicholas Robinson is a chemist decades ahead of his time. Crippled by a riding accident and embittered by his injuries, he shuns the world, focusing on his laboratory and experiments. But when the sale of his country estate, Grantley, leads to an encounter with a vampire, Nicholas realizes there is more in heaven and earth than he ever dreamed possible.

A Creature of Darkness

Although three hundred years old, Bancroft Ulwin is young by supernatural standards. Enslaved by his cruel, deformed maker, Ban is forbidden from relations with mortal men unless it ends in death. But his liaison with Nicholas, expressly against his master’s wishes, soon expands beyond mere lust to something more.

A Love Predestined

Long ago while still mortal, Ban met Serafino, the only true love of his life. When death separated them, Ban accepted his role as an enemy of human kind. But as he comes to suspect Nicholas is Serafino reincarnated, Ban begins to question everything he once believed. Including his own damnation.

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About the Author
Orphaned at birth, T. Baggins was raised by wolves until age fourteen, when the pack moved on one night without a forwarding address. Returning to human society, Ms. Baggins taught herself to read and write by studying fan fiction. Cutting her teeth on Kirk/Spock (Star Trek: The Original Series, baby!) she soon began slashing rock stars and X-Men. Despite a lifetime spent in the southern U.S., T. Baggins considers herself a citizen of the cosmos and a freethinker, which is good, because no one has offered so much as a penny for her thoughts. In her spare time she enjoys blogging at Shades of Gay, emptying gin bottles and tweeting into the void as @therealtbaggins.

Nicholas Robinson is a man consumed. He is lord of his manor, a brilliant chemist yet he leads the life of half of a man. He has a bad temperament caused by an accident that left him crippled and where his wife ran away with the doctor. So yeh, he's a bit bad tempered and because he's a cripple and lost his bollocks he pretty much gets leave to be a drunkard and eccentric. Nicholas is thinking of selling his family home Grantley and he is to meet with an interested buyer who decides to have their meeting in the evening. That’s usually the time that Nicholas is well on his to being all sorts of drunk, and it would be wise for him to keep out of the cups for company but...its Nicholas he is crippled and in pain and being a little tipsy won't make a difference.

Nicholas never expected Bancroft Ulwin, a man so sensual he's having thoughts that no god fearing man should ever have for another male. Yet while Mr Ulwin is beautiful there is also something dark about him and Nicholas knows he should be wary but that gets all muddled when Ban places his lips upon his own and feel of another person after all the years is just good. Then that all comes crumbling down because Ban is no man he is a vampire and Nicholas has just invited him into his home (no not the cheesy you have to invite a vampire in).

The men life become more crossed and Nicholas finds himself owned by Ban when he gives up his home and offers his life to save someone he cares for deeply. Ban is pretty his lord and master but they share a bond that seems destined and something has awakened in Nicholas he long thought dead. For Ban, he is pretty much playing with fire because his lord and master is cruel powerful vampire and his punishments are to be feared. His only objective was to acquire Grantley but he went and fell for its owner who reminds him of a time past, a past filled with cruelty that also came from the hands of his master Sebastian. He has pulled Nicholas into a dangerous game and endangered the people his Nicky has sworn to protect.

I feel like this book could have been great because T. Baggins is an amazing author. I do like that these vamps made no apologies about what they are, they drink blood so freaking deal with it. No inner angst about I'm a monster and so on and so forth, they know they're better, faster, and stronger and they use it. I really liked the developing relationship between Ban and Nicholas, wasn't perfect from the beginning and utter doom was impending but they were flirty with each and it made me smile. This one also had a real strong sense of place and intelligent characters and everyone served some kind of purpose.

What irked me above all else is the character Martha. Yes, she was intelligent and I liked her brass manner and strong young girl way but if that girl said "cock" or "quim" anymore I was gonna behead her. I get it, men can be dogs especially in that time but it was established no one was going to put their cock in your quim so need not ask about it so much. And for someone so dead set against any form of physicality the ending came as a surprise. This brings me to the other part that irked me. Seriously, that’s how its gonna go down? That’s how its gonna end? Its sweet, beautiful even but that bit with Martha is a little contradictory to the character she was until that point. Still it was a wonderful horrific story with evil vampires and unlikely heroes.

Should You Read It? I can't recommend T.Baggins enough, I haven't read a book by this author that I didn't enjoy immensely. Soulless was wonderful but that freaking cover doesn't do it enough justice.

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1 comment:

  1. A favorite vampire book? That's hard as there are so many good ones. I'm quite fond of Joyee Flynn's Marius vamps.


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