Hell to the Damned [Living Cold 1] (Siren Publishing Classic ManLove) - Addison Avery 2 1/2 - 3 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Colburn is one of only a small number of vampires who are ‘out’ in the mortal world, he has become the darling Savannah society and he revels in the playboy image he has worked so hard at. Felix is an upstanding member of society and he is very much in the vampire ‘closet’, he disdains those that flaunt themselves and has no need himself for one night stands. During a dinner party that Felix’s sister has arranged the two meet and Felix is disturbed by the attraction he feels for Colburn, Colburn is equally dumbfounded but pursues Felix with an unquenchable thirst only to leave denying their mating.

This story was interesting but very unfulfilling, while it was a very strong case of opposites attracting it limped along with a fizzle rather than a bang. Colburn has slept his way through Savannah high society, both men and women, and loves his life. Colburn is invited to all the parties and is unsurprised when he is invited to Felix’s, but he is surprised by his reaction to cold fish Felix. Felix doesn’t want to throw any parties but his sister insists that he will never find his mate sat at home reading. Meeting Colburn throws Felix but rejecting the man’s advances would take more willpower than even he possesses especially as the man is his mate, but having Colburn turn his back and leave causes them both pain until Colburn accepts that running isn’t going to work.

While this has an interesting storyline and there was some hot sex, the story was lacklustre and didn’t hold my attention even with one or two quirky characters. Felix is very much a stick in the mud and Colburn is very extravagant neither really thinks much of the other until they meet face to face, throw in a troublesome neighbour and we have some tension. Colburn swears he will accept their mating but as soon as he is finished with Felix he leaves and tries to fight the mating pull. Felix has no intention of chasing Colburn but is relieved when Colburn comes back and they swear to always be together. Neither character really shines and the story is set over a couple of days, but there really wasn’t anything to grab your attention and keep a hold of it.

I would recommend this to those who love vampires, instant mating, hot sex and a touch of trouble.