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Oct 21 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Eden Bradley’s Rogue (October 21, 2014)

Rogue by Eden BradleyEden Bradley
Rogue
Samhain / October 21, 2014 / $3.50, digital

Madrid, 2069

He is Rogue.

He has known no other life, no other name. Turned at the tender age of nineteen on the dark streets of London, he wanders Europe, angry and rebellious, haunted by the crime that has followed him for over a century. Always alone.

He is Ramsey.

Member of the Vampire Council, all he has are his memories of dazzling grief and unrelenting pain—his only respite is blood and sex. Until a young rogue vampire poaches in his territory…

Inexorably drawn to each other, the head of Madrid’s Midnight Playground and the rebel from nowhere will find passion in each other’s arms—and discover a dangerous secret that could irrevocably change both their worlds.

This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Warning: Savage m/m vampire sex. Fangs and viciousness. The infamous, alluring, and dangerous Capture Gardens. Did we mention hot, kinky vampire sex? Take a breath and enter if you dare!

 

The vampire craze may have waned, but there will always be a part of me that loves a sexy vampire. Eden Bradley’s Rogue is the fifth installment in a futuristic series that explores a world run by vampires. Rogue is a novella that packs a lot of sexiness into one space. Bradley is no stranger to writing erotic romance, and like all good erotic romance, the novella is set up so that the sex scenes give the readers a window into the romantic arc and the world presented in the story itself.

It all begins with a rogue. With no memories of his human past, he roams from country to country, blatantly ignoring the laws of vampire civilization in order to remain free, in order to remain angry. He has been sneaking into the luxury estates run for the play of those in vampiric society—estates designed for any and all to enter for indulgent games, blood, and sex. The only requirement is that those that use the estates are vampires.

Rogue, going by the only name he knows, doesn’t want to enter this world. It’s harsh and violent, a fantasy of the fierce monsters that vampires actually are. He instead uses his vampiric powers to hunt the deer used for blood sport in the gardens of the estates. He’s gone from place to place doing this; his fringe status as a rogue vampire has made him a name amongst the elite vampires in charge of these Midnight Playgrounds. He’s never been caught. Until now.

Madrid, Spain. Ramsey, member of the Vampire Council, head of Madrid’s Midnight Playground, has been presented with Rogue. One look at the cocky vampire in front of him and Ramsey knows what he needs. Rogue is blatantly sexual as he hits on his imprisoners left and right, but Ramsey sees a bit of the real person underneath the façade. That real person is gut-wrenching in his attractiveness. In an instant, Ramsey is hard and wants to take Rogue for himself.

As Rogue becomes Ramsey’s prisoner and sexual plaything, the vampires strike a heady romance that grows from the smoke of lust and erotic sex play. Rogue wants to be dominated by the ethereal “civilized” vampire; Ramsey wants to reveal himself to the snarky prisoner-rebel. Sex is barely the beginning as a rogue and a council member, in hiding themselves, find each other.

Bradley introduces a world that is intensely sexual. It’s erotic and totally pleasing from a perspective that enjoys occasional rough sex within erotic romance, but definitely pushes the envelope because of the intensity of the world created using Bradley’s vampire mythology.

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With a roar Ramsey threw him to the hard marble floor and in moments Rogue’s clothes were in shreds. Mon Dieu, but his body was beautiful to behold – all long limbs and gorgeously polished pale skin, his cock a shaft of pure, hard ivory. He reached out to touch the tip, to stroke with his pale fingertips, and felt Rogue’s silent shudder. He pressed his fingers to one dark pink nipple, plump and luscious against the fair, fair skin. He pinched, hard. Rogue moaned, began to struggle, but Ramsey held him down with one hand flat against the center of his smooth chest.

“You like the pain, do you, Rogue?”

“I do,” he answered, a little fire in his tone. A small challenge.

“Then you should like this.”

He tore the front of his slacks to get to his own stiff cock, shoved Rogue’s thighs apart and plunged into his ass.

The lack of true consent as it plays out in early scenes fits with the bleakness and the ferocity of the vampiric world at large. Bradley’s erotic romance uses this fantasy in the context of the world to make it feel a little more fantastic, and the contrast works well in keeping the reader grounded in the scene as that of erotic fantasy versus erotic reality.

Bradley’s usage of sex also pushes the romance forward at a fast pace (it is a novella, after all.) Ramsey and Rogue are stubborn characters that either refuse to show themselves or, in the case of Rogue’s amnesia, literally cannot show themselves. The intertwining of sex and blood drinking into a method of memory regression causes readers to see how the two could develop their physical attractions into an intense, early-onset romantic relationship.

“I want to find out. But this is not something I can do if you fight me, Rogue. Your past is buried too deeply. You have to allow me in or I will see nothing more than small flashes I have seen already, none of which make sense other than the trauma of being Turned. I believe there is a key tangled up in there somewhere. In your blood. In your mind.”

“I am used to being closed off.”

“So am I.”

They stared at each other. The tight knot in Rogue’s chest – the one he realized he had always lived with – unfurled the slightest bit. He nodded.

“Drink from me, then. I will open myself. For you. See what you will.”

Because of its novella length, Rogue requires that a lot gets packed into the portrayed sex scenes, but the heat level that Bradley works with makes them well worth the read. Everything is amplified in a haze that plays with melodrama, discovery, and a solid amount of well-written sex. Rogue is a worthy addition to the sphere of erotic M/M paranormal romance, especially if you like tragic heroes who speak through tragically hot sex.
 

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John is a student, reviewer, and editor with a taste for social justice.  He's queer/LGBTQ and has always loved a good romance novel.  A current student at Ithaca College, he is majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications and trying to pick up a creative writing minor on the side. If you observe him in the wild, you may see him reading—or find him watching reruns of The Golden Girls while sipping his first/second/third cup of coffee for the day.  You can find his reviews on his blog, Dreaming in Books, and listen to his random musings on Twitter @DreamingReviews.

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