I had the pleasure of reviewing Gabriel's Mate during Tina Folsom's Tour. I truly enjoyed this read and I think you will too.
Caution: graphic and explicit sex scenes - not for the faint of heart.
Gabriel has never guarded a body as perfect as Maya's. Moreover, Maya's enticing blend of vulnerability and strength is difficult to resist. Yet resist he must. Even as the sexual tension between them rises and the rogue vampire closes in on them, Gabriel refuses to give into his desire. Despite the intimacies they share, Gabriel fears that if he ever reveals himself fully to her, Maya will react like other women have, running from him, and calling him a monster, a freak, a creature not worth her love.
Will Maya prove to be the one female who cherishes all that Gabriel is?
Gabriel's Mate is Book 3 in the Scanguards Series and was even better than Venice Vampyr. The more books I read by Tina Folsom, the more I want.
All Gabriel ever wanted was to be accepted and loved by a woman. When his wife screamed in horror the night of their wedding, deeming Gabriel as a monster, she did more to him than leave a scar on his face after slicing him with a knife.
Now, centuries later, Gabriel is second in command with the Scanguards - security for hire. When his boss, Samson, calls upon him to secure a newly turned vampire so he can take his human wife to safety, Gabriel gets more than he bargained for.
Maya is the most beautiful woman he's ever laid eyes on. Gabriel finds an unexplainable, instant attraction to her. When they realize somethings going wrong with the turning process, the pain of his own turning surfaces in a vivid memory and Gabriel feels the need to protect Maya, no matter what it might cost him.
In search of the rogue vampire that did this to Maya, we see both character grow in self, and in each other. I absolutely loved Gabriel - so gentle and full of compassion despite his position and power in the house. He has so much to offer to the one that would only allow it.
Maya's spunk was the perfect mix in this relationship. I loved how she had to learn to trust and yet maintain her own independence.
Zane is the one that I hope we see broken down a bit, not literally but emotionally. I really just want to know his story, which I think could be a book in itself.
Yvette was kick-ass! She's one you would want as a friend and have fighting on your side.
Then there's Thomas - who wouldn't love Thomas? Everyone loves Thomas and he's a great mentor to teach new vampires the ropes.
I know I don't usually divulge on individual characters, but I just loved all of them. Though this was the third book in the series, this book could very well stand alone. I don't make it a habit to read out of order, but I don't feel I missed too much by reading ahead.
I love Folsom's writing and it always has the perfect mix of sex and suspense. So be forewarned *grinning*.
I give Gabriel's Mate ***** (5) Stars. Fantastic read!
At The Round Table Part II
BK: Fantasy or Horror?
BK: Day or Night?
BK: Favorite Drink?
Tina: Pimms #1 with Ginger Ale
BK: What is a must have to write?
Tina: A computer
BK: If you could possess a supernatural power, what would it be and why?
BK: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to know about you?
Tina: I hated literature in school - there’s no fun in reading Herman Hesse when you’re fifteen.
BK: What is the craziest thing you've ever done?
Tina: Jumped out of an airplane.
BK: What do you hope readers will most take away from your writing?
Tina: A day or evening of being taken away from all worries and being immersed into another world.
BK: If someone could describe you in one word, what would it be?
Tina: Ambitious. Efficient. No, ambitious. Frankly, both.
Thank you so much for being at the Round Table today. It's been such a pleasure chatting with you and I wish you much success in the future.
Until next time....
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