Author: Tina Folsom
Series: Scanguards Vampires #1
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms.
His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it's the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.
However, another attack on Delilah and a dead body later, and Samson has his hands full: not only with trying to hide the fact he's a vampire, but also with finding out what secrets Delilah harbors for somebody to want her harm.
I actually came across this book purely by chance. I was somewhere without my kindle or physical books (I know, the horror!) and only had my phone, so being me, I went to Amazon to look for freebies to pass the time (as if I don’t already have enough books on my Kindle app, but I just wanted something new). Then I saw this and just had to get it as soon as I saw the cover.
This turned out to be a very delightful and light-hearted read that had me laughing out loud at times at some of the ridiculous things that happened. First, there’re no new twists to Ms. Folsom’s vampires. In fact, they’re just the vampires from legends: drink blood, mind control, super speed, can’t be in the sun, and no reflection. Strangely, this is actually REFRESHING! I’m a little bit tired of all the new vampire lores. Hopefully I’m not the only one who rolls her eyes at that section of book where the vampire hero disabuses the naïve heroine of her old notions about his species. Let’s just go back to our regular old vamps, OK?
After a painful breakup, Samson has some major performance problems (he can’t get it up lol). That’s a pretty big deal for a vampire. After months of going to therapy and looking for solutions, Delilah shows up at his door, and all of the sudden his problem goes away. He has no problem getting it up when he’s with Delilah. So with all intents and purposes, he goes after Delilah to solve his problem, never imagining that he’d want more than a one night stand with the mortal.
I loved reading about Samson and Delilah together (but the names, seriously?). They’re a fun and adorable couple. It just makes me happy to see them together when they’re being playful, even in bed. Ms. Folsom also writes some very hot and steamy smexy scenes. No wonder Samson’s worried about his problem. It’s a loss to the female population! Anyway, that’s not to say Samson and Delilah don’t have their own problems. Samson, after his breakup, has some trust issues, wondering if Delilah is only with him for his money. Delilah, on the other hand, has some childhood issues that she needed to resolve.
With that said, reading about Delilah gave me whiplash at times. At first, she seems kind of shy and keeps to herself. Then when she’s with Samson, she suddenly turns into a seductress like she’s an experienced pro or something. But the worst case of her personality change came when she started having a catfight with another female. She’s suddenly throwing out all sorts of curse words and insults that’s so unlike her. Sometimes the sudden personality change in dialogue definitely jarred me out of the story.
One last complaint is more of a personal rant. When Delilah learns that Samson’s a vampire, she goes through the obligatory disbelief period. I hate when that happens in PNR. Where’s the heroine that’s ecstatic to learn that vampires exist? Seriously, has she not read any paranormal romance? If my lover suddenly tells me he’s a vampire, I’d jump his bones instantly! I definitely will not run away from him just because he’s a vampire, or do any of the silly things these heroines tend to do. (Uh hopefully this doesn’t get me killed though).
Anyway, all complaints aside, I had a lot of fun reading this one. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Any lover of paranormal romance with vampires and steamy sex scenes should give this one a try. The best part? It’s free on Kindle!
1. Samson's Lovely Mortal
2. Amaury's Hellion
3. Gabriel's Mate
4. Yvette's Heaven
5. Zane's Redemption