Madden is one of the strongest of the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men originating from the Italian Wars in the 1500s. Today, the Valendite Breed serve as the Terrorist Elimination Unit, an invisible arm of the CIA. Their only weakness is their need for a mate to carry on the Breed. So now that Madden has found Layla, he will never let her go.
With forces mounting up against the Breed, Madden and Layla will need to rely on both of their powers to get them to their Pronouncement.
Quite a quick read, but ideal for those who enjoy just dipping into a short story. This is the first book in the Seven Sin Sisters series and sets the scene for more books to follow.
Lustful Cravings tells the story of Layla and her fated mate Madden. Layla is sweet, innocent and carries the sin of lust. She's always hoped for love but meeting Madden throws her childish dreams out the window. Madden is a rare type of vampire and having found Layla he has no intention of losing her. Claiming her as his own, Madden is driven to protect her, but he carries a secret. It's a secret that could well see Layla in danger as Madden is an agent with the CIA. Terrorists would like nothing more than to eliminate Madden and anyone he cares for!
There is a lot of background to this series. I feel it could very well turn out to be such an exciting one but, for me, this opening book lacked something. I found the idea an interesting one, but for some reason it just didn't quite feel fresh enough. I would have liked to see the plot fleshed out a lot more but instead the action towards the end seemed just a little rushed.
A great deal of this book is centered around the relationship forming between the hero and heroine. I have to point out, there is a third person who becomes involved with them. If ménage is not your thing, then it's best that you are warned! Although, to be fair to the author, the relationships that evolved allowed the heroine, Layla, to blossom into a much more confident person. I greatly enjoyed her growth.
This was very erotic, with likable characters and a depth of emotion that developed as the story unfolded. As I've stated, the background to this book is quite detailed and my biggest criticism is, it's not fully explained until the story is virtually told. For me, the history of this vampire-like breed would have made more sense if we had learned it near the beginning. It's a great concept nevertheless .
So in conclusion, if you want to read a steamy story that flows easily and features passionate and yet surprisingly loving characters, then this might be for you. It's a good concept for a series, although I do feel that fated mates has been done to death. It will be interesting to see where Ms Beck takes this series as there are still six sisters left to write about. Not quite what I expected, if honest, but the potential for a great series is there.
Lustful Cravings, an e-book, is approximately 108 pages and priced at $3.99