Everything Anise by Natalie-Nicole Bates

Everything Anise by Natalie-Nicole Bates
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (60 pages)
Other: F/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A Victorian-era vampire living in the modern world, Emigh Bennett’s favorite activity is watching people from the window of her little bookshop. When she spots a woman nearly killed on the street outside her shop, she rushes to her rescue, and she meets Anise.
The proprietress of a little home business called “Everything Anise”, Anise crafts one-of-a-kind perfumes all with a touch of her namesake spice, all with the power to intoxicate and delight the senses. She is smart, sexy, beautiful, and happens to be a little bit different.

Although Anise is everything Emigh could ever ask for and more, she can’t quite figure her out. Anise possesses the duality of an innocent angel and a vivacious vixen. Even if Emigh can ever peel away the multi layers of Anise to uncover the truth beneath, what will happen when she finally reveals the truth about herself?

They say that everyone has a soulmate out there somewhere. Does the definition of the term everyone include vampires, though?

There was a nice balance between all of the various elements of this story. It was definitely erotica more than anything else, but the science fiction themes were also stronger than I expected them to be. I was pleasantly surprised by how much detail the author went into about who and what Emigh was. Knowing so much about her background really helped to flesh out her character, so to speak. Writing it that way was a good call on Ms. Bates part.

I would have liked the see things move more slowly between Emigh and Anise. They warmed up to each other faster than I would have expected based on their personalities and histories. Everything I’d learned about them made me think they’d both be cautious about pursuing anything with someone they’d just met, especially since there was so much they didn’t know about one another yet.

With that being said, the chemistry between these characters was phenomenal. Sometimes sparks do fly between two people right away, and the way they flew in this tale were as believable as they were sexy. While I didn’t know if or how everything would work out, I definitely wanted Anise and Emigh to end up together. Seeing how they interacted when they were in same place made me want to see it happen more often.

Give Everything Anise a try if you’re in the mood for something erotic.

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