Fever by A. J. Llewellyn and D. J. Manly

Fever by A. J. Llewellyn and D. J. Manly
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (146 pgs)
Other: M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

When Jepoi meets the man of his dreams, he has no way of knowing that Malakai is a fallen Hawaiian god condemned to eternity…as a vampire.

The pantheon of gods were displeased when Kane, one of their major gods, fell out with his lover Kanaloa, one of the ruling forces over the Hawaiian Islands. Condemned to an eternal earth-bound life as a shape-shifting vampire, Malakai has one chance to break the curse. He must never fall in love and he must never intervene in human problems.

All that goes astray when he meets Jepoi, a young male nurse working on the Big Island of Hawaii. Malakai falls for Jepoi and can’t resist him, but then all hell literally breaks loose when Malakai saves Jepoi from ancient and deadly disease that returns to the fatal shores of Hawaii.

As far as Jepoi can tell, Malakai is like any other good-looking dream come true. Unfortunately, he’s so much more – an ancient Hawaiian god turned vampire – and the last thing Jepoi ever expected to cross his path. So, what is a young man to do when the love of his life has sworn to never fall in love nor intervene in human problems ever again? In a word: everything you can to make him change his mind.

Jepoi felt like an old friend from the very beginning. Working as a paramedic for an air ambulance, Jepoi is good at his job and enjoys it tremendously. His caring and dedicated nature were appealing and you can easily see why someone who has been banished as long as Malakai has been would be so drawn to him. In addition, his relationship with his roommate, Evelin, was endearing and charming, as well. I liked her a lot as well.

Malakai, also known as Kane, wasn’t as easy for me to warm up to. He’s one of those characters that, while you can tell you’re going to eventually like him, you have to ‘meet’ him a few times before it starts to all come together for you. Or, at least, that’s how it worked for me. By the end of the story, I was quite enamored of him. Malakai’s partner in crime, Felix, on the other hand, I was in love with his quirky self from the first moment I met him.

For me, the only downside to this lovely novel was the point near the end when the gods get involved and things become a bit muddy. I had a hard time keeping what was happening straight. I found myself flipping back a few pages here and there, just to reorient myself.

Fever is an intense, sexy vampire novel that will run you ragged from page one until the end. Filled with surprises, twists, and turns, I found myself constantly being startled by what came next. If you’re looking for a very steamy love story with the added touch of the paranormal, then this is the one for you.

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