Until the Night by Wendi Zwaduk

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Until the Night by Wendi Zwaduk
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (67 Pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, M/F/M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

Having a mate can be a pain. Having three…now that’s unheard of…

Gypsy volunteered to become a vampire, but she had no idea just what she’d agreed to do. As a human, she’d had her pick of willing males to warm her bed. As a creature of the night, she’s striking out.

Until she meets Kendall. He knows what she is and doesn’t care. He’s loved her since he met her, but he had no idea just how complicated her life truly was. Her protectors refuse to leave her side. But what if he wants them on his side, too?

Allan and Todd are mates, plain and simple. Gypsy is in their charge. Period. Until they start to see her not as a problem, but a sexy solution complete with an adorable human thrown in for fun.

Can they come together as a foursome or will they destroy everything they’ve built in the name of passion?

Until the Night is Wendi Zwaduk’s long awaited follow up to her first vampire story, My Immortal. This one features the sister of the first book’s heroine, and a trio of hot and sexy men.

Gypsy volunteered to become a vampire. After all, she was all about lots of hot fun and nightlife, and she couldn’t wait for the lust and hot sex with even hotter guys. But so far, she was alone, hungry and horny, and had no idea what being a vampire was all about. The two hotties she was lusting after, Todd and Allan, didn’t pick up on the flirting she was doing, and she couldn’t understand why every time she was near either of them, she heard the word ‘mate’ in her head. When she walks in on the two of them making love in the storeroom of the bar they all work at, she is more confused than ever. When her gorgeous human neighbor, Kendall comes by, catching her at her lowest point ever, he offers her his body and his blood. When she accepts his offer, once again the voice says he is her mate. But before these four can come to terms with the fact that all four are meant to be together, a menace from the past threatens to take their happiness before it can get started.

I like this world Ms. Zwaduk has built, filled with equal parts passion and danger, lust and bloodlust. Her characters are strong, well developed and likable, and I was drawn into this early on, wanting to see how these four resolved their issues, and how they handled the threat to their happiness that Tania poses.

Gypsy is a wonderful mix of sass and innocence, a new vampire who has no idea about what life should be like. I liked her determination to embrace her undead life, and sympathized with her loneliness and confusion. She needs someone, some vampire, to show her the ropes and let her know what is happening. She is confused, because she wants both Todd and Allan, and after catching them ‘in the act’, she is more turned on than she has ever been. When Kendall comes to her place, she want to be with him, but still wants Todd and Allan. I enjoyed the ‘will they all or won’t they’ aspect in this. I knew they would, but wanted to see if it would be more than a passing thing.

Todd and Allan have been mates for one hundred years, and love each other intensely. They are strong and loyal, and are surprised when both develop strong feelings for Gypsy, and hear the Goddess declare her their mate as well. I loved the way these two were so honest about their relationship, and I enjoyed their surprise as each admitted to wanting Gypsy in their bed and their lives. When Kendall enters the picture, once more getting the approval from the Goddess, these two are stunned, but willing to add him to their expanding family. The verbal and mental conversations are funny, charming and sassy in turn, and the strength of all four characters shines through.

When Ms. Zwaduk ventures into the bedrooms, the action heats up, and there are some delightful combinations of two, three and eventually all four get in on the action. There is danger in the person of Tania, who was Allan’s maker, and how these four deal with the threat shows their dedication to each other, and their desire to build a life, or rather, an undead life together. I think the exchange between Todd and Allan says it best, when Todd says ’Gypsy is our girl, and I can’t live without you.’ And Todd replies ‘I can’t be dead without you.’ I just love that exchange, and it shows the slightly warped sense of humor that Wendi Zwaduk sneaks into her books. This is the perfect novella to heat up an evening, when time is short and you need a hot and quick bit of vampire love.

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