Courting Calvin by Amber Kell

Courting Calvin by Amber Kell
Publisher: Literary Road Press
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (41 pages)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by: Cactus

Calvin was attracted to the vampire Alesandro. But could he get involved with the gorgeous creature of the night when he knew he would be sacrificing Anthony to get his sister back? Book Three in the Moon Pack series. m/m sexual situations.

When a fragile human carpenter (of all things) claims centuries old vampire Alesandro’s desire and heart, will Calvin’s secret agenda tear them apart? In this return to the Moon wolf pack, Calvin must balance his familial obligations against his rising desire for the vampire and his respect for Anthony. In the third book of the series, be sure to have read the previous books or you’re likely to be lost.

After such a strong start for the series, it seems the author has put less time, effort, and creativity into the successive stories. In this story, there are numerous editing errors as well as clichéd and dramatic prose not fitting with the theme and tone of the characters. Although the common thread throughout the stories are the pack members and the instant knowledge of their mates, the author keeps adding layer upon layer of falsely dramatic tension and ends up with an over the top and almost ridiculous resolution. In this particular book there is less and less focus on the relationship of Calvin and Alesandro than there was on the fabulous Anthony and his yet even more god-like abilities.

It’s clear the author adores Anthony but he is becoming a large and central figure in the series instead of a supporting character to the various couples who should be highlighted. Additionally Silver’s capitulation in agreeing with Tony’s plan was ridiculous and uncharacteristic. One moment he’s arguing, the next he says “ok, don’t get hurt”. It was a weak and contradictory resolution to the argument to move the story along. The characters are not only spoken of in exaggerated terms as the most beautiful but now the various paranormals can heal instantly, teleport instantly, and are perfect without flaws.

Kell has such potential as a writer and her point of view is clear and distinct so I continue to hope that in future editions of this series more time and effort are paid to the stories and the editing. There is potential for a solid, tightly written and fully developed story that has hereto been absent. That being said, if those who have enjoyed the series up until now can overlook the problems, this does feature Tony prominently and with a smattering of hot sex. Alesandro is attention catching and the idea that such an old and experienced vampire must now woo a human is entertaining. I’m not quite ready to give up on the series, but I truly hope they pick up to the level of writing and detail the original offered.

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