The Lost Books 1 & 2: Broken Vows & Blood Hustler by Evangeline Anderson

The Lost Books 1 & 2: Broken Vows & Blood Hustler by Evangeline Anderson
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (168 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Cactus

Enter the world of The Lost, a tribe of vampires who are sworn to coexist with humans while leaving them strictly alone. However, that isn’t always possible…

The Lost 1: Broken Vows: Daniel’s looking for answers about his sexuality. He’s sure just one night with an older, experienced man will finally answer the questions that have been tormenting him for years. But he doesn’t expect the older man to be a gorgeous vampire named Gabrielle. It’s love at first sight for Daniel but Gabrielle has made a vow not to interfere in human affairs.

The Lost 2: Blood Hustler: James became a vampire almost two hundred years ago and recently lost his only companion. Even though he’s lonely, the grief’s too fresh to be looking for another man to fill the hole in his heart. Then Tad, a young street hustler, offers to sell James the best sex he’s ever had. James knows he shouldn’t bind a human to him, especially one as young as Tad who hasn’t experienced life yet, but the boy’s hungry heart calls to his own.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains one re-edited, revised story previously released by another publisher, and one new, unreleased story. It also contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, violence.

In a world filled with soulless vampires, young men struggling with life and sexuality stumble into dangerous territory. Two stories set in the same world feature young men coming of age as they struggle with their sexuality and needs. Each faces challenges and dangers of the world they’ve discovered but with the help of older, more experienced vampires, these young men may find that their first love is an everlasting love. These two stories may just be the ultimate May to December romances.

The first story, Broken Vows, revolves around young Daniel and his first gay sexual encounter with the much older Gabrielle. Gabrielle saves Daniel from an evil vampire and in the process, shows him how wonderful love between two men can be. Gabrielle taps into the hidden desires Daniel has never admitted and when he forces Daniel to leave, the young man is heartbroken. Their emotional connection is instanteous and takes years before Gabrielle resurfaces in Daniel’s life. The May/December theme is strong with Gabrielle often hurting Daniel for his own good. The story is incredibly short and has been published before so there is nothing particularly new or interesting about the story, but it’s sweet.

The second story, Blood Hustler, is longer but has an almost identical theme. Young hustler Tad is from an abusive home and struggling to live as a hustler. When an evil vampire confronts Tad, centuries old James steps in and saves the young man. However James’ soft heart warms to Tad and can’t help but indulge in some sexual awakening of his own. Here the emotional connection is deeper between the men even as the melodramatic emotion and abuse is over the top. The sexual aspect of their relationship takes a backseat to the growing emotional connection and recovery from James’ longing and Tad’s past abuse. Of course James sends Tad away for his own good but their love wins in the end.

These two stories are decent with a sweet, emotional connection. The couples are almost identical with only a few differences and there is a marked lack of world building in both stories. Due to this, both stories are somewhat bland without offering anything new or interesting to the classic themes. However, romance fans and those who especially enjoy the young, innocent man with an experienced (much!) older gentleman may enjoy these offerings even if they are similar to other such stories. The sex scenes are muted so those looking for the scorching sex the author usually delivers be aware these are much more a sweet romance, for all the inherent blood and violence of vampires. This small collection is okay and of most interest to the author’s fans.

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