Friday, September 6, 2013

Review: How To Discipline Your Vampire by Mina Vaughn

Title: How To Discipline Your vampire
Author: Mina Vaughn
Genre: Erotica/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Pocket Star
Number of Pages: 280
Source: Netgalley

In this exciting paranormal erotic romance, a dominant schoolteacher with a serious role-play fetish finds the perfect submissive in an infamous vampire lover. Cerise Norrell, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the time she’s home from school. Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to vanilla relationships, or be alone forever—she meets William, who wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with canned goods. But there’s something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise’s over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn’t redden when he’s spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise discovers she’s become dome to the infamous “Chilly Willy,” as he’s known throughout the BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there’s a whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a hard body. And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and learn to be vulnerable

I had such high hopes for this book because it sounded really original. I love Erotica Romance, and I love vampires, so I thought it would be a win-win. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with either Cerise or William at all, and after making it to the 21% mark, I had no desire to find out how they would end up together. I liked that Cerise knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to get it, however the book was told in first person, and I just couldn't get past my dislike of Cerise to get into the story. I think maybe a part of my problem was that there was a lot of humor in the book, which I normally like, but for whatever reason it just didn't work for me with this one. 

I read that this was Twilight fan fiction, and honestly that doesn't bother me at all, and to be honest, I'm not sure if it was really the book I had a problem with or if it was just because I read it during a time where it seemed like every book I touched bored me to tears, and this was a casualty of that.  Whatever the reason was though, this book wasn't for me. If you are looking for something a bit different though, then I recommend this one. It's not your average pnr erotica, and I'm still disappointed it didn't work for me.