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Thanks to the efforts of Raymond Payet and l'ANS, vampires now have the same legal rights as mortals, and research at l'Institut Marcel Chavinier is focusing on the mysterious partnership bonds between wizards and vampires. But the battle for public opinion rages on. When Detective Adèle Rougier encounters Pascale Auboussu, a shy young woman turned into a vampire against her will, Raymond and Denis...
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Thanks to the efforts of Raymond Payet and l'ANS, vampires now have the same legal rights as mortals, and research at l'Institut Marcel Chavinier is focusing on the mysterious partnership bonds between wizards and vampires. But the battle for public opinion rages on. When Detective Adèle Rougier encounters Pascale Auboussu, a shy young woman turned into a vampire against her will, Raymond and Denis Langlois, chef de la Cour nearest the crime, fear a public relations nightmare.
The vampire responsible for Pascale's turning must be brought to justice, but Denis is distracted by an unlikely potential partner-Canadian researcher Martin Delacroix, who is spending a year's sabbatical at l'Institut-and Denis's lingering feelings for his deceased lover prompt him to reject the bond. There's no denying the attraction between them, though, and the allure of companionship is nearly as strong as Denis's grief.
Growing familiarity and yearning for a true mate may induce Adèle and Denis to soften their stances against new partnerships, but Adèle will have to accept a deeper intimacy with Pascale when she has never considered a relationship with a woman, and it will take a near-deadly attack to make Denis admit his most hidden desires. Now he has to hope Martin will be willing to stay.
Posted January 27, 2012
I enjoyed reading Reluctant Partnerships very much! This is classic Partnership in Blood stuff and I loved it! This book does move a little slower than the first five books in the series but it is no less enjoyable. I thought it was a very interesting twist that Ms. Tachna threw a female partner at Adèle, but it made sense given her last relationship with a vampire. The buildup to the culmination of what happened between these two women kept me on the edge of my seat wondering if it was ever going to happen. When the fireworks finally exploded though, it was well worth it. Martin and Denis coming together was just as much of an enjoyable read. I liked the sort of slow buildup as these two men got to know each other. Denis’ reaction to Martin and the possibility of a vampire/wizard partnership was very realistic given his background. When Ms. Tachna threw in the suspense of a rogue vampire turning people against their will, well she had me at the first page! I would suggest that anyone reading this book, read the first five books before it first so you know what the world is like in these books and what happened before. While you can read it by itself, there will be things you’ll miss without having read the other books. As with all the books in The Partnership in Blood series, I highly recommend this one, it is not to be missed! Regina Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & MoreWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 18, 2011
After her disastrous first partnership, Adele wanted nothing to do with another one. However, returning home after Sunday dinner at l¿Institut, she finds a woman preparing to jump off a bridge (Pascale), and leans that Pascale has been forcibly turned by a rogue vampire. While trying to learn more about the new rogue, another person ¿ a homeless man who is mentally ill ¿ is turned as well. Can they find out who is turning people against their wills? Will Adele be able to let go of her memories of Jude and allow herself to embrace a new partnership?
The 2nd in the set of spin-off books based on the Partnership in Blood series, ¿Reluctant Partnerships¿ is more mystery/thriller than romance, but the romance elements are definitely still there. I quite enjoyed being able to experience these characters in a slightly different light as they tried to discover which vampire was responsible for the attacks and forced turnings. If you enjoy a bit of mystery and excitement with your romance, this is definitely a book you will enjoy a lot. According to Tachna, she plans at least two more books in this spin-off set, the next of which she hopes to have published by 2012. Watch for it!