Hel became an energy vampire at seventeen and reduced her first lover to ashes. Forty years later, she still looks seventeen. Hel's life is teaching hyperactive boys, roller derby, and worrying about paying her mother's hospital bills.
Nick Jones, federal anti-magic cop, has a secret, too. Magic turns him on, to his shame. This makes it hard for Nick when he's assigned to recruit Hel's help with a case.
Nick feels guilty for his attraction to a teenager. Hel adores Nick's yummy energy. If he learns she's a vampire, he'll send her to Hinky Guantanamo.
But can they keep their hands off each other?
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A bit of a surprise in the Hinky series. This one was actually a story on Helan Vittle, who turns out to be pretty hinky herself. Our regulars (Jewel, Randy, and Clay) are off on vacation, while this tale takes place. Loved it! You'll, of course, see some of the Derby girls. But there are also new characters. Sex is not as steamy as the previous books, but I didn't expect it to be the same as this is a completely different character. Still interesting, still funny, and still has me hooked. A definite "need to read". I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book. This is my honest review.
Not “Category” Fantasy Or Romance I really enjoyed this book by Stevenson, but I’ll be firm here – the cover, designed to match the Brass Bed books? Not right. This is not a romance, and not a comedy, although there is love and a lot of humor in the book. But there’s also dark power, pain and despair, scary and strong magic, and a deeply sensual look at the mind of someone with morals who has survived as an energy vampire for decades – and now she’s hanging on by her psychic fingernails. Hel Nagzy disintegrated her first boyfriend at 17, and decades later, she can’t even risk petting her cat. Teaching ADHD and autistic kids and competing in roller derby keep her (mostly) fed and sane. But Hel wants more – she wants a real life, she wants a way out of her aging, alcoholic mother’s massive medical bills, and she wants to love and be loved. She’s surviving in a strange, alternate world where the cops of Chicago are pretending that things are normal while entire parts of major world cities are disappearing into magical no-man’s-lands. Then the Feds find out she’s been reading New Age web sites, looking for people researching the current weird upshift in magic. Nick, an anti-magic cop, shows up. They need her help flushing out a magical threat, though they don’t seem to know what she is. The cop has his own problems, plus the presence of magic arouses him, and he thinks Hel must be underage, which is making him feel lousy about his attraction to her. What is going on is not quite what you’re probably expecting, the hints of how magic is working are intriguing, and yes, the ending is hopeful. So – A Taste of You is enjoyable, well done, magical, truly romantic in numerous ways, and worth reading! But if you’re looking for category anything, it’s probably not your cup of tea. Recommended!
A Taste Of You is an adventure-filled book set in the same universe as Jennifer Stevenson¿s Brass Bed series but featuring different characters. A roller derby skating, magically created energy vampire and a magic-fearing federal agent are thrown together as they come upon a power-mad, crazy man who seeks to be made immortal and all powerful. I greatly enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns, and I think this is a great read.