Arcada Series by Belinda McBride

February 25, 2013 Review 0 ★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Blacque/Bleu Published by Loose ID on August 31, 2011
Genres: Erotica, LGBTQ
Pages: 258
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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"A closeted werewolf and a dying vampire give in to desire and make an unusual and powerful connection."Lukas Blacque is a deeply closeted werewolf, and almost more than anything in life, he desires his neighbor, Oliver Bleu. Oliver is a vampire who is slowly dying from insomnia. More than anything, he needs Lukas Blacque and the rich blood that flows through his veins.On the day that Blacque makes an important commitment to his family and pack, he also succumbs to temptation and agrees to a passionate weekend with the alluring vampire. At sunset on Friday, it's all about urgent lust and the drive to lose his virginity. When the sun rises on Monday, lust has shifted to love and devotion. He's not sure he can walk away, even for the commitment he's made. He's even less sure Bleu will let him go.In Blacque's world, vampires and werewolves make uneasy bedfellows, and a gay werewolf is an impossibility. In Bleu's world, all living creatures are little more than vessels for food and sex. But in the mysterious and magical town of Arcada, the unexpected is always waiting right around the corner. Now Blacque and Bleu just need to survive long enough for Arcada's magic to work for them."Publisher's Note: " Blacque/Bleu "is related to" Chrysalis "and" Mad at the Moon," which are available at Changeling Press. This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Bondage, domination, male/male sexual practices, violence."

Instead of reviewing just one of the books in this series, I’m reviewing them both. After all, I read them back-to-back so reviewing them individually just wouldn’t make much sense to me. I received a copy of both of these books through NetGalley for review purposes, however that does not impact my review in any way.

The Arcada series takes place in a small town named Arcada, and the town itself is a safe haven for supernatural creatures with some rules, including that there is to be no fighting. After all, you can’t be a safe haven when people can fight within the town limits. And the town has a mind of its own and a tangible presence that is hinted at in Blacque/Bleu and becomes even more obvious in Silver/Steel.

9491707Blaque/Bleu was the first book in the series and is the story of closeted werewolf Lukas Blacque and the vampire who lives next door to him, Oliver Bleu. My biggest problem with this book was the names. More often than not they were called by their last names and, especially in the beginning, that got confusing. And when there is a sex scene where both men have names that are so similar it gets even more confusing. By the end of the book, however, it was easier to keep the names straight at least!

The pacing in Blaque/Bleu was a little weak, and there was a scene where Bleu took Blaque to see Arcada the way he does, including snippets of supernatural life, that seemed like it didn’t belong. While I love the town, I don’t think we needed to see these bits of relationships because it really isn’t advancing the story at all. On the other hand, the action scenes were tightly written and the sex was definitely hot. This was a good book, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.





Silver/Steel was a stronger novel, and the pacing was a lot better. In this book we meet Dylan Ryve, a fae dreamwalker, and we see Travis Feris, a minor character from the previous book. There are fewer nonessential scenes in this one, so we get a better story. I had a hard time with how Arcada becomes an actual character in this book, though. Previously Arcada has a minor presence and has been able to show who she wants and who she doesn’t. In this book, however, Arcada is given a persona and she has a discussion with Ryve which made it strange.

The action scenes were just as tightly written as in the last novel, and the sex scenes were just as hot. What I really liked about these two stories is that there is a strong plot and the story itself isn’t just a vehicle for the sex. To me the story is just as important, if not more, than the sex so this was a huge relief for me. Over all, both books were good, well written, and worth reading.



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