Dakota by Vicktor Alexander ~ Review by Teresa

Vicktor Alexander is one of this month’s Authors of the Month over on www.GoodReads.com M/M Romance Group.

DakotaTitle: Dakota, Sevion Brothers Book 1

Author: Vicktor Alexander

Publisher: MLR Press

My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

When Dr. Dakota Sevion is drawn to his mate Nishon Moore at the hospital where he works, he is overjoyed, even though Nishon has a son, Isaiah, who is a forziq, which is an instant death sentence and someone from the past is determined to kill them all.

Dakota Sevion loves being the Chief of Surgery at Gelreen Memorial Hospital, because he has unlimited access to blood which is good for him as an unmated vampire. When he’s called to the ER for an emergency his life changes forever.

Nishon “Nimo” Moore is a single father of three year old Isaiah, a very special little boy, and when Nimo rushes to the hospital because Isaiah has been hurt he ends up meeting Dakota and finding out that vampires are real. He doesn’t handle it well, which isn’t good for Dakota who will die from starvation if their mating isn’t consummated soon. But that isn’t the only problem. Someone from the past is set on killing them all.

My View

My first thoughts when I finished Dakota was “how could you end it that way!!! Poor Michigan!” However, I should talk about Dakota and Nimo and this new world first! I just want to say though, the cover does not come close to how I picture either of our MC’s.

So, a new take on vampires and other paranormal creatures involves new rules and lore surrounding them. In this incarnation, soul mates–called sufletul pereche–once met, have just two weeks to bond before the vampire(s) starve and go insane. Humans can be mates, but don’t have knowledge of vampires existence. There are, however, some humans (called forziqs) who can see who is vampire or werewolf and can tell who their mates will be. These people are feared and traditionally killed when found out. Dakota meets Nimo and finds out Nimo’s son is a forziq.

Although there is definite chemistry and attraction between Dakota and Nimo, there isn’t insta-love. In fact, Nimo rejects Dakota to begin with, causing quite a mess. I appreciated that Dakota worked to get Nimo’s love, though bonding and sex came before the feelings. As far as Isaiah is concerned, I found his dialog was a little beyond that of a three year old but found his speech cute and it helped keep in mind he was a child; without it he would have sounded too grown up. I liked how the whole Sevion family stuck together through all the conflict with the villain. There was a good commentary on loyalty, blood and family.

The story was fast paced with a decent plot, though there were a few things that threw me out of the story. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t mention them here, but they weren’t anything I couldn’t see past.

Over all, there are an abundance of characters that will keep the series in books for awhile as all of Dakota’s 9 brothers are gay as well. Bottom line, if you like big, smart, wealthy vampires, children and a good old villain to fight against, you should enjoy this series–just don’t read the epilogue of book 1 until you have book 2 in your hands!!

Buy Links:

MLR Press
Amazon
All Romance eBook

I would like to thank MLR Press  for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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