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3.75 stars--BANE’S CHOICE is the first instalment in Alyssa Day’s contemporary, adult VAMPIRE MOTORCYCLE CLUB paranormal, romance series. This is three hundred year old vampire, and VMC president Bane, and physician Dr. Ryan St. Cloud’s story line. Told from several third person perspectives Bane and Ryan BANE’S CHOICE follows the building romance between three hundred year old vampire, and VMC president Bane, and physician Dr. Ryan St. Cloud. Bane’s friend Hunter Evans was burned so badly he would never survive but a quick trip to the hospital to bring home his friend, is anything but when Bane comes face to face with Dr. Ryan St. Cloud, and finds himself in a stand off with a feisty woman who may or may not be completely human. Unable to control her mind, Bane quickly realizes that there is much more to Ryan than he could have imagined. Hoping to see Dr. St. Cloud again, Bane sets out to locate the woman that stirs something deep within our story line hero but all is not well in Bane’s territory when warlocks, necromancers, and a group who all themselves the Chamber enter into a battle to take over Bane’s territory. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Bane and Ryan, and the potential fall-out as the fight for Bane’s territory pulls Ryan in as collateral damage. Ryan St. Cloud is a physician but has no idea that she is something more. Quickly accepting the existence of vampires and werewolves, Ryan’s jump into the supernatural quickly turns onto herself when she defends the man and the family with whom she is falling in love. Bane is the President of the Vampire Motorcycle Club, a biker club hiding in plain sight although a number of their members are only human. Never having fallen in love, Bane is caught off-guard when he meets Dr. Ryan St. Cloud, a woman who is more than she appears to be. Believing Ryan is his fated mate, Bane goes all alpha and over protective but it is Ryan’s power that will that will draw trouble to their front door. The relationship between Ryan and Bane is one of immediate attraction but Ryan struggled with Bane’s ‘kidnapping’ of her severely injured patient. Unable to explain their palpable sexual attraction, Ryan moves into Bane’s mansion in an effort to stay close to the injured man. As Ryan and Bane’s attraction builds, threats from an outside source release Ryan’s power, and with it the realization about who and what our heroine might be. The Sex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Bane’s family: vampires Meara, Edge and Luke as well as their human housekeepers Mr. and Mrs. C. There is a large assortment of werewolves including alpha Carter Reynolds of the Wolf Pack MC. The requisite evil has many faces including warlocks, necromancer and members of the group known as The Chamber. BANE’S CHOICE is a story of betrayal and revenge; secrets, magic, power and control. The premise is engaging but struggles between sluggish and energetic; the romance is intimate; the characters are energetic and dynamic-Ryan’s need to call it she sees is often fun and snarky. I would like to add that the ‘motorcycle club’ aspect of the story line is limited, and definitely not akin to the usual MC story lines. The motorcycle club plot point is negligible, and more of a background element than anything else.
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This is my first book from this author but it won't be my last! The blurb really appealed to me and I enjoy paranormal and MC romances, so it seemed like a sure thing. Now I'm going to be very candid here and tell you that the first chapter of this book made me doubt my decision. It felt "heavy" to me and it read kind of hard...but I persevered and I am so glad that I did, because in the end I thought that this book was really awesome! Different than I expected, but awesome. Romance, sweetness, heat, humor and quirkiness is combined with drama, action, suspense, danger and twists to create a very fun and exciting read that held my attention well, gave me some delightful feels. I will say that if you don't like a bit of cuteness to your reads or if you are not a fan of a bit of over-the-top, this book might not be for you. I myself, thought that Bane and Ryan made an adorable couple. There was a raw vulnerability to each of these characters that really drew me to them. I just loved them like crazy!! An intriguing cast of secondary characters creates a lot of options for future entries in the series and it also looks like there will be a bit of an overarching story that continues throughout. I can't wait to dive into book two just as soon as I can. This is my unbiased, unsolicited review.
This is the first book in a new series. Vampires are the focus of this new MC story but the MC part is in the background. Bane is a three hundred year old vampire who hasn’t met his match until now. He gave her his best lustful villain smile. “Well, fair maiden. You’re asking a lot of questions. You know what the cost is for each one.” Dr Ryan St Cloud is feisty, sassy and not afraid of anything even Vampires. “This isn’t good,” Luke snapped, glaring at Ryan. “Thank you, Captain Understatement,” Ryan snapped right back at him. “Maybe you could just pee on my shoe next time,” she said sweetly, moving out from beneath his arm. “I’m sure that would mark your territory.” Evil Warlocks, werewolves, vampires and more inhabit and want to run Savannah. A supernatural war is brewing. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that 70 % of the book the characters were angry at everyone. Not sure that was called for.