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Deceptions by Jourdan Lane

Deceptions (2007)

by Jourdan Lane

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Same warnings apply to this book as I said for the first one.

This book has much more gratuitous sex and apparently Peter has an inability to keep it in his pants. Fine, but it lessens his "bond" with Lucien if he F@&&$s everyone else who is nice to him.

But, despite all of this I enjoyed the book, reading it straight through until 3:30am and skimming very little. I am compelled to find out what's up with Peter and I will probably try the third to find out.

Now the score. I think I am giving it a three because the plot seemed slower in this one than the first. But, seeing how this is a series I might alter the score up as I finish the series. ( )
  Bea_writer | Sep 21, 2013 |
It was long due from my side to read the second book in the Soul Mates series. Bound by Blood was probably among the first gay paranormal romances I read, and it for sure let me a strong impression, above all since it was also the first time my concept of “romance” was tested. Soul Mates are Peter and Lucien, and for me, old fashioned mind, that meant they should be all for each other and excluding any other “combination”; but that is not how it works in Lucien’s coven, a place where other vampires, but also shapeshifters, incubuses, and many other paranormal creatures find shelter and hospitality; and the hospitality more than once leads to sharing a bed. Peter and Lucien are the paired masters of the coven, but they freely, and happily, share their bed with other guests; the strong point of this agreement is that, not matter what happens, they are the real couple and other addition to them is welcomed but probably not permanent, if not maybe for Xavier, a constant for now from book 1 to book 2. New addition of book 2 that I suppose we will see again in the future, are Nikolas, an alpha shapeshifter, and Sabaan, an incubus.

Sex for Peter was never a problem, neither in book 1; if I remember well, his main issue was for Lucien to be a vampire, not for them to share their bed with other companions. So sex is still not a problem, but I liked that the author chose to start and end the story with a sex scene that was exclusively between Peter and Lucien, as to highlight that yes, they are the real and steady pair of all the series. Truth be told, Peter can come out like “slutty”, since he basically shares his bed with whoever he likes, but that was him also in the first book, and I think this is his nature; and in the end, I think that Lucien liked him exactly for this reason, for his “freedom” towards sex, Peter likes sex and sex is a healthy and good way to express his joie de vivre.

The main issue between Peter and Lucien is instead that, even if Peter is sharing the bed with most of the members of the coven, he is not really one of them; Lucien is refusing to turn Peter, and in doing so he is alienating him from the coven. The coven can accept Peter as Lucien’s bedmate, but they are not willing to accept a human as their master. I liked that the author didn’t choose the easy, and fast, way to resolve this contrast, but she preferred to give to Peter the chance to prove himself to be worthy of being a leader, even without being turned to be so.

  elisa.rolle | May 7, 2011 |
This one, like this first, was a fast paced and action packed book. I am still just loving these guys. Peter, Lucien, Xander, Nicholas and now Sabaan all. All of these characters are very well developed and the relationships constantly changing and very intense. As before, the sex scenes are really hot. I really liked this sequel and highly recommend the entire series. ( )
  AmaraDevonte | Mar 7, 2010 |
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From Torquere Press:Angels and demons, vampires and werewolves... And Peter, bound to Lucien the master vampire, walks amongst them, no longer all human but without a place of his own. Desperate to be turned and baffled by Lucien's continuing refusal, Peter is starting to feel that he's losing his vampire lover. Their relationship has become purely physical, with Lucien pushing Peter away at every turn. And after a night watching werewolf Xander hunt, a night that sees Peter attacked, that might not be all he's losing. Fearing for his very life, and working hard to keep Lucien's increasingly uncertain temper from hurting his friends, Peter's doing all he can to prove that he belongs at Lucien's side, not just as a master, but as an equal. Then Lucien disappears, and Peter knows he has to call on every ally, every power he has, to get Lucien back before he's gone forever. Can Peter find a way to beat the forces working against them, or will he lose all that he holds dear?
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