Erryn reviews Vampire with Benefits (Supernatural Selection Book 2) by E.J. Russell. The ebook was released November 26, 2018 and is 268 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Greg Boudreaux. It was released March 4, 2022, is 8hrs and 543min. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved the first book in the series – Single White Incubus.
A match between a vampire and shifter could be deadly – but this broken beaver doesn’t give a dam.
Silent film actor Casimir Moreau had imagined that life as a vampire would be freewheeling and glamorous. Instead, he’s plunged into a restrictive society whose rules he runs afoul of at every turn. To “rehabilitate” him, the vampire council orders him mated to an incubus with impeccable breeding who’ll mold Cas into the upstanding vampire he ought to be. Or else.
As an inactive beaver shifter, construction engineer Rusty Johnson has fought – and overcome – bias and disrespect his entire life. But when his longtime boyfriend leaves him for political reasons, Rusty is ready to call it a day. Next stop? Supernatural Selection and his guaranteed perfect mate, a bear shifter living far away from Rusty’s disapproving clan.
But then a spell snafu at Supernatural Selection robs both men of their intended husbands. Rusty can’t face returning to his clan, and Cas needs somebody on his arm to keep the council happy, so they agree to pretend to be married. Nobody needs to know their relationship is fake – especially since it’s starting to feel suspiciously like the real thing.
When Ted the bear shifter and Quentin the Incubus were matched by the Supernatural Selection department, Casimir the vampire and Rusty the beaver shifter are left at the altar. The solution? Well, marry of course. It’s just for a few weeks. They can help each other out. All they have to do is not fall in love. Because a shifter’s bodily fluids can kill a vampire. Or so they believe. And aren’t vampires aliens anyway?
Of course the men fall in love. Of course they help each other perceive themselves differently. Rusty, for the first time in a long time, isn’t lonely. Casimir, who has been around for a long time, sees he might have a future. Both are trying to prove themselves to their respective clans, neither expects to come to care so much for each other.
The dark moment in this story is really dark and I kept checking the time left wondering how I could possibly get a happily ever after. Well, Russell did her job and OMG, I was so relieved and pleased. Yay for happily ever after.
I adore Greg Boudreaux and he did a great job with this series. I hope the third book is coming to audio soon!
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
E.J. Russell–grace, mother of three, recovering actor–writes romance in a rainbow of flavors. Count on high snark, low angst and happy endings.
Eh, not so much.
She’s married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, C.H. also loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and B ) would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and Satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).
E.J. lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.