Until "Fury Calls" I have enjoyed The Calling series by Caridad Pinero, but after this book I will not be buying them anymore. Why? My explanation and review follows - SPOILERS ahead.
The premise of the book is excellent. Bad-boy Blake Richards is overcome is blood lust and turns a young and innocent Meghan Thomas into a vampire like himnself. Four years later their relationship is hot and tempestous as an evil force enters their lives. Cool build-up and a great idea...very poor execution.
First, Blake and Meghan's relationship doesn't seem to be the front-burning story is should have been. Ms. Pinero falls into the trap of trying to explain what all her previous characters from the series are up to and so Meghan and Blake's love story is not front and center as it should have been. I did not feel when I read the book (on a long plane trip from LA to the East Coast) that the two lovers were given enough time to explore their feelings for one another. What could have been an emotional, complex and involved romance story was pushed aside for rape, violence and very bad sterotypes.
If you like rape fantasy stories, then this book is for you. However, I did not enjoy the rapes. Yes, rapes with an -s, as there were more than one. Now when I buy a ROMANCE novel, even in the paranormal genre like Silhouette Nocturne, I still expect a well-written love story between the two main characters, whether it be a m/f story or a m/m story. I got neither with "Fury Calls." The villain of the story, a very poorly written Chinese steroetype rapes one male character repeatedly and then proceeds to have an orgy with three women, while allowing his minions to rape them after he's finished with them. I won't even go into the *graphic* descriptions of violent sexual assualt that occur more than once in the book to more than one person, male and female. I wanted 272 pages of romance and all I got was a few pages of Blake and Meghan's story inertwined with brutal attacks on all the other minor characters in the book.
I don't mind homoerotic stories, but the way Ms. Pineiro wrote every single homosexual encounter in the book (Blake was molested and turned by an older man), Foley is raped many times by the male villain I began to wonder if Ms. Pineiro was homophobic. I am not saying she is, but there was no indication that any gay/bi character in "Fury Calls" was anything more than a pervert or a rapist.
Not every homosexual relationship is brutual and ugly, in fact if you read about Jules Cassidy and Robin Chadwicke's relationship in Suzanne Brockmann's novels, you can truly appeciate that a loving gay relationship can occur in romance stories, even ones where the primary focus is on the male/female leads. Ms. Pineiro could have joined the ground-breaking exploits of Ms. Brockmann by writing a positive homosexual encounter in the story, but all the reader gets is rape, violence and a cliched antagonist.
I felt like I missed out on Blake and Meghan's story. If the writer had focused more on that then describing violent assaults, then this book could have been as good as the others in the series.
Save your money and skip this book.