Review: Seduce (Vampire Erotic Theatre #3) by Felicity Heaton
Determined to impress Antoine, one of the owners of the Vampire Erotic Theatre, Sera sets up an interview to become one of the performers, not realizing she’s going to have to “perform” with strangers in front of the man her heart yearns for. Antoine has his hands full managing the theater, placating its elitist aristocratic patrons, and keeping a careful eye his volatile and dangerous older brother. A relationship between Antoine and Sera is a liability in more ways than one, but when you find the other half of your soul, how do you say no? Electric and smokin’ hot, Seduce is a “must read”!
- Title: Seduce
- Series: Vampire Erotic Theatre, novella #3
- Author: Felicity Heaton
- Prominent Characters: Antoine, Sera, Snow
- Recommended Reader Age: 17+
- Genre(s): paranormal romance, erotica
- Sexual Content Level: high
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
The Vampire Erotic Theatre series is both a tease and a treat, a voyeur’s dream. With each successive story, Ms. Heaton gives us a little more in-depth look into the workings of and performances in the theater, and Seduce follows that tradition without shame, starting out the story with glimpses of a steamy orgy between Victor and some of the other performers.
Sera, a relatively young “turned” vampire, wants Antoine so badly she’s willing to audition as a performer in his erotic theater. As one of the Aristocracy, an Elite like Sera is below his notice and his duties as theater manager keep him busy enough that having to personally facilitate her audition is a serious irritation. When Victor, the theater’s star performer, shows up at her audition, Sera realizes what she’s expected to do, in front of the man she’s trying to impress, and a beautiful awkwardness ensues. A seductive striptease that steamrolls into a fiery, aching seduction, Seduce is hot, heavy, and enthralling within the first quarter of the novella. Ms. Heaton is a master of crafting alluring characters who are complicated and deep, and evoke powerful emotions with punch and passion… both as individuals and as a couple.
Antoine had quick appearances in the previous two stories (Covet and Crave) but his past hasn’t been explored until now, and boy is it a beast. Living with such scars for so long has taken its toll and Ms. Heaton paints his struggle vividly and with heart-wrenching depth. Covet and Crave both hinted at dark secrets in Antoine’s and Snow’s past, but the depth of the suffering they’ve endured is far harsher than I’d expected, and really sets the bar high for future stories in this series. By the time we get to Snow’s book, I think I’m going to be a nervous wreck!
The connection between Antoine and Sera is deep and strong, probably the most vibrant of any of the VET couples to date. I loved the vulnerability they exposed to each other and the sheer intensity of passion they brought out in one another. Moments, more like chapters, were so hot I had to stop reading in public (on my tablet, where the cover wasn’t even visible!) for fear I was making revealing expressions and little noises. Embarrassing, right? But so true! And SO good!
One of my favorite parts about Seduce was getting to know Snow better. It will be a few books before we get to his story, and the new characters are great – unique and interesting – but he is going to need a really strong woman, and their story is bound to be a rollercoaster of a ride!
Seriously, Antoine? *sudden mental visual of the Hef* Ok, ew!
A thousand years old was too young for starting a family, especially with one who was probably not a day over 30.
Antoine is obviously all about equality… *grin*
“Can you take these off now?” Sera rattled the chains.
He had forgotten about them. “Are they hurting you?” He inspected one of her wrists, running his thumb over the smooth unmarked skin.
Antoine looked back at her and she smiled wickedly. “I just want to use them on you now.”
Antoine grinned and undid her wrist. Devil, he could go along with that.
If you liked Seduce…
If you enjoyed Seduce and haven’t yet read the other novellas in the series, start over with Covet, the story of Lilah and Javier. As a human bound to another vampire master, and an aristocrat at that, Javier has lusted after Lilah from afar… until he just can’t help himself any longer. Sprinkled with tantalizing scenes from the erotic theater’s show performances, Covet and Crave will have you hot and bothered and falling even more in love with your own significant other.
If you’ve already devoured Ms. Heaton’s Vampire Erotic Theatre series and are looking for more in the same vein of sexiness and shorter length, Laura Kaye’s Vampire Warrior Kings novella series is ideal. It starts with In the Service of the King, the sweet and incredibly sexy story of Kael and Shayla as they both struggle to overcome their own personal demons and fulfill the roles they’re destined to play. In Nikolai and Kate’s story, Seduced by the Vampire King, urgency and tension will hold you captive as they face life and death and discover a love that will save them both.
Every novella in this series so far has been incredibly good, and Seduce surpasses the previous two in sheer heat and sensuality. Antoine’s history is so painful, and has led to a nearly insurmountable emotional handicap, that even though you know this is his book and he’s going to get his happily ever after, you fear he won’t be able to make it work. Snow is another real draw for this story, as we delve deeper into the struggles he suffers daily and the brutality of his shared past with Antoine. And Sera… well, she’s really hard not to love, and is an open book emotionally and sexually. Seduce is a powerhouse of sexual tension, emotional vulnerability, and the poignant kind of love you hope touches your own life.