Jasmine things she has the flu, but actually, somewhere along the way—probably at her nursing job in the hospital ER—she managed to become infected with vampirism. Corin, is a vampire assassin. He is charged by the Council to enforce the rules against unapproved turnings. Typically this would mean monitoring the three day transition and then destroying the new vamp as well as the maker. Unfortunately, Jasmine doesn’t have a maker to guide her through the painful transition. Since Corin is not allowed to kill a human and must wait for her transition to be complete, he must assume the role of maker and help her. (Of course one of the ways to ease the pain of transition just so happens to be sex, so you can tell how big of a hardship this is for him.) Along the way, he finds his feelings for Jasmine grow. Will he be able to kill her in the end?
I am a total vampire lover, but this book left me lukewarm. I thought the concept was good, but the love story was unbelievable. I get the whole “You complete me thing” since he’s a killer and she’s a healer, but that doesn’t seem like enough to build a relationship on. I did enjoy Corin’s back story, about how he was tortured in the early years of his immortality. In fact, I liked Corin as a character. It was really Jasmine that I found lacking depth. For an erotic novel, there was plenty of sex—I just like sex scenes to be backed up with a compelling love story.
Overall I give HUNGER AROUSED…
Plot – 3 bookmarks
Character Development – 3 ½ bookmarks for Corin & 2 bookmarks for Jasmine
Love Story – 2 bookmarks
Sex Scenes – 3 ½ bookmarks
World Building – 3 bookmarks
Dream cast (Otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Rachael Weist (Jasmine), Manu Bennett (Corin)