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Vampire Mistress - Joey W. Hill I thought that Joey W. Hill did an honourable job with this book, turning worn-out themes into a rather smart and good story.Gideon is a vampire hunter, overwhelmed by guilt and grief since the woman he loved was killed by a vampire. Pure tortured Alpha male with a knight-in-shining-armour complex and I can see you rolling your eyes!Daegan is a vampire, tall, dark and broody (duh), powerful and dominant.Anwyn is a Dominatrix, owner of a BDSM club and already involved in a relationship with the above mentioned vampire when she meets Gideon in her club. I got interested in this story because I liked her and this quote sums up her character pretty well : (…)”her lips had curved, a tear caught on that tremulous but brave upward turn.”Indeed, not long after the beginning, Anwyn is savagely attacked, raped, very badly hurt and turned into a vampire, discovered bleeding in an alley by her two Alpha males.My interest in the story persisted because Gideon and Daegan don’t go strolling in the setting sun on an avenging rampage to soothe their ”male rage, so helpless in a situation like this, a desperate need to give her back what had been destroyed”Instead, it is a closed door story where they become her jailers as well as her care takers while she’s struggling to come to terms with what happened and her new self, each man exploring his relationship with her.”What she needed was a cocoon of generous, passive emotion to rock in, like a quiet ocean. In that quiet, maybe she could coax her hiding soul from the dark shadows into which it had fled”My complaint is that it was too long and therefore didn’t avoid a few reefs.Confined places are fine for enhanced emotions, deep introspection and character growth but the story and the characters start to choke on their own breath after too long. The author often kept turning over the same inner turmoil and those moments were useless and irritating. They disconnected me from the characters and pulled me out of the story.At last, I dislike it when an author explains me the pros and cons and whys of the characters’ actions.To conclude. Despite a few reserves, I liked Vampire Mistress and will read the follow-on “Vampire Trinity