Vulnerable By Amy Lane

From Amazon.com:  Working graveyards in a stop & rob seemed a small price for Cory to pay in order to get her degree and get the hell out of Nor-Cal. She was terrified of disappearing into the aimless vortex that awaited the lost and the young that haunted her neck of the woods. Until the night she actually stopped looking at her books and looked up. What awaited her was a world she had only read about—one filled with fantastical creatures that she was sure she could never be.

And then Adrian walked in—and she discovered that risking your life was nothing compared to facing who you really were. And then falling in love.

The Drama:  Cory works at a Chevron in middle of nowhere Northern California, while trying to get her college degree and leave her small town.  While working the night shift, Arturo the elf enters her world, touches her, and enables her to see the rest of the supernatural community around her.  Arturo’s friend, a gorgeous vamp named Adrian, sees through her tough chick Goth looks.  Cory cannot understand what Adrian sees in her, but takes a chance on him anyway.  Then, the murders start.  Were-cats are being viciously murdered all around Cory, so Adrian takes her to his home, where she meets Green.  Green, a high elf, and super hot sex healer, welcomes Cory into their home and unleashes Cory’s mysterious powers.  The three, Cory, Adrian, and Green struggle with new powers and new feelings, while trying solve their friends’ murders. 

The Smut:  WARNING: SMUTTY SPOILERS  Vulnerable offers up one of the most complicated relationships I have dealt with in this genre.  Adrian and Green have been in love for…well ever, and secretly hope to find someone who can love them both.  Cory is a 19 year old virgin whose life is turned upside down by recent events.  I struggled with the idea of Cory’s first love being for two people, not because I am against it, but because there are just so many what-ifs.  Cory is thrust into a house full of hot elves and vamps at 19; I would have been trying to bang everyone in the house too! But is that love? After a few weeks?  Hmmm…  But don’t let my questions fool you, the smut in this book was different and I enjoyed the hell out of it.  I am really struggling not too give much away, but let me tell you: Adrian + Cory + Green + Magic = Extremely Exciting Topiaries.  …And I will leave it at that.

The Ranty Rave:  By my normal shallowish standards of what makes a good book, I should have hated this book.  It’s dark, deep, and has very little humor (besides previously mentioned topiaries).  I had to reread sections multiple times to understand WTH was going on, and I was unsure if that was because of the writer, the editing or the HORRIBLE Kindle edition.  (Kindle rant: This was the worst book I have encountered on Kindle in terms of typos and errors.  There were literally random numbers everywhere.  Hard to swallow when paying almost full price for a book.)  This book left me depressed with several unanswered questions about Cory and her powers. Cory was a little too close to lowest-self-esteem-on-Earth Bella Swan for my tastes, but towards the end she started to kick some serious ass, which made me very happy. That being said, I loved it.  I loved the characters, the plot, the moodiness, the settings and the smut.  It’s not a happy book, but since I have friends who actively seek out the saddest books they can find, I know there are those who will love that about it too.  And besides, not every book can be about slutty foul-mouthed demons, right?

Rating: 8 for the book, but I cannot recommend the Kindle edition.

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