Vampire Elise Sylas returns home from
college to attend the funeral of her sire, Anton Sylas.
There she meets her father’s close friends and business
managers, two wolf shape-shifters, Ace and Verne. The
attraction is immediate.
During the reading of the will, Elise
finds she’s been left Anton’s lumber business, though she’s
advised to immediately sell to the villain of the story,
vampire Justus Trenton. Being the spunky thing she is, she
refuses the industrialist’s offer.
Ace and Verne are both alpha wolves.
Ace handles the business operations while Verne takes care
of the loggers. Though they have no proof, the wolves
believe Anton’s traffic accident and decapitation was a
thinly-concealed murder. Bunking with Elise is a convenient
way to protect her from Justus’ henchmen and share in lusty
When a suspicious fire rips through
their woods and a masked man attempts to shoot Elise, the
wolves must turn to Pax Julien, sire of the heir to the
Vampire Nation, in the hopes the environmentalist will
convince his lover to investigate Justus.
Despite the incredibly bad cover
art—poor Elise looks like a badly done transvestite—this
short carnal ménage (as the title hints) packs a lot into a
little package. Ace and Verne are suitably attractive and
well-rounded characters. Elise’s self-confidence is a breath
of fresh air in a genre that often places women in either
the victim corner or the bad-ass chick ring. Elise is
neither, nor does she do things that make you want to whack
her and cheer for the villain. Carnal Inheritance
provides a sprinkling of everyone’s favorite paranormal
creatures, vampires and werewolves, without complicating the
storyline with back plot and lengthy explanations of
supernatural beings. Bravo, Kate Hill.