Review: Blood Match by K.A. Linde

Today I get to bring to you the second book in her Blood Type trilogy.  This continuation of the first book has brought the story to a whole other level.  Not to mention the heart crushing twist in the end.  For my full review (spoiler free) keep reading after the book blurb.

35898961Book Blurb:

A desperate human. A powerful vampire. A world divided.

Reyna Carpenter was promised paradise. She was delivered into hell.

Giving up her body for money was supposed to be the hardest part of becoming a blood escort. She never expected to lose her heart to her dark, enigmatic boss, Beckham Anderson. After being taken by a depraved captor who plans to rule the world, Reyna will do anything to return to Beckham.

She just has to find the will to survive this game.

From the pawn, rises a queen.

Review:

It’s been 8 weeks since Reyna was kidnapped.  Betrayed by someone she thought she could trust.  Now, she is a human blood bag.  All she wants is for Beckham to find her and rescue her.  When help finally comes she can’t completely understand how her world and Beckham have changed in that small amount of time.  Reyna wants revenge and to help others like her, but when she gets her chance will her sacrifices pay off or just trap her?

Another fantastic, book throwing, sobbing into my pillow kind of story.  K.A Linde has continued Reyna and Beckham’s story but also added a lot more depth to characters we were desperate to know more about but didn’t realize.  Elle, the rebel group, plays a very prominent role in this book.  We dive more into the world of the rebels and learn more about what is going on and how things with the vampires got so bad.  Reyna and Beckham’s love story truly grows…after a few bumps along the way.  In the first book of this series we just got a taste of their love but in this one, steam will definitely be coming off the pages.  This book has everything a great second book has.  It propels the story, brings the reader deeper into the lives of the characters and leaves you screaming at the author, then crying, then screaming again…you get it.  If you haven’t started this series yet, you needed to like yesterday.  This book only solidifies K.A Linde’s ability to write a paranormal romance with the best of them.

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Review: Blood Type by K.A Linde

Happy Tuesday!  There are a lot of really great releases coming out today.  The one I was lucky enough to get my hands on was Blood Type by K.A Linde.  This is her first swing at a paranormal romance.  K.A Linde definitely hit a homerun with this one.  Blood Type is unique, enthralling and addictive.  This is the first book in this series and I am already salivating for the next installment.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

35263206Book Blurb:

For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.

In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.

Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.

For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.

 

Review:

Reyna is desperate.  She knows that continuing to stay with her brothers is just hindering their lives.  She is unable to get a job without an education and she can’t get an education because she is too poor.  This is why she has decided to work for Visage.  In a world where vampires are real and becoming a permanent blood provider is a very lucrative job, Reyna sees no other option than to become one.  What she doesn’t count on is being paired permanently to Beckham, a VP at Visage.  Their attraction is complex but can they ever really feel for one another?  When one is food and the other her employer what future can their be?

I adored this book.  I was hooked from the first chapter.  Reyna and Beckham are such complicated characters.  They come from different sides of the tracks and can’t see how they would ever be truly attracted to one another.  Add in the paranormal element of vampires and what a world would look like if they had all the power and money.  This book is truly a complex story, not just a paranormal romance.  K.A Linde has such a way of building a world that is relatable and realistic.  The reader can really feel themselves being placed there.  Blood Type is one of the best paranormal romances that I have read in quite a while.  I’ve never felt the levels in a paranormal story the way K.A Linde has written Blood Type.  You get action, paranormal, social commentary and of course, romance.  This may be K.A Linde’s first paranormal romance but it sure doesn’t feel that way.  I can’t wait to get my greedy hands on the next book.  This is a guaranteed hit for all paranormal romance fans!

Happy Release Day: The Next Generation by S.C Stephens

S.C. Stephens’s THE NEXT GENERATION is available TODAY and paranormal lovers won’t want to miss this one! Read an excerpt below and pick up your copy today!

 

About THE NEXT GENERATION

Fitting in can be hard for anyone. But for Julian and Nika Adams, it’s especially challenging. Born as partial vampires, a rare offshoot of pureblood vampires, the twins have had to deceive people their entire lives—distancing themselves from their peers.

Nika desperately wants a hero, a soulmate, someone she can trust with every fibre of her soul—someone as amazing as her father. The boys at her high school aren’t impressing, but luckily for Nika, Hunter Evans has moved into the neighborhood.

Julian desperately wishes he could sever the empathic bond he has with his sister. While it was fun to experience each other’s emotions when they were kids, now that Julian finds himself pining for a girl he can’t have, sharing his feelings is the last thing he wants to do.

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My brother was normally a calm person, not easily ruffled or riled, but Russell was his exception. Consequences aside, Julian would fight him to the death in a bathroom, and drain him dry in an alley; he hated him to the core. And all because Russell was dating the woman Julian was infatuated with: Raquel Johnson.

Raquel was the girl Julian wouldn’t shut up about. They were lab partners for a semester last year, and had developed some sort of friendship during class. But while they talked on occasion, and Raquel seemed to like Julian well enough, Russell was the moon and stars in her eyes. And he treated her like dirt. It was all very tragic, and sometimes I wondered if Julian was only attracted to Raquel because he wanted to save her. He wanted to be her knight in shining armor, wanted to be a hero, like our father. Only problem in this situation was that Raquel didn’t seem to want a knight. Some damsels preferred being in distress.

Just when I was about to yell at Russell to leave already, he and his entourage finally backed away from the shower area. Julian’s body was still tight with anger as the sounds of Russell and his gang started to dissipate. When the heavy door to the locker room banged shut, Julian opened his mouth, exposing his fangs to the boys who were no longer there.

Annoyed, I put my hands on my hips and faced him. “What the hell were you thinking, Julie?”

Julian stepped away from the shower wall; his eyes were still firmly locked on the locker room exit. “You didn’t need to rush in here, Nick. I had everything under control.”

I wiped a smear of blood from his cheek. Holding my red finger in front of his gaze, so he’d concentrate on me and stop staring at the door, I murmured, “Yeah, I see that.”

He glanced at the blood and sighed. “Damn it.” Tenderly, he touched his fingers to his face; when he pulled them away, they were red.

I momentarily considered sucking the swath of his blood from my finger—the vampire in me growled in delight at the idea—but I easily ignored the desire. Grabbing Julian’s elbow, I pulled him to the sink.

Looking at the cut near his eye in the mirror, Julian grimaced. “Great.” His face contorting around his fangs, he asked, “How am I gonna explain this to Mom and Dad?”

Turning on the water, I let the cool stream wash away the yummy goodness that a part of me yearned for. “Well, since I’m still waiting for an explanation, why don’t you try out your excuse on me?”

Sliding his fangs back in, Julian shook his head; his pitch-black hair instantly reminded me of our father. Julian was right, Dad wasn’t going to like hearing about him fighting. “It was nothing,” he murmured, his expression sheepish. “Just Russell being a dick because I was talking to Raquel.”

Sighing, I moistened a paper towel so Julian could clean himself up. “Didn’t feel like nothing, Julie. It felt like…” Remembering his fear and panic, I bit my lip and handed him the towel. That had been a lot more than Julian just reacting to Russell being a jerk. That had been…primal.

As Julian took the towel, his light eyes silently begged me to not finish my statement. Knowing his feelings when he didn’t want me to know them felt intrusive, so I decided to respect his reluctance as much as I could. “It just…felt like something,” I told him.

Julian hissed in a breath as he dabbed the towel against his cut. Unfortunately, since we were living vampires, Julian and I didn’t have the fast-healing ability that our undead family members had. Julian’s wounds would have to close the old-fashioned way. “I was just having a…moment,” he whispered, glancing at me in the mirror.

With sympathy in my heart, I nodded at his reflection. Julian’s panic attacks had subsided over the years, but they crept up now and again if he was put in the right circumstances. Dealing with Russell must have put him over the edge.

I said nothing more about it as Julian wiped away the bloody evidence from his face. I could feel the lingering bumps and bruises Julian felt, shared the ache stinging his cheek. Pain wasn’t necessarily an emotion, but our bodies processed it as such. Ever since birth, I had known when Julian was hurting, physically and emotionally. My long, lean limbs felt fine, but I was aware of his injuries, and was going to be aware of them for the next several days while he healed. Yeah, double-edged sword.

 

 

About S.C. Stephens

S.C. Stephens is a bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer’s block reducing music, heading out the movies and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.

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Review: Tempted by a Vampire by Susan Griscom

Today I have the great pleasure of sharing with you another Susan Griscom book.  Tempted by a Vampire is the first in a new series.  Her talents as a paranormal romance writer exceeds expectations every time I pick up one of her books.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful hump day!

26840774Book Blurb:

Cian DeMarco, a sexy, rockstar billionaire vampire has lived in San Francisco’s prestigious Cliff Side neighborhood in his beautiful mansion overlooking both the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean for seventy years. Happily—or so he thought. Until the rare beauty that is Magdalena De la Rosa sits down at one of the front-row tables in Club Royal where he and his band perform once a week.

Magdalena De la Rosa has it all—Bachelor’s degree in journalism, a job she loves in California, a gorgeous apartment in San Francisco, and a dream guy. Except her boyfriend lives and works in Sacramento—an hour and a half drive from the city Magdalena has always fantasized about living in. All her dreams change, however, when she and her girlfriend find their way into an upscale nightclub and she’s suddenly swept off her feet by the lead singer of that night’s performing rock band, The Lost Boys.
Sparks ignite between the two until a threat that was thought to no longer exist returns to wreak havoc on Cian’s and Magdalena’s lives. Will the temptation to be together outweigh the reality of what Cian must do to keep Magdalena safe from harm?

Review:

Cian has lived his immortal life the best way he knows how.  He doesn’t imagine anything different.  But, when he sees Magdalena first in a restaurant window and then front row of his rock show he feels immediately drawn to her.  Magdalena feels the same draw toward this hot rockstar.  With his draw comes an air of mystery.  Magdalena doesn’t know what Cian is.  Once she does will she be able to accept him and this new world or will Cian be forced to compel her to forget everything breaking both of their hearts?

From page one this story will draw you in.  You will fall for Cian with his sexy rock star persona added only by his being a vampire.  The story weaves expertly between Magdalena and Cian’s stories.  This paranormal world hidden beneath the City of San Francisco is delightfully drawn by Susan.  Her talent for story telling and character development allows for an addictive story with characters that will remain with you until you are able to pick up her next phenomenal story.  If you haven’t read of you Susan Griscom’s paranormal romances I will tell you to pick one up and read it this weekend.  I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Review: Battle Cry (Loki’s Wolves #2) by Melissa Snark

Happy Monday!  Today I get to bring you the next installment in Melissa Snark’s Loki’s Wolves series, Battle Cry.  This book takes off not long after the last, Hunter Moon.  Victoria is coming off of more heartbreak and decisions that could change the world.  This book takes the reader further into the Valkyries world and the Hunter/Wolf war.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead of you!

20507375Book Blurb:

Survival demands sacrifice. Healing requires forgiveness.

After losing her lover and then her mate, Victoria Storm builds a new life in Sierra Pines, California. When the Norse Fates predict the she-wolf will destroy the world to save her unborn child, her duties as Freya’s priestess conflict with her responsibilities as Odin’s Valkyrie.

Sawyer Barrett has hunted Victoria so passionately, he doesn’t know whether he loves or hates her. Desperate to end the fighting, he will take chances with everything–except his heart. This hunter harbors a deadly secret he can’t reveal without risking the tentative ceasefire and his father’s continued disapproval.

Men revere him; monsters fear him. Jake Barrett–the notorious Hunter King–values loyalty to family above all else. When he believes his eldest son was murdered by a wolf ally, he releases a chain reaction of violent destruction that claims the lives of both wolves and hunters.

An ancient vampire plots the destruction of wolves and hunters alike. If the embittered rivalry doesn’t end quickly, there is no hope for the Hunters, Victoria’s pack, or the mortal world.

A complete novel which can be read as a standalone or as part of the Loki’s Wolves series.

Review:

Victoria Storm has lost more than most.  Both her lover and mate have met ends so close together that her heart hasn’t really had time to heal.  But, she must put that aside when she realizes the vampire who took her lover also took his soul.  She must join forces with his father, the Hunter King and his brother who has made it his passion to try to hunt her down.  As they try to navigate the treacherous waters of diplomacy and negotiation, truths will be revealed that could change the world if they got out.  Can Victoria, her pack and the hunters forge an alliance to face the undead or will the undead win out allowing for the end of all they know?

This was a great addition to this series.  You really get to see some of the dangers that Victoria and her pack are facing.  It was also nice to see some of the secrets being revealed.  We got to see more of what the Gods have planned and how much of Loki’s manipulations have caused the horrible scenarios that have caused the Barretts and Victoria so much pain.  I was happy to see that Victoria didn’t have any new heartbreak.  I was starting to wonder if that was going to happen in all the books.  Melissa Snark really managed to weave a fantastic second book that brings the Norse Gods and legends to life and the paranormal world of werewolves and vampires together.  I know this second book was a few years in the making I truly hope the next one comes sooner because I know this fan just can’t wait.

Coffee and a Review with Embrace the Darkness by Lilly Gayle

coffeeHappy Monday!  This week I am going to start your week off with a steamy paranormal romance, Embrace the Darkness by Lilly Gayle.  This is a good addition in the genre of paranormal romance.  In a genre filled to the brim with vampire romances this is a wonderful addition with a twist.  If you are a fan of vampires that are sexy you will love this book.  Be sure to check out my whole review after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful beginning to you week.

17449898Book Blurb:

An experimental vaccine gives vampire Gerard Delaroche hope for the first time in two centuries–until two people are brutally murdered, and he suspects a conspiracy between vampires and mortals. To solve the crime, he must put his trust in a beautiful detective. But is former soldier and MP turned detective, Amber Buckley, a threat to his existence? Or the answer to his prayers?

Amber Buckley and her partner are assigned to do follow up interviews in the Lifeblood of America slayings. Amber believes she and Reid are just new eyes on a cold case. That is, until she meets Gerard Delaroche. Something about him teases long-buried memories Amber would rather not chase. However, the two join together, falling into more than resolution of a murder case. It seems Amber has some dark secrets of her own.

To find their way into the light, Amber and Gerard must first EMBRACE THE DARKNESS.

Review:

Amber is a former soldier turned detective.  She has horrible reoccurring flashbacks about her time in Iraq and her time in Germany recovering.  What Amber doesn’t realize is the new case her and her partner are on will throw her into a world she has always been a part of but never really knew.  Amber is assigned to research murders at a facility that works on vaccines, but that is not everything they do.  The secret vaccines are actually for the vampire virus and Gerard is one of the founders/vampires who are working on this secret vaccine.  As Amber nears the true answers her flashbacks of previous encounters with vampires start coming back.  She thinks this is just a post traumatic delusion but as she gets closer to Gerard he reveals his secret and they decide to work together.  What Amber doesn’t expect working with Gerard is to fall in love with him while discovering secrets of her own.  In the end can a human and vampire work together to keep the vampire secret?  Also, will they be able to cross the vast divide that lies between them to work together both professionally and very personally?

I really enjoyed Embrace the Darkness.  As many of you know I am a fan of paranormal romances and this one did not disappoint.  This is actually the second book in Lilly Gayle’s series.  Though I must say that you can probably read this book as a stand alone.  I did, but I do want to go back and read Megan and Vincent’s story.  I adored Amber and Gerard’s love story.  Also, the intimate scenes are steamy and quite exciting.  The story with the intrigue was a great addition that kept you hooked and wanting to read more.  I think that Amber finding out about her parents and her heritage was a great addition that truly helped to move the story along.  Overall, this was a wonderful read that will keep you turning the pages up until the end.

Fresh Face Friday: Bad Blood by Nicky Peacock

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful week and is ready for a nice weekend.  So, to start off your weekend I am spotlighting a great book and author today.  Nicky Peacock and her book Bad Blood is a great paranormal romance.  It’s a quick read and a wonderful story.  I know I will be picking up more of her books to come.  Be sure to check out rest of my review after the book blurb.  Also, as a little aside I put a little snippet of something I’m working  on featured on my Facebook page.  So if after checking out Nicky’s book you want to see what I am up to check out my little snippet.  I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

17906496Book Blurb:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.”

A five-hundred-year-old bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Britannia and Nicholas, bitter enemies and the only two surviving vampires left in London,have to work together to save un-infected humans and deliver them safely to a vampire stronghold in the Scottish Highlands. Unable to drink the zombie”bad blood,” the remaining vampires need the humans to stay alive.But will the vampires tell the survivors who they are and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance for the greater good?Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the “safe” hold?

Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.

Review:

In Bad Blood, we are first introduced to Britannia.  She is hunting another of her kind.  She is a vampire and her mission in life is to kill all those who her creator created die.  That is until she is forced to work with him in an effort to save surviving humans from becoming zombies.  A terrible plague is unleashed that makes humans become zombies.  This is a problem since vampires cannot drink the infected blood.  So, essentially she and her creator, Nicholas must save/herd as many humans as possible.  Along the way she begins to develop bonds with her newly acquired wards.  One in particular reminds her of her one and only love that she lost hundreds of years ago.  So, between fighting her instincts to battle with Nicholas, run into the arms of her look-alike love and battling zombies Britannia must come to terms with how her life has been and how it will be now that the world has changed.

I really enjoyed this book.  I felt the characters and storyline was addictive and I can’t wait for the next book.  By the end of the book I was dying to know who Britannia had chosen or if she was referring to Jack/Danny.  I also, loved the noticeable development that Britannia had as the story grew.  She grew as a character through trials but also she realized that her solitary life didn’t need to be so solitary.  She saw in the span of just those couple of days that her life could be so much more than it was.  I did find it a little funny how everyone accepted what Britannia and Nicholas were so easily.  That part was a bit comical if not unrealistic.  Overall, this quick and addictive read is excellent for vampire fans.  You will be like me and want to write to Nicky immediately demanding the next book.

4958833Author Bio:  (Courtesy of Goodreads)

I’ve so far been published in 5 countries: USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada and had twenty five short stories included in 45 anthologies with over 25 publishers.

My first lone author book, Bad Blood, will be released through Noble & Young in May.

Review: The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake #2) by Laurell K. Hamilton

I am finally crossing off a book from my  TBR (To Be Read) Summer Reading list.  The first of many is The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton. This is the second book in her Anita Blake series.

In the second book of the Anita Blake series, we find Anita still raising zombies for Animators, Inc and waist deep in gore and dead bodies.  Anita is called in by the police to help investigate some very gory crimes.  Families are targeted and everything is pointing to an uncontrolled zombie.  On top of helping police she is being pursued by a very wealthy man who wants her to raise an over 200 yr old zombie.  He is offering to pay a large sum, but to raise this dead she would have to have a human sacrifice.  Anita refuses at every turn, but the two cases collide in a very shocking way.  Power, death and suspense are the common themes in this book.  We see very little of Jean-Claude, the new Master Vampire of the City.  But, it is known he continues to try to pursue a relationship that Anita is trying to brush off all the while trying to investigate the horrible crimes committed by this rogue zombie.

Overall, I thought this was a really good book.  I read through it quickly and it moved very well.  It did set up the next book, Circus of the Damned, and introduced new characters.  Some of the content was very graphic and I had to put it down a few times because of it.  I wouldn’t recommend anyone underage to read this book.  I think it could be a bit too graphic (violence).  I am excited to continue the series to see what is in store for Anita Blake.  I have already started Circus of the Damned, which is not on my Summer TBR list but sometimes you just need a divergence to move forward in you reading.

For more information about The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.  For my Summer TBR list you can check it out here: http://wp.me/p2is8i-4j

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Today’s review is about a book that could easily become a modern classic, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  This has easily become one of my favorite books and I have re-read it at least 3 times.  I plan to re-read it yet again right before the next installment in the series comes out in July.

A Discovery of Witches starts with just a small unintentional slip that will propel the story.  Diana Bishop is a witch, but most importantly in her mind she is a scholar.  She has always resisted using her powers and instead has put herself full force into her scholarly work of Scientific History.  The story begins in Oxford’s library where Diana unintentionally calls an elusive book, Ashmole 782.  This one act sends the whole story into motion. By summoning this book, even unknowingly, Diana brings down upon her trouble from witches, vampires and daemons.  Diana soon meets a vampire, Matthew Clairmont,  and they begin a journey of discovery for both her and him.

Matthew is a very notable scientist himself and when he hears about the re-appearance of Ashmole 782 he realizes he must find who has summoned it.  He becomes intrigued by Diana.  As Matthew and Diana become closer Diana’s control on her powers becomes less controlled and more erratic.  Matthew and Diana discover that their connection is less and less about the book and more about their destiny.  Their story intertwines in ways that neither of them could have thought possible.  Their enemies begin to come out of nowhere and everywhere.  Matthew and Diana realize that they must work together and with their friends and family to survive the trials that the discovery of Ashmole 782 has caused.

Overall, this is a phenomenal book.  It incorporates historical facts with paranormal.  Deborah Harkness really did her research when it came to the history and the science.  She not only brings in a realism with the characters of Matthew and Diana but she is also accurate in what she is talking about.  The love story of Matthew and Diana’s is one of my favorite parts.  I enjoy the star-crossed lovers aspect of their love story.  Diana being a witch and Matthew a vampire is illegal in their society.  Ms. Harkness weaves a story that will be enduring and makes you want to re-read it again and again just to find out what you missed from before.  I can’t wait for the next installment, Shadow of Night coming out in July.  If it is written half as well as A Discovery of Witches then Ms. Harkness will have another hit on her hands.

For more information or to purchase A Discovery of Witches you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake #1)

I finally broke down and read the first book in the Anita Blake series.  I feel like I am the last person standing who hasn’t read these books.  I had heard a lot of good things about this series, but I am reading so many different series’ right now it is a challenge to fit a brand new one in.  Well, I found the time and read Guilty Pleasures.  I am glad I finally jumped on this bandwagon.

We are introduced to Anita Blake in the midst of a negotiation with a vampire for her services to find a serial killer killing vampires.  We find that she is a Necromancer or “Animator”.  She raises the dead for the company she works for called Animators, Inc.  From here Anita Blake is dragged into finding the culprit of  a horrendous vampire killing spree by the most powerful vampires in St. Louis.  We meet many different creatures while following Anita.  Anita’s world is seedy and dangerous. Her life and that of her friends are being threatened if she does not bend to the will of her tormentors.  As Anita is dragged into this world further and further as she is then attached to one of the strongest vampires in town, Jean-Claude.  Jean-Claude her only ally (reluctantly so for Anita) is soon AWOL and she is left fending off vampires and ghouls with very little help.  You very quickly learn why she is known as the Executioner.

This was a very smoothly written book.  I was impressed with how well written and informative this story was all the while the information didn’t slow the story down.  For a first book in a series it sets up the series without dragging down the story.  I would say that this was not much of a Paranormal Romance if that is what you are looking for.  It is suspenseful and thrilling and you really do want something romantic to happen for Anita, but alas it does not happen.  I do foresee that things will happen further into the series.

I would highly recommend this series.  If you like Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson then you will like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake.  The structure of the stories are similar and both keep you guessing about what may happen next.  I can’t wait to read the next one in the series, Laughing Corpse.

For additional information regarding Laurell K. Hamilton’s books check out her website at www.laurellkhamilton.org.  All of the Anita Blake series can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and any other book retailer.

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