Read from September 03 to 09, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1
Synopsis: The first of a new vampire romance series, a sequel to the Awakened by Blood trilogy.
Mihaela, a fearless vampire hunter secretly haunted by loneliness and childhood tragedy, finds it difficult to adjust to the new world order where vampires are not always the bad guys. She’s taking a much needed vacation in Scotland when she sees a little boy being chased through the streets of Edinburgh. Rescuing him brings bigger problems – two vampires from her past: Gavril, who killed her family; and the reclusive and troubled Maximilian, gifted Renaissance artist and one-time overlord of the most powerful undead community in the world. Maximilian once saved her life and now needs that favor returned.
The earth moves for Mihaela in more ways than one. From Scotland to Budapest and Malta, she races against time to prevent a disastrous, vampire-induced earthquake and save an innocent yet powerful child – all while fighting a dreadful attraction to Maximilian, her only ally, whom she can’t afford to trust. For Maximilian, the hunter becomes a symbol of renewed existence, as he struggles to accept his past and rediscovers his appetite for blood and sex – and maybe even happiness.
Bookish Things: 301 pages. The cover is divine, I love the the purple dress, it really catches the eye.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.87
I hadn’t read the first series, and I still enjoyed this book. I’m sure there was some small nuances I didn’t pick up because of the lack of known history, but it certainly didn’t detract from the story.
Mihaela, our protagonist, is a damaged vampire hunter. The hunters have been her family since she was a small child who survived a vampire attack on her house that left her real family murdered. She’s not really a character I could relate to. She is head strong and stubborn, and makes ridiculous decisions based on messed up emotional needs and thoughts too. I liked her, but didn’t really ‘get’ her.
Maximilian, our dreamy yet dark and brooding male love interest, is an interesting character. He’s hundreds of years old, has spent years punishing himself for something he did in his past, and probably one of the most broken, yet strangely powerful vampire characters I’ve read about.
The chemistry between the two worked brilliantly. I loved the tension. I even liked the weirdly perfect sex that would normally irk me to tears.
Marie has created an action packed story, one that is littered with twists and turns, challenges and conflicts for all characters. Add to the mix a little more paranormal than just your average vampires and you end up with this interesting story.
I will be reading book 2 of this series very soon!
One thing I noticed: 67% – Their (They’re) all with Robbie…
**Note: I received an electronic copy of this book through Net Galley**