Intervamption by Kristin Miller
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Source: From publisher for review
Crimson Bay Vampires series
Either one or both of your parents has vampire blood. Welcome to the vampire race!
Please keep a few things in mind as you ease into the most difficult phase of your life:
1. Light sensitivity, humming teeth, and stomach pains are completely normal. You’ll also be faster, stronger, and sexy as hell (if you’re lucky).
2. You’ll bloodlust and go crazy if you deny your body’s urge for blood. Why fight it?
3. Do not pierce the skin of a mundane involuntarily. We’re not animals and will not behave as such.
4. Therians, our shapeshifting brethren, cannot be trusted. Their loyalties shift as often as their identities.
5. Lighten up—you’re not dead.
Contact Dylan, owner of ReVamp, in Crimson Bay, California, for more information.
Slade is a therian and has been called into service by his master, or Sheik, when there is news of a vampire uprising. His Sheik, Moses, promises to restore him to Assassin status if he helps. Moses wants Slade to shift into a vampire, which is nearly impossible to do, and Slade is to infiltrate a khiss of vampires, and take down a high ranking mark.
Dylan owns ReVamp, which helps vampires blend in with humans and control their urges, as well as offering a safe haven. For centuries, the Court has been trying to find out what has been tainting their blood supply, and weakening the wills of vampires across the area. Bloodlusting street crimes were climbing, in spite of the efforts of ReVamp. ReVamp’s blood banks have been open for more than 50 years, but lately they’ve been noticing problems among their patrons, and it’s Dylan’s job to find out what’s going on. The possibility of bloodthirsty vamps hitting the streets and causing mass panic is becoming very real, as well as vamps being rounded up, tortured, and executed by the therians.
Dylan gets a visit from a vampire that is set to be enlightened, which is the vampires equivalent of marriage. He is in love with another, however, and makes Dylan promise to protect his lover if he should die. He then proceeds to walk out the door, into the sun. She turns to her bodyguard, Ruan, for help in tracking down Eve, the dead vamp’s lover, so that she can deliver his final message. Unfortunately, Dylan’s got other issues on her hands. She’s late to help induct a newborn vampire into a khiss, and little does she know, this “newborn” is none other than Slade, the undercover therian sent to infiltrate the vamps. There’s an instant connection, and in spite of her age, and centuries of self control, Dylan is unable to find the undeniable heat between them. When Slade realizes that Dylan is a vampire, sparks fly, and not in a good way. The rejection hurts Dylan more than it should, and she resolves to get back to business immediately. Easier said than done, though!
Slade is very alpha male, and I really liked that about him. He finds himself feeling very protective of Dylan, regardless of the fact that she’s a vamp. Slade’s feelings about vamps in general are also undergoing a bit of a transformation. Being in their midst makes him realize that they might all not be the vicious animals that he’s always thought them to be. Needless to say, for a therian and Assassin, this isn’t a good thing, since it challenges everything that Slade has been made to believe. Dylan is a strong, smart woman, and more than able to hold her own alongside Slade. However, she’s fighting a battle between what her heart desires, and what her khiss, and her life’s work is demanding of her. A war between the vampires and the therians is brewing, but secrets will come out that will threaten all that Dylan and Slade have been taught about their races. The action is fierce, the vamps are hot, and you won’t want to miss this unique debut!