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A WOMAN OUT FOR BLOOD
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .
A VAMPIRE OUT FOR REVENGE
A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever.
ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for honest review
I'm a big fan of paranormal books, especially if they feature the most famous, sexiest and deadliest creatures of the night- vampires. Until I saw this book I didn't read anything paranormal in awhile, so I was very excited when I got to read it. There are some authors you simply trust not to disappoint you and Larissa Ione is one those authors ever since I've read her Demonica Series.
Her stories and characters are never boring. The thing I love about her books is that they feature strong, bad-ass characters who can kick some ass. This story was no exception to that rule. The two main characters, Nicole & Ryker, were the main reason I liked this book. Both characters were tough, feisty & fearless - my favorite type. Their past & present get intertwined by one tragic event and so begins their love & hate relationship. I love reading about love & hate relationships in books under a condition that they don't turn into melodramatic soaps and fortunately that wasn't the case with this story. They are my one of my favorite types, because they usually end up with a lot of "angry" and steamy hot scenes, just like this one ;). Nicole and Ryker were at each other throats from the very beginning, never knowing if they want to kick each other ass or jump each other bones. It was fun to read about their back and forth bickering and anticipating when they will finally give in into all that passion that was consuming them. Plus, Ryker was one provocative & sexy vampire with a dirty mouth which I didn't mind at all.
"There´s nothing to finish," she said. "Nothing to finish? You wondered why sex with a vampire was such a big deal. I´m going to show you." Riker moved toward her, slowly, like a cat sneaking up on a bird. "Stamina." He stepped closer. "Multiple orgasms." Closer, and her mouth went dry. "Flexibility." Closer. Her skin flushed hot. "Strenght." Closer. Her stomach did a flip-flop. "The ability to sense heat so we know what parts of the body are the most sensitive at the right time." Closer. A throbbing ache started low in her pelvis. "The ability to hear the slightest change in the tempo of your pulse so we know exactly how every stroke, kiss, and lick effects you."
If this quote doesn't make you wanna read this book, I don't know what else will :D.
The first half of the book was IMO better than the second half. In the second half the story kind of lost its spark. My only complaint is that as far of the paranormal world is concerned, we didn't learn anything new. The plot wasn't anything original and for me it seemed that the author was more focused on the romance part which I hope will change with the future books. I would recommend this book to all fans of L. Ione, J. R. Ward, Gena Showalter etc. and especially to those who enjoy hot & spicy paranormal romances. Will I read the next book in the series? Damn, sure I will!
She was a human among vampires, but she felt far less alone than she had as a human among humans.