Publisher: DSP Publications
Rating: 3 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Meet the newest members of the Vampire Guard, where legend and myth meet science and technology.
Jonas Forge, vampire. Once a spy and soldier, now a cop, Forge enjoys the life he’s built with his friends in Flint, Ohio.
Blair Turner, PhD. Blair, a vampire and computer hacker with exceptional skills, shares a powerful empathic bond with Forge, his soul mate.
Declan, vampire, ex-pirate, ex-fur trapper, thief, and con man. Declan is Forge’s former lover and soul mate to Lucas Coate.
Lucas Coate, MD, Flint’s medical examiner. A werewolf living among vampires, Lucas is also one of Forge’s best friends.
Their lives become complicated when an impending Presidential visit throws them headlong into a world of high-tech vampire spies and espionage. Recruited into the Vampire Guard by the secret society of the Akhkharu Nasaru, they uncover a werewolf terrorist organization known as the Qiguan.
Together they must thwart a murder attempt on the open waters of Lake Superior while tracking a previously unknown biological weapon controlled by the Qiquan—a weapon which may very well mean death for one of them.
Review: From the first chapter I couldn’t help feeling like I was late to the party. For me this read like a continuation in a series I’d never read. As soon as I finished I found something saying it was a spin off from a previous world. I didn’t know that going in so please keep that in mind while reading the review. In theory this book sounds exactly like a book I’d love. Vampires, werewolves and spy work. I was very excited to read this. Sadly the majority of the book felt like an info dump. The backstory of each of the 4 MCs and also the backstory of each of their relationships. The vampire and werewolf lore. Setting up the super secrete organizations like the Vampire Guard that recruit the guys by way of kidnapping. The baddie’s terrorist organization and what they’re after. I have to say this was a long 180 pages! It’s also hard to say this because I needed to know all this information or I would have been lost.
Maybe I was just too busy keeping trying to keep all the facts straight but I never really felt like I got to know the characters. Seemed like more telling with a little angst thrown in here and there to stir up some emotion. There were some “MINE” moments from the mating bond coming through loud and clear. There was obviously still some growing pains even years later after the couples bonded. Again, not in this book. Vampires bond for life. In this book Declan, the oldest of them all with a penchant for thievery and panache, is bonded with the local Medical Examiner who is also a werewolf named Lucas. Lucas was meant to be the Alpha heir for the local pack. There wasn’t much about that though as I guess sometime in the past Lucas bucked that responsibility though he still has ties to them because they’re his pack. Lucas happened to be best friends with Forge which is how he met Declan. Forge was made a vampire by Declan so they have a long extensive history. Forge is a member of the PD bonded to a young vampire named Blair. Who is sweet and brilliant. Totally new to the world of the supernatural compared to the others. As bonded pairs they’re recruited to join the Vampire Guard and help them police the vampire world.
Although the cover is striking it kind of spoiled the big mystery of the book. It was pretty obvious what was going on. I just never settled into the book. I like to get lost in the story I’m reading. Instead of doing that I felt more like I was collecting information. For me there was a disconnect from the characters and so much information to take in that I just couldn’t get into it. I’m on the fence about reading the next one in the series. I’m intrigued by the premise but didn’t love this one.