Author: Jake C Wallace
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3.5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: With pain and loss in their pasts and evil threatening their futures, two vampires will find a love that lasts forever… if they dare.
Carson Locke is dangerous, even by vampire standards. A rare Tabula Rasa vampire, he can wipe the mind of those he bites—human or vampire. Because of this, he’s lived his entire life in isolation. When his family is murdered, Carson runs from those who want him dead. Injured, starving, and about to be executed, he meets Commander Lincoln Samuels, an officer in the New Vampire Justice police force.
Lincoln, a Sanatore vampire, possesses the gift of healing. The moment he encounters Carson, broken and terrified, trying to steal blood to survive, he is compelled to help the other man—despite the risk to himself. Their bond creates something the world has never seen, but others have plans for Carson and his destiny was written long before he was born. He’ll either become a tool to control the vampire world or, with Lincoln by his side, find the courage to fight and become its savior.
Review: This book had a lot of interesting things going on. There’s vampires. Always a favorite of mine to read about. There’s also some unique lore surrounding the vampires in this book. They are not extra strong. Some do have super powers. They aren’t allowed to feed from humans. They drink synthetic blood. They police themselves with their own divisions of law enforcement. There’s an ongoing conflict with nons (humans) because they all have to share the world. Not a battle but more of a prejudice against vampires because they are potential predators to humans.
Another one of the things I like to read about is politics and intrigue. The good guys aren’t always good. Just like the bad guys aren’t always all bad. This is where Carson finds himself. He breaks into a blood bank to steal blood. An offense punishable by death. He’s been hidden away his entire life and has no idea how to survive in the real world on his own. Which is how he finds himself as a ward of Lincoln and the vampire FBI of sorts. Both Lincoln and Carson are the rare types of vampires with super powers. Carson is the rarest form in a Tabula Rasa. The kind of vampire that must be registered and monitored because in the wrong hands could be a dangerous man. If he bites you, you turn into a vegetable basically. Somebody seems to want to get their hands on Carson. They murdered his mother so it’s safe to assume it’s for nefarious purposes. Lincoln’s gift is his blood can heal other vampires but there’s another risk involved with the blood gift that makes him unwilling to offer it as easily as one would think. Carson is near death when they find him. Nothing they do is healing him. So Lincoln does what he thinks is right and offers his blood damned the potential consequences. This unlocks something inside Carson. Something very powerful and unknown.
I liked so much about this book obviously. The characters were great and I found the entire story compelling. I think most of my problems with the book came from the insta love romance. It starts off with Carson half dead from starvation and Lincoln getting aroused by the site of him. It was kind of icky honestly. Then it’s insta lust despite a million reasons why they should hook up including Carson being very ill. Followed by mating, angst and insta I will die for you love! To be fair that type of thing is just not for me. The rest of the story was pretty good. The ending was easily tidied up and kind of anticlimactic. I think those who like vampire stories would enjoy this. Even if the insta stuff isn’t for you. There’s a lot more to the story then the romance. Enough to hold my interest anyway.