Favorite Lines: “Bloodlust was…destructive for the Breed. The tipping point between the assuaging of hunger and reckless overdose of blood was easily breached.” (60)
Vampires seem to be popping up everywhere. While this drives some people crazy, I’m happily sucking them all up. (No pun intended.) One problem I’ve been having is the use of the term ‘big bad’ to describe everything. I can’t help but flash to Buffy and immediately get pissed.
Thankfully, Ms. Adrian does not go there. She introduces an alien species that happens to be Vampires or the Breed. There are civilians, Rogues, and the Order who protects humans. The Rogues are vampires that have a bloodlust. They are addicted to blood and take more than they need to live while sucking the life out of their human donor.
There are very few females that the Breed can reproduce with and the lucky ones are called Breedmates. (Never would have figured that out, huh?)
Lucan Thorne is the oldest Breed in the Order. He is hunting Rogues when Gabrielle Maxwell catches his attention. She seems to be able to ignore the vampire glamor and actually see the danger surrounding her. As she’s leaving the night club, Gabrielle witnesses six men attacking another man and snaps their picture. It appears that the six men are tearing the man apart like wild animals and she heads straight to the police department where she is quickly labeled as crazy.
Gabrielle doesn’t know that the only reason she survived the attack she witnessed was because of Lucan. Lucan dropped down and wiped out the rampaging vampires. He becomes fascinated by her smell and follows Gabrielle. Just as he is about to taste her, he discovers a small birthmark that tells him she is a Breedmate. Unable to let her go, but unable to make her his, Lucan is determined to protect her from the war that is coming.
I put off buying this book for a month. The only good side of putting off the purchase was that I was able to get book one and two, so no waiting to jump into the next story. Gabrielle has special abilities that she’s unaware of that come to light with Lucan’s help.
Lucan is flawed. He is on the edge of becoming one of the creatures that he hunts every night. He is strong and the epitome of alpha hotness. Descriptions of him having sex, priceless. Ms. Adair has done wonders in creating a new mythology that I can appreciate, enjoy, and look forward to reading more of. The villain was not obvious, nor was it given away early in the book.
Many characters were introduced and I can’t wait to hear their stories. In the meantime, I’ve got issues. There is one specific womens issue that bothers the hell out of me. I’m not happy with the way that it was introduced or resolved so if you don’t want to know STOP reading HERE!
Cutting. Gabrielle has scars from cutting herself to ease her inner pain. The issue is treated like it’s not a problem. That because she’s a Breedmate, bleeding herself is normal. Maybe that’s not what Ms. Adrian wanted me to take away from this book, but it’s what I got.
If you’ve read it, let me know what you think.