Half-vampire Kristin learned of her identity in My Blood Runs Blue, first of Stacy Eaton’s vampire romantic series. In this sequel she’s beginning to enjoy that added edge her new skills bring to her police career—imagine being able to hear the villain before he breaks into the house, give chase faster than mere mortals can run, or genuinely catch the scent of prey. Lots of backstory brings new readers up to date with the previous book, but the salient details are easy to grasp and the tale soon starts to move forwards. Kristin’s oddly unwilling to complete her vampiric change, despite her love for Alex. And the usual misunderstandings abound. Danger looms in both Kristin’s and Alex’s jobs and soon the feisty female is struggling to convince the male characters that she really can look after herself. There’s a wonderful scene where Kristin finally reveals herself to selected friends. Meanwhile some sensuous couplings are enhanced by vampire sexuality. The story switches viewpoints between characters, repeating scenes with added details to give an interesting flavor of mystery. Seeing behind the scenes of misunderstandings adds intrigue. And the final revelations satisfyingly resolve the various points of tension. The characters are fun, Kristin’s a great example of a strong female protagonist, and the vampire lore is nicely done, pleasingly different without breaking too many rules. The story’s slowed by backstory and repetition of course, but the well-rounded chapters and scenes make it ideal for a summer read where you’re going to keep picking it up and putting it down.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to find this when it was free.
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