Murder is serious business among vampires. If you kill, so do they. They are the Penitent – a military order among vampire society charged with one task only. Execute the condemned.
Vesper Hyde is a model Penitent. Solitary. Skilled. Deadly. Only once has she ever lost a target, even though it almost cost her life. Now the one that got away is back with a vengeance, and this time he’s determined to finish the job. She needs to overcome the whispers of doubt and let her instinct and training take over to redeem her failure. But on this second time around, she doesn’t expect a sidekick. A very sexy, stubborn, human sidekick.
Homicide Detective Decker Price has seen it all, including the murder of his wife at the hands of a twisted serial killer. When another murder pitches him headfirst into a world of vampires, witches, and sorcery, he is given a chance to mend shattered parts of his soul. But Vesper’s world is as dark and alluring as the Penitent herself and he will come face to face with echoes of his past in order to help her keep a vicious enemy at bay.
If they are to succeed, they will need to push aside both their failings and work together to ensure the balance of their worlds remains unchanged. Redemption comes at a cost – is their love worth the price?
Okay, whoa, let me just take a deep breath. Because there are a lot. I’m so impressed that in just two days I have had the pleasure of reading two great novels that I loved! In all seriousness, I have met the lovely Tara Woods via Facebook, and am always aware of still reviewing friend’s novels despite being friends with them. However, I truly loved this book. The thing that stands out in Ms Wood’s novel the most are the characters. Vesper is truly ass-kicking, more Buffy than Bella, and says exactly what she thinks, but has her flaws. And Decker is a strong kind of guy, but holds his own, and the electrically charged arguing between them really builds towards their inevitable relationship.
On top of this, I think Tara Wood totally gets my need to have characters who are sexy and hot, and yet psychotic and bloody-minded, in the form of Victor and Howard, who you will love to hate. The writing has just the right pace, and pulled me in from the first page, where we first see the complicated character that is Vesper.
Not to mention that the sex scenes are HOT! They don’t glaze over things, nor are they too drawn out with a plethora of unnecessary flowery language, and I had to fan myself quite a few times to stop my blush spreading over my face! On top of all this, the storyline is original and unique, with a twist on vampires I haven’t seen done before. I also loved how the worlds of humans and vampires were intertwined, rather than the two being separate worlds that met occasionally. Ms Wood also left quite a few tempting morsels of the stories yet to come, with Marcus and Lorelei!
That the next one isn’t out yet? Hurry up and write it Tara!
This was a novel that I literally didn’t put down until I had finished it-literally. If you are looking for a paranormal novel that is neither romance or fantasy, and yet somehow both, with a crime thriller laced in, and just a dash of horror, then this is your book. The storyline is compelling, the characters are vivid, and will play out the story in front of you as clearly as if they were in your room, and there are plenty of moments that will make you gasp, make you smile (probably slyly to yourself after a furtive look around), and will make you scream, ‘No, don’t go there!’. Just download it now here, and wait impatiently for the next one, just like I now will!
I give this…..5/5 STARS!