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Giveaway info: Vampire Book Collection: Paperback copies of Sanguinary, Legally Undead, Beyond the Count and a Gothic cross pendant (Tour-wide)
Series: Night Shift #1
Book Length: 188
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Detective Cami Davis and her
sexy, cowboy-turned-vampire informant are all that’s standing between humanity
and monsters who would rule the world—and all that’s standing between them
having a torrid love affair is the fact that he’s an enemy of humanity.
THROUGH DARKEST TEMPTATION
When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city’s vampire unit, she
planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the
department. She didn’t know then what she knows now: A silent war rages between
humans and their supposedly pacified predators, and the vampires are winning.
With the clock running out on her kind, Cami will do whatever she must to defeat
Enter Reese Fulton, a disaffected ex-cop and a vampire. She can’t exactly trust
him, but with his cowboy boots and good-ole-boy drawl he’s the perfect beard
for Cami’s fledgling undercover operation. Yet playing Reese’s Claimed—a vampire’s
personal bloodgiver—isn’t as straightforward as she was led to believe. His
bite is as enthralling as his dimpled smile, and soon Cami is wondering which
will pose more of a challenge: subduing the enemies of humanity...or her own
“Hey, Bradley.” I beckoned the crime-scene tech, who had finally arrived and was snapping on gloves. “Is that a piece of paper under the vic’s head?”
He bent down over my shoulder to get a clearer view from my line of sight. “It’s tangled in her hair.” He pulled a pair of long tweezers out of his kit and snagged the sliver. “Yep. There’s a word written on it.” We both peered at the brownish, spidery writing.
“Sanguinary,” I said. “Is that written in blood?”
“Maybe. I’ll get the lab to run a basic analysis on it. If it’s blood, we’ll be able to let you know pretty quick if it’s human and, if so, what type. DNA will take longer.”
I stared at the woman a little longer. Her dark hair—almost the same color as mine—spilled out around her, matted with dark, coagulating blood. The two bloody marks on her neck shone like black stars on a white background.
I knew that if I lifted her dress, there would be other puncture wounds all over her body, and strange symbols carved across her skin: pentagrams within circles and other ritualistic signs. Exactly like the others. Ten murders in the four weeks since the beginning of September—all centered in downtown Dallas, and many of affluent victims whose families demanded action.
The department had been in a barely suppressed uproar.
I stood up, my knees popping a little. Five years ago, they wouldn’t have done that.
And five years before that? Vampires hadn’t existed, except in books and B movies.
It took time for the world to believe. We hadn’t even realized how to fight back when they’d first shown up.
This victim’s ragged, bloody fingernails suggested she had tried to resist but obviously failed.
The red dress she wore would have originally matched the color of the relatively scant splashes of blood surrounding her, but those stains had dried to a muddy brown, the same color as the writing on the paper caught in her hair.
Her clothing suggested she’d been at the opera that evening, though the manager, roused from her bed, swore that the building had been cleared and empty when she left.
One black, high-heeled pump lay several feet away, toppled over onto its side, the heel broken, as if she had stumbled out of the shoe when it failed her as she ran from a pursuer.
This was the third time the word had shown up in the case. The first time it had been left in a victim’s voicemail by a man calling from an untraceable burner phone: “The Sanguinary expects you at the Blood House tomorrow night.”
The second time, it had been part of a to-do list in a victim’s day planner: Meet with vampire admin. + Sanguinary.
I’d heard the word even before that from vampires I had taken down—whispered as a threat, shouted as a warning: The Sanguinary is coming. The Sanguinary will kill you all.
But no one who knew what the Sanguinary was would admit to it.
That’s why I was about to go undercover among the vampires.
Margo Bond Collins writes urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.
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Every time I think I’m so over vampires a book comes along to change my mind. I love the mythos in this story. Think of “Blade” movies meets COPS or NCIS. Human police woman Cami meets a rare vampire who wants to take down the bad guys from the inside. Can a human vampire hunter and a vampire trust each other and work together? And where exactly do those vampires come from? Add conspiracy theories, an out of control bite addicted cop and the feds and things are definitely going to get interesting.
This story is not like the “popular” vampire movies and myths. It is dark, dangerous, and sexy.
I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds, and a definite 5 on the chili pepper rating.
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