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Lissa was having a really bad day. Understatement, as her beloved husband had just died that day and before the day is out so does Lissa. I guess you would call becoming a vampire dying of a sort. And all because two bored vampires decided to make a wager about her becoming a vampire. Her adventures begin when she wakes up alone and escapes the locked room she finds herself in. It doesn’t take her long to realize what she is and that she is totally alone in it. She literally has to start from scratch with her whole life AND grieve her husbands death. From learning how to feed to having to find a job with no ID, it’s not easy for Lissa. She was 47 when she died, when she woke up she looked 23 and completely different so there is no going back to her life. How she goes about her new life, job and new friendships makes for a really great read.
You know those series that even though you just finished one book, you immediately buy the next one and the next one until you run out? That’s what’s going on with this series for me. My TBR stack of books can just sit there awhile while I enjoy these books. Oh there’s a few things that are confusing a bit here and there but for the most part this book sucked me in and never let go. Of course there’s some love interests along the way but that’s not in the forefront of this book. And sometimes that is a good thing because you know you have a whole series to explore that especially since she is a new widow. The author has created a world where vampires and werewolves live among us,albeit secretly. Lissa manages to become involved in both of these worlds. Both worlds have power struggles, politics and their own systems of reprimanding their members-this was some great world building I must say! I loved this book and the next one, Blood Passage, that I am reading now is just as good so far. These have been out awhile and that’s good because there’s several out there to read-and no waiting! I rated it 4.5 stars. Originally posted on PureTextuality.com on 06/21/2013
I am SO glad I did - this is now one of my favorite authors! I have seen several posts about the story having a few plot holes, and I suppose there might be, but not enough to detract from the actual story. I found few grammatical errors in this book (which is rather rare for ebooks!).
Lissa is a 47 year old woman who goes to a bar down from the hospital her husband has just died at and she decides to get drunk. Unfortunately for her, there are two reckless and rebel vampires who enjoy terrorizing humans by trying to turn them. They make a bet on when she will turn (the last made female vampire was 700 years ago) so it's obvious that neither expects her to survive. This is allegedly plot hole #1, but I will defend the author saying that they noticed she WAS turning (later in the book when another vampire is made, they can tell she is turning). Plot hole #2 is that she has no issue that she is now a vampire. I do understand this, but frankly, if I was a 5'1, sized 16 47 year old woman, I would be thrilled that I was suddenly young and beautiful! I do agree that she would have been a little more unaccepting, but hey - it's a paranormal story. It's not real!
Since Lissa's sires are the ones that are trying to kill her, she obviously has no one to turn to and ends up working for Winkler, the owner of an elite security firm. She quickly learns her powers consistently challenges herself to do new things and protect those she considers friends. Plot hole #3 is the the Vampire Council is omnipotent because they know she's a "rouge" vampire. I am not sure if I am the only one that read it, but Charles, right hand man the lead vampire was surfing the internet and noticed that a teen had posted on his Facebook about an incident he saw when Lissa was feeding. When you are the personal assistant to someone high level, you keep track of anything that might affect your boss or organization - Google Alerts, people! After Charles tells the boss about Lissa, Gavin the Assassin is sent to watch her and execute her when the time is right.
The characters in this book are developed and it was easy to see each personality shine through. There was quite a bit of action and quite a few surprising twists and turns. I liked this book so much that I purchased the second and third books right after I finished and have favorited this author! THANK YOU Connie Suttle!