- File Size: 663 KB
- Print Length: 190 pages
- Publisher: ImaJinn Books; 1 edition (February 15, 2007)
- Publication Date: February 15, 2007
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GEAK3S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Grave Illusions (Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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There are some occasional, sizzling and sensual moments between Jess and Britt as well as a few sexy scenes.
I have been a fan of vampire novels for years and, in my opinion, no author of any series has featured a female vamp like Jess. I LOVE The Vampires In America Series by D.J. Reynolds and as fab as she is, she does not have any principal female vamp characters. They are all male.
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Gardiner and I guarentee you it is not the last. She has exceeded my expectations. In fact about 30% through this first book I bought the other 3 books. I rated this story at 4.25 and assigned it a sexy rating of 4.
As a first book in a series that keeps the same main characters, the author should have spent more time developing all the characters, their relationship and the background. Instead, the background detail is very sketchy and most of the characters were one dimensional. We didn't need insta love when we could have seen realistic progression over several books.
I will be listed as a verified purchaser because I bought a copy back in 2011 and forgot about it, however I recently requested a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Obviously, the blurb and cover made this book seem like a great choice for me, a big UF fan.
You're leading man, John Britain, is like any other man who was kicked off the force for having `accidently' killed his partner, never going to prison because the body went missing, sends money to his dead ex-partners grieving widow anonymously, divorced from his cheating wife, drinks too much, and lives in a crummy apartment working as a night taxi driver. I think that just about covers it all! But he's a hell of a man that begins to straighten up his life when Jess offers him a job after almost seducing him at the beginning. The down side is that for the first twenty percent of the book you are going back and forth between Jess trying to recruit John as a vampire hunter and John unable to make up his mind about it because he not only wants to know more information but doesn't feel he deserves a second chance to work with the police.
As an added plus to the book, there were plenty of moments with sexual tension--though I was rooting for more in that department. Not to mention enough fights and surprises to keep you coming back for more. I know I did!
It was a fast read and easy to follow until you got to the last fifteen percent. Things began to not add up in conversation and some actions I wanted to ask the characters themselves, "what about that made sense" or "where's the other guy". Though a few started to not add up, and the battles seemed lacking at the very end, I found it to still be a good and enjoyable read.
I give this book a four out of five and I would recommend this to several people.
By Brenda Franklin author of the Pulse Trilogy.