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The Half-Breed Vampire Mass Market Paperback – February 21, 2012
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Game warden Rania Ravenwing sets out to track a wolf pack that seems to have taken a teenager in the Cascade Mountains, and asks vampire Slade Donovan for help. But...soon learn it's no ordinary pack they're after...This is an original and well-written story with a fascinating mythology and wonderfully complex characters. ~ 4.5 stars RT Bookreview
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The third story in my Sons of Midnight mini-series for Harlequin Nocturne opens up a new part of this world, where my Cascade Clan vampires collide with the Wenatchee Were Pack. Neither trusts the other, but both will have to make sacrifices if they wish to survive.
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So it's close to the next full moon when Slade it assigned to work with a local game warden to hunt some large wolves seen running the Cascade mountains and and harassing the residents. Raina Ravenwing is a tough woman, but one that seems to calm Slade...even when chasing after weres.
Raina has chosen her own path, which goes against that of her people who refer to her as the Wolf Whisperer. Raina knows exactly what happened to the last Whisperer and is determined not to have the same fate as her. But as she tries, along with Slade, to determine where this new wolf pack came from, she comes face to face with the fact that there are more paranormal creatures in the world other than vampires.
I will admit I didn't read book 1 & 2. That probably is why I was a little lost with some things in the story. That said, you can still follow what is happening and engage fully with both Slade and Raina. I like the twist with Slade being the lost son of the pack alpha...hidden amongst the vampires. It added an emotional element for Slade as a man who's always looking for a way to belong.
On the flip side of Slade, we have Raina, who finds out that everything that she's held dear is a complete lie. When you put Raina and Slade together you can see the two pieces of the whole connecting.
The romance was a bit fast (I think they were trading I love you's within two or three days), but given how fast the overall storyline moved it fit right in.
Raina knows her instant attraction to her new teammate comes at a bad time as the task must come before her need. He feels the same though he also knows he offers nothing, not even his heritage to Raina. Complicating their pursuit, the rogue pack leader knows the officer is his mate.
The third Sons of Midnight Cascade Vampire Clan romantic urban fantasy (see The Truth About Vampires and The vampire Who Loved Me) is a fresh tale with terrific twists including what the hero is. The storyline is fast-paced from the onset as the rogues prove to have unique power that places Slade and the other vampire security members in peril for their lives and Raina as the intended soul mate of the evil Bracken. Theresa Meyers provides a great thriller.
Slade Donovan has only been a vampire for about a decade but is one of the best Shyeld's (vampire guards) that the Cascade clan has. Though Slade's specialty is explosives, he's the best tracker they have as well.
Raina Ravenwing is a game warden who has been investigating the disappearance of a teenage boy from her tribe. It's been reported that he was taken by wolves. Raina is in need of Slade's help in order to locate one of the unusually large wolves that have been spotted in the area so that she can tag it and track it.
Slade's commander, Achilles, orders him to help Raina with her mission to locate the wolves. Although he's reluctant (he dislikes cops), Slade won't go against orders. Slade has been dealing with what the clan doctor has termed 'moon sickness', but while he's out tracking the wolves with Raina, he experiences the worst case of moon sickness that's he's ever had. He just doesn't understand what's happening to him, and it's only getting worse.
With the time that he spent with Raina tracking the wolves, Slade not only learns more about Raina, but he learns about his past, a past that he could remember nothing of. Slade learns that he has the Were virus in his blood, which means that although he is now a full-blood vampire, he could transition into a wolf at any time, thus the term 'half-breed' vampire. The only problem is, Slade is afraid of what would happen if that occurs. He's sure that the vampire clan would no longer want him around (he'd be a security risk), and the Were clan wouldn't accept him either. As for Raina, she's her tribe's Wolf Whisperer, the one who connects her tribe with the spirits of their ancestors.
Okay, let me just start out by saying that I did enjoy the story! I liked Theresa's take on vampires and their abilities. I've read other vampire stories where the vampires could transport themselves wherever they needed to go. Well, Theresa's vampires can do the same though maybe in a slightly different way. Plus, they can manifest whatever they need as if by magic, they can turn invisible, and they can be outside during the day, though they don't like to be.
The relationship that developed between Raina and Slade was sweet. She has a thing for bad boys and tries very hard not to think about Slade in any other way than a professional manner. Slade, as I mentioned, he doesn't like cops, and he also tries his best to stay professional when it comes to Raina. Of course, it doesn't work for either of them. :) And as romances are my favorites, I do enjoy a good love scene, but the main love scene in this was kind of disappointing. It was over far too quickly.
Now, although I did like the story, I must admit that I do have some issues with it. In the beginning when Slade takes Raina out to track the wolves, he keeps reminding himself that humans may be aware of vampires now, but they are not aware that Weres exist. So when Slade talks with Raina about the wolves, he intentionally keeps that little tidbit to himself. However, at one point, he says to Raina: "Most shifters don't come out until dusk." I believe that may have been a mistake because once Slade says that to her, she didn't question his use of the word "shifter'. Something else that confused me was that when Slade does eventually tell Raina about Weres, she actually thinks he's kidding and doesn't believe him. Yet, after they return to the clan complex, Raina tells Slade that her and Achilles believe that Slade is part Were. Unless I missed something here, that didn't make sense to me. Raina didn't know anything about Weres, and suddenly she's telling Slade that her and Achilles believe that Slade is part Were. I even read the book twice which is when this part actually caught my attention. So yeah, I felt there were some inconsistencies within the story plus some spelling and grammatical errors.
As I've already stated, I did enjoy the overall story! And I am interested in reading more of Theresa Meyers' work.
**Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.**
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