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Second Nature (Blood At First Sight) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 8, 2014
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The story is told expertly through alternating viewpoints so well that I was never confused about whose head we were in. Alec is a vampire, he lost his life from a sloppy vampire who changed him unknowingly on a battle field during the Civil War. So Alex was on his own, without a sire, to show him the ropes on how to be a proper vampire. This turns out well for Alec in the long run. He has made a good life, or unlife, for himself and has been quite successful. He doesn't kill when he feeds, he erases his victim's memory of the event and sends them on their way.
When Alec spots Desiree at the annual Jazz and Blues Festival he is mesmerized by her. Not only does she attract the vampire in him, she also attracts the man himself. There is an attraction between Desiree and Alec that neither one of them can deny, no matter how hard Desiree tries to deny it. There is also a bond that neither one of them can explain. Desiree has some kind of psychic connection that Alec has never experienced before with anyone else. This makes the story unique for me. The emotional turmoil that each character experiences is something I appreciated and it drew me into the story. I cared what happened to both of them.
There are a couple of plot twists that kept the story engaging. One I felt was coming, it needed to happen, it was tense and hard to read. However, I am glad it concluded the way that it did. Even though this is book one of a series, there is no cliffhanger. That made me happy. I look forward to more from Desiree and Alec, this story could go so many directions. Great job, Ms. Lavender.
FYI: This book has sexually explicit scenes that may be unsuitable for some readers.
Format/Typo Issues: I found a small number of errors.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** May 30, 2015
Despite their obvious species difference, vampire and human, Alec and Desiree are drawn to each other. There's just something about Desiree Edwards that drives Alec mad....in the good sort of way. Her blood calls to him, her scent drives him wild. Why does this human affect him so? He must find out more about this woman. In a moment of weakness, Alec takes Desiree's blood without her consent and gets more than he bargained for.
Desiree has always felt like an outsider looking in. With a failed marriage in the not so distant past, she has committed herself to her work. However, when Alec abducts her, she finds out that she is more than ready to move on...she's just not so sure she can accept it.
Marie Lavender is quite skilled at utilizing all the tools available for a hot adult romance- good plot, great characters...ahem...steamy sex scenes! This first installment is a great foundation for more stories to come. Though we learn a lot about our two main characters, Ms. Lavender leaves us with opportunities to learn so much more. The characters have good dialogue and their personalities go well together. The writing is solid. The pace is great. There is never a lull in the story.
I look forward to future books in this series.
Hot Vampire? Check
Love at first sight? Check
Hot Lovin? Check
Love with a stranger fantasy? check
Ok...so yeah this book has a bit of something for the dark romantic in all of us. I tore through this book in two days, and I really enjoyed the read. You are thrown into the book in the first chapter and its a take-no-prisoners romance that leaves you fanning yourself and turning the page for more.
Marie Lavender is an award winning author, and has published some 20 titles. This one is great, I really liked it and I think you will too. It's the start of a series. And no cliffhangers here, everything in this one was tied up in a neat little bow so you won't be left hanging at the end of this book.
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