Series: Blood Hunters #1
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Mihaela, a fearless vampire hunter secretly haunted by loneliness and childhood tragedy, finds it difficult to adjust to the new world order where vampires are not always the bad guys. She's taking a much needed vacation in Scotland when she sees a little boy being chased through the streets of Edinburgh. Rescuing him brings bigger problems - two vampires from her past: Gavril, who killed her family; and the reclusive and troubled Maximilian, gifted Renaissance artist and one-time overlord of the most powerful undead community in the world. Maximilian once saved her life and now needs that favor returned.
The earth moves for Mihaela in more ways than one. From Scotland to Budapest and Malta, she races against time to prevent a disastrous, vampire-induced earthquake and save an innocent yet powerful child – all while fighting a dreadful attraction to Maximilian, her only ally, whom she can’t afford to trust. For Maximilian, the hunter becomes a symbol of renewed existence, as he struggles to accept his past and rediscovers his appetite for blood and sex - and maybe even happiness.
So this book is the opening book to a trilogy that from what I gathered is connected to another series, and as always, full disclosure, I have not read the other series. If you have read the other series and are reading this review, I might be missing out on some of the background information you have, but this book definitely stands on its own without reading the other series.
It’s been a while since I have read a vampire book, they were really my first love when I got into the urban fantasy genre, so it was nice to kind of get back to it. This particular vampire book focuses mainly on Miheala, who is a vampire hunter, which can definitely make things tricky when you start getting involved with vampires. I liked Miheala, she was definitely a character who was a bit more on the damaged side than most, but in spite of having a past, she is strong in the sense that she moves towards her goals and doesn’t back down. I always enjoy a character that is a bit on the tortured side.
As for Max, well he is kind of like Miheala in some ways. He too has the whole tortured soul (or non-soul) thing going on. And when Miheala and Max come together because of a third party, the definitely have some kind of attraction going on. I think what made this pairing work, at least in this book was that there was a lot of fighting the attraction. The two of them are on opposite sides of a very defined line, so there is a lot of build up between them by the end of the book. I have always kind of thought that the more build up you have towards a couple, the more explosive it ends up being int the end, so this whole dynamic really worked for me.
I would say what didn’t work for me was that the story line felt a little generic, or maybe the characters just felt like characters I had seen before. There were a lot of interesting little elements in the book, but overall the theme has been widely explored in the urban fantasy genre, and I didn’t feel like I got any real “new” or “fresh” take on the subject.
That being said, the book was still an enjoyable read, so if you like urban fantasy book, and especially if you like the forbidden vampire story line, then this book could definitely be one for you.