Annalice, a single mother and physician, is ready to immerse herself in the mundane chores of her farm as a diversion from her hectic professional life. But she becomes the victim of a home invasion, the supernatural kind. Vindictive and cruel, Asa, a century old vampire, takes brutal control of her life and home.
Forcing her to strike a bargain in exchange for her daughter’s life, Annalice must not only accept his presence but also bow to his depravity. Facing threats to her only child, she relies on her skills as a physician to unravel the clues to the vampire’s existence, attempting to beat him at his own game.
Caught in a race against a genetic timeline, Annalice struggles to survive the Blood Reaction.
I’m not into vampires or books about them; however, this one drew me in. I thought it was unique, the circumstances, that a vampire would be lonely and crave human contact for a short time before killing his victim. Asa traps Annalice in her home with the threat of killing her daughter, if she didn’t obey his every whim. He infects her with bites, so that she desires him. There are some sexy scenes! However, she knows that she doesn’t really desire him consciously.
This is a Stockholm Syndrome with a twist. It’s a cat-and-mouse game with a human and a vampire, a woman and a man. Will she be able to use her knowledge (his is a bit outdated after being alive so long and isolated from the rest of the world) to outwit him? Is there a way that she can win?
I found myself rooting for her against the odds. He is stronger, faster, and can read her thoughts. She is isolated as he has killed her dog and her only neighbor. The events unfold, and I found myself getting a bit fond of him, briefly forgetting that he’s a monster. Mainly I wanted her to somehow find her way out of this impossible and dire situation. She was undergoing some changes during the process that I thought increased the element of suspense to the story. Then there is the climactic scene… Different from what I expected, yet satisfying.
I bought this as part of a 2-for-1 deal advertised on Fabulosity Reads blog. I’m glad I did. I noticed that on the author’s Amazon page, she wrote that she’s working on a sequel to this. I’d be interested in finding out about that.
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1wBfE2q
FOR THE SAKE OF REVENGE
How far was Tamara willing to go for the sake of revenge? And who would pay the price? She didn’t know as she tipped the bottle of vampire blood up to her lips but she was about to find out.
Stepping off the ferry in Sitka, Alaska was bittersweet for Tamara Semenov. A decade earlier she had abandoned her mother and high school sweetheart, Peter, to marry a man she hardly knew only to find herself in an abusive relationship. Now ten years later, she had escaped with her life but at what cost. Her mother was dead.
Although the police had ruled her mother’s death an accident, Tamara was convinced her estranged husband was to blame and to make matters worse, she knows she is his next target.
While putting her mother’s affairs in order, Tamara finds the blood of a vampire named Adrik, who as a human was falsely accused of raping a wealthy Russian heiress and excommunicated from the Church. For the sake of revenge, he willing condemned himself to vampirism.
Learning that the blood could tie the living to the undead, Tamara seeks out a connection with the long buried vampire in hopes of striking a deal, his freedom for her revenge. Will he be the edge she needs to out maneuver her estranged husband or will she become entangled in a two century old web of revenge?
This wasn’t one that I liked so I am not going to review it. I was uncomfortable with the storyline and Adrik, but by the end, I lost respect for Tamara. The ending didn’t work for me.
I did appreciate what the author was showing about revenge, the price that is paid, and about forgiveness.
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1tXkFX1
About D.L. Atha
DL Atha, having the good fortune to have been raised in rural western Arkansas, resides there still with her husband and three children where together they enjoy the farm life.
She earned her MD in 1999, and currently enjoys the practice of hospital medicine and wound care which she performs full time in a nearby town.
She is currently working on the sequel to Blood Reaction.
For the Sake of Revenge was her first venture into non-medical fiction.
A few of her favorite things are chocolate, anything old but especially old houses, gardening, and horses.
Her least favorite things are getting up early, anything that happens before nine a.m. and constricting clothing.