Blood Legacy by Marianne Morea
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An intense and thrilling vampire epic:
This is an incredibly detailed and fast-paced paranormal story that had me hooked from the first page and rushing through the story to see what came next.
Carlos was unwillingly turned three centuries ago, since which time he has fought determinedly to resist his vampiric dark side, and fight for justice no matter what it costs. Trina is an unknowing ‘sensitive’ who can see more of the vampire world than she understands… or wants to see. At its heart, this is a simple love story; yet underpinning that kernel of romance is a vast story of confusing attractions and history, which elements combine to make a high-tension suspense plot.
Carlos and Trina are inexplicably attracted to one other: the ancient vampire with incredible powers, and the innocent waitress with as yet undiscovered abilities. The story spans three hundred years, has some beautifully detailed insights to Spanish culture, touches on the Spanish Inquisition, and – above all – twists and turns in a way that every clue dropped throughout the story is a riddle to a surprising turn of events.
The story is richly detailed, deliciously violent without crossing into gratuitous, with excellent prose quality and vivid detail. Both the sex and romance are described in a tasteful way, with no indulgences permitted. This book also rids itself of vampire clichés, and highlights the somewhat unusual routines of a vampire.
The conclusion is not, in any way, as inevitable as you might expect in any romance story. Edge-of-the-seat suspense. Recommended.
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