Published: 28th August 2014
Author: Jordan K. Rose
Raging Fire Kills Co-Founder, Daughter.
Panthera Laboratories in Ruin.
~ Central City Gazette, 1994
Reade Hayes knows better than any vampire that nothing good ever comes out of Central City. So he isn’t surprised the beautiful blonde he meets in a dive bar is crazy. What does surprise him is how fast she moves, how hard she hits, and the fact she’s wearing a ring he last saw two decades ago on the hand of his dead friend.
Is it possible the little girl he swore a blood pact to protect didn’t die in the fire? If the beauty sitting beside him is that pretty little baby, where has she been for twenty years? And why is she so lethal?
On hindsight Lawrie Tyrone realizes drinking vampire blood might not have been the smartest decision. But scientists experiment and if she is going to prove her father was not a traitor, she has to take risks. So far she’s experienced no alarming side effects, well, none other than being able to recognize vampires walking among humans.
From the power he exudes to his gorgeous dark eyes everything about the man to her right screams danger. Every logical thought tells her to kill him. But something in his eyes stops her. Is he using his vampire powers to influence her, or is something else making her heart ache for him?
Can love thrive in the ruins of Central City?
Blood pack drawing them together without even knowing it. Crazy things can happen in dingy bars after a fruity cocktail or two.
Meeting in a dingy bar to discuss a recon mission takes an interesting turn for Reade after Garrison is late leaving him there alone. Well, not quite, aside from the barman, there is a woman who seems to like nothing more than to drink and mutter to herself. Feeling taken advantage of and unappreciated her whole life she has had enough of people thinking little of her and laughing at her. Reade is the final straw and with one smirk a broken nose soon follows. Not a one trick pony either as things soon escalate with Reade on the short end of her temper. Her speed and force something to confuse but once her name is said all things stop. What they were looking for has fallen into their laps.
Connection to protect after figuring out who she is might be high but Reade, and Garrison really when he shows up, need to work on their communication/cocky attitude skills before making Lawrie angry. One woman not known for anger or violence seems to have a knack for it when laughed at or made to feel insignificant. Might have something to do with what she drank that night, and I don’t mean the cocktails. Felt a bit like a comedy sketch with each guy being taken unaware and hurt by this firecracker with a short fuse. They need her safe and away from danger. Will she trust these vampires with her life or go back to the only place she has ever known?
Not that much happens to flush out the story but more of a starting off point to the world and the darker deeds that might follow with Panthera, the Guard, and how things link with Lawrie. Interesting characters that give you a glimpse into their worlds but feel it could have been longer. Once they are out of the bar it’s almost done. Ending was a bit flat. Seems this was more a book to set up the story for the series with introducing all the characters. Needed a bit more but then the main two in this one might pop up in rest of series as running characters throughout. Not bad for a free kindle read.
3 out of 5 stars