This was the first one I read because I'm a sucker for hot vampire romance. And the characters in this book grabbed my attention from the start. This is a fun read! Carina, the heroine, is independent to a fault, and snarky as only the young, gorgeous and wealthy can be. Her memory was blocked by some of her relatives years ago, because by being born, she's the embodiment of a prophecy that the vampire world has been waiting on for a very long time. Some of her relatives are vampires. She remembers them, once her memories are reinstated after she turns 25, as loving, wonderful people to her when she was a child.
But now she has to grow up very quickly--luckily she has a retinue of friends who surround her, and who, fortunately, bring their own paranormal gifts to her table. Because her relatives are not very forthcoming about the paranormal politics she's in the middle of, to her peril. They try to protect her, but by not telling her what she should fear, she often stumbles into danger. Luckily she's fallen hard for a "youngling"--a new-ish vampire who is drop-dead (LOL) sexy, and who craves her as much as she craves him. They don't get to do more than have some steamy make-out sessions in this book, but the heat is definitely on when they're in the room together!
Since I've been burned by trilogies where the second book is just a place-keeper for the third, and having limited funds (see unemployed, above) I only bought the third book.
So what's my advice to authors? Recently I was complaining to my daughter about running a special where the first book in my 4 book Minnesota Romances series was free, with the rest of them discounted--yet none of the other ones were being purchased--while the free one was downloaded quite a few times.
She asked, "How much did you pay for the first book in this vampire series that you've been raving to me about?"
"When did you get it?"
"I don't know--many years ago--it was published in 2013."
"And you just read it this year, right? What did you do right after you finished it?"
"Um--I went on-line to find out if the other books had been written--then I paid full-price for the third one, which was just published in 2019."
"I rest my case, Mom. Free books work--maybe not as quickly as you want them to, but they do."
So there's my advice. It still seems counter-intuitive to me. But from the mouth of babes, her advice does make sense--and ironically, it's me who proved it, not her.
What books, short stories, on-line articles or blog posts they've read, will other authors be recommending? Hop along and see!
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