A little over a year ago,
May 2012, I brought you my review of A BLOOD SEDUCTION, book one in the Vamp
City series by the extraordinary Pamela Palmer. That story left me shaking in
the dark, yet yearning for more from Quinn Lennox and Arturo Mazza and the intensity
of life in Washington, V. C. - Vamp City. Well, tomorrow comes the release of
book two, A KISS OF BLOOD, and it was well worth the wait.
***eARC provided by
publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Blurb for A KISS OF BLOOD:
Only one woman can save
vamp city . . .
One of the few humans who managed to escape the deadly
twilight world of Vamp City, Quinn Lennox vows never to return. But the
vampires want her back, for only she has the power to renew the magic of their
crumbling world and free the vampires trapped within.
When the dangerous and all-too-seductive Arturo Mazza comes
for her, Quinn knows she can never trust him after the betrayal she suffered at
his hands. But with her beloved brother's fate hanging in the balance, and her
own power beginning to emerge, she chooses to risk all on yet another perilous
journey back to Vamp City. And though she tries to deny it, her heart begins to
hold hope that even a ruthless vampire can learn the meaning of true love . . .
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As we learned in the
first book, Quinn Lennox – a human from the outside world, Washington, D.C. –
is most certainly the only person who can restore the magic that allows Vamp
City to exist. If she is incapable of restoring the magic, Vamp City will crumble,
fall, and cease to exist, killing all inhabitants within its magic bubble. Quinn
doesn’t care one way or the other whether the magic fails having experienced
the evil contained within, but now her brother, Zack, is ill and restoring the
magic may be the only way to save him.
When Traders track her
to her apartment, she discovers that Arturo, having told her he’d set her free,
had in fact lied to her once again. Her friendly neighbor is not a quiet writer
but instead a vampire sent to spy on her and according to Arturo, protect her.
Quinn doesn’t need or want Arturo’s or Micah’s protection. But if they are the
only ones who can help cure Zack, then once more she has to venture into the
hell that is Vamp City and once more put her trust in Arturo Mazza – the
vampire who lied, betrayed, and relinquished her to the monster who is
Arturo missed Quinn. He checked in on her as often as possible to make sure she
was safe, but he missed her all the same. He understands her feelings of betrayal and worries
he’ll never gain her trust back. She’s deep in his thoughts, and her humanity
has cracked the cold, hard shell that had developed around his heart. He
promises that he will never allow Cristoff or anyone to harm her again, but will
she trust him?
Quinn travels back into
Vamp City in A KISS OF BLOOD. The
reasons for her return are selfish on her part. She is desperate to save her
brother, find Lily and return her to the human world, and learn the secret to
her power - her ever-growing power. Her return sparks more than the discovery
of new powers she hadn’t any idea of possessing, it sparks feelings she never
thought she’d have towards anyone in Vamp City – not even Arturo.
A KISS OF BLOOD by
Pamela Palmer is intense and fraught with dark images, danger lurking at every
turn of the page, and moments when we’re pushed to the edge of our
imaginations. But then again, we’re also given a look at a side of the Vamp
City inhabitants that lends us to believe that there is good in anyone if it is
just allowed to be unleashed. This sequel to the intensely dark, A BLOOD
SEDUCTION, shows us a somewhat kinder, more caring side of Vamp City and one
that shows redemption is possible. Pamela conjures forth characters of all
means paranormal that we come to care about and hope to see more of in the rest
of the series. I think I’m quite in love with Micah and if I weren’t already
eager for Arturo and Quinn to admit their love for each other, I’d be wanting
Quinn to be with Micah. We’re left with a cliffhanger and more questions that
need answering, but eager for the next in this astonishing and creative series.
I highly recommend, A
KISS OF BLOOD, book two in the Vamp City series by Pamela Palmer to anyone who
read the first book, A BLOOD SEDUCTION – that is a must. I also recommend both
books in this amazing paranormal series to anyone who has yet to experience the
dark and terrifying world of Vamp City. This incredible series drives our
imaginations to the dark places of our minds that we never knew existed, and
hope desperately, that they actually don’t.
A KISS OF BLOOD, a Vamp
City novel by Pamela Palmer, Avon Romance, release date – June 25, 2013 in
print and ebook formats.
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