The Dark Vampire (Last True Vampire Series #3)

The Dark Vampire (Last True Vampire Series #3)

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by Kate Baxter
     
 

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PASSION RULES IN DARKNESS.

Jenner is a newly turned vampire who stalks the night like a wild beast of prey, hunting and feeding his appetites with a string of willing women…and always wanting more. Nothing can satisfy the aching hunger that burns inside him—until he crosses paths with a beautiful, innocent vampire who sets his soul on

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PASSION RULES IN DARKNESS.

Jenner is a newly turned vampire who stalks the night like a wild beast of prey, hunting and feeding his appetites with a string of willing women…and always wanting more. Nothing can satisfy the aching hunger that burns inside him—until he crosses paths with a beautiful, innocent vampire who sets his soul on fire.

Bria has never been able to escape the confines of her uncle’s home. But when the smolderingly sexy Jenner saves her—and promises to be her bodyguard—Bria is brought to a dark world of dangerous, insatiable desire. But once they feed upon each other, they expose themselves to an evil that they never saw coming…and now there’s no turning back. Will they divide and conquer—or stay together and lose it all to lust?

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"Baxter continues to breathe new life into the vampire romance genre." - RT Book Reviews on The Dark Vampire

A surprisingly tender, emotional romance that still packs tons of action, adventure and intrigue. - RT Book Reviews on The Warrior Vampire

A romance rich with passion, intense emotion and the sweet promise of immortal love. - RT Book Reviews on The Last True Vampire

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250053770
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/03/2016
Series:
Last True Vampire Series , #3
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
127,609
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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The Dark Vampire


By Kate Baxter

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2016 Kate Baxter
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-5648-6


CHAPTER 1

"Jenner ... you're insatiable."

Wasn't that the fucking truth.

He sealed the punctures in the female's throat. A slow sigh slipped from between her parted lips as he rolled her limp body off of his chest and onto the mattress beside him. He hadn't even bothered to get her name, but she sure as hell knew his. Came with the territory when you were one of only a few vampires in a sea of hopeful dhampirs.

Was it so bad that he'd used her body and taken her vein? As a dhampir, she nourished herself from his life force. Whether intentionally or not, she'd used him as well. Besides, he'd made sure she'd gotten off. A few times. He doubted she'd be complaining anytime soon. Hell, he doubted she'd be doing much of anything for a good, long while. Over the course of the night he'd exhausted her body and nearly drained it of blood. In hindsight, he should have gone easier on her, but there wasn't a whole hell of a lot he could do about that now.

Jenner pushed himself up and swung his legs over the side of the bed as he cradled his head in his palms. The female reached out for him, her arm flopping onto the mattress beside him, hand groping lazily.

"Don't leave...." The words were barely coherent. "Spend the day with me."

The day? Jesus. The thought of being trapped there with her past sunrise caused Jenner to break out into a cold sweat. He wasn't a stay-over sort of male. And he didn't want to give her the impression that what had happened between them was anything more than what it had been. Did that make him a heartless son of a bitch? Probably. He was already soulless. He couldn't feel regret over his recent whoring ways if he'd wanted to. He fucked. Fed. Survived. There was little else to his existence at this point.

"Gotta jet, honey." What the fuck was her name, anyway? He really needed to start nailing that shit down from the get-go. "Mikhail has strict rules about being away from home base once the sun's up."

That wasn't entirely true, but she didn't need to know that. Security had certainly become the king's priority over the past few months. Especially with Gregor — the berserker warlord hell-bent on the vampire race's destruction — still unaccounted for and Mikhail's mate, Claire, at the end of her pregnancy. So yeah, he wanted Jenner close, but it's not like he had a curfew or some shit.

"Mmmmm. You wiped me out, baby."

At least, that's what Jenner thought she said. With her muffled words she could have muttered anything. He glanced over his shoulder at her, all naked willowy limbs and bronze skin. Well, it'd been bronze when they'd started their play earlier in the night. Now her complexion bore an ashen pallor as a result of the amount of blood he'd taken from her. Gods-damn it. Jenner let out a gust of breath. Leaving her weak and helpless would be a class-A dick move. Feeding her from his vein would help to replenish her strength, and he hadn't drained her to the point that doing so would trigger her transition. He really would have his ass in a sling if that happened. Mikhail had some very strict — not to mention archaic — rules about which dhampirs would be turned. Jenner snorted. By trying to keep the growth of their race under control, his king had inadvertently resurrected a classist system that was sure to enrage more than a few dhampirs. Not to mention rally others to Siobhan's cause.

Siobhan. Fuck. He'd assured Mikhail that he'd drop in on the female before sunup. In his haste to fuck and feed from the female currently lounging beside him, he'd forgotten all about Siobhan. Time to GTFO.

Jenner leaned back on the bed and scored his wrist with his fangs. He brought his arm to the female's mouth and her eyes drifted dreamily from his face to the four droplets of blood that formed on his wrist. A lazy smile settled on her lips before she sealed her mouth over the punctures and began to suck. Jenner's cock stirred, and for a moment he considered doing as she'd asked and staying right there for the duration of the day. She moaned against his flesh and a shiver raced down his spine and settled in his balls.

Damn.

"Gotta go, sweetheart." As much as he wanted to bury his cock in her one more time, he had things to do and pissing off Mikhail wasn't on the list.

Her tongue passed over the punctures — gods, it felt good — and she pulled away with a sensual moan. "Your blood is like a drug, Jenner. Just a sip and I'm wired."

He wished he knew what that felt like. His own addiction to blood and sex had been reduced to a base need that found no satiation or satisfaction. The thirst was an unquenchable fire in his throat, his body ached for release, and it didn't matter how much he drank or fucked. The desperate need never went away.

He was empty. Soulless. And nothing he did served to make Jenner feel full.

"Get some sleep."

Her bottom lip protruded in a pout. "Isn't there anything I can do to convince you to stay?"

His eyes wandered down the length of her naked body, pausing at the swell of her breasts. Jenner swallowed down a groan and reached for his jeans. "Short of an order from my king, no." He leaned down and placed a quick kiss on her cheek. "I'll see you around."

"Don't be a stranger, baby," she purred after he finished dressing and headed for the door.

Jenner paused, his hand on the knob. Stranger. She had it spot-on. He didn't have a fucking clue who he was anymore. He made his way through the tiny apartment, closed the door behind him, and stepped out into the cool spring night. With a long, exhausted breath, he straddled his bike and reached for the handlebars when his cell rang. He fished it out of his pocket and answered, "I'm on my way to Siobhan's now. Tell Mikhail to hold his horses."

"That can wait." Ronan's tone was all business tonight. "Meet me at my office first."

"I'll be there in ten minutes." Luckily, he was close to downtown.

"Good." Ronan disconnected the call without another word.

Great. Looked like it was going to be a long night. Jenner took another deep breath and stretched his neck from side to side. He'd been reckless tonight. Taken too much of the female's blood and let his control slip too far. A single thought resonated in his mind and he shuddered: Monster.

* * *

Jenner walked into Ronan's office, half-expecting to see Mikhail there as well, intervention-style. Only Ronan knew the truth of Jenner's worries, and the male would be stupid not to share in them. The past several months of his transition had only served to prove that Jenner was everything he'd ever feared he would become. For weeks, he'd been expecting the hammer to drop. For Ronan to confront him or for Mikhail to pronounce his death sentence. He wanted to feel relieved for yet another stay of execution, but as Jenner took note of the dhampir male sitting opposite Ronan a strange tingle of anticipation raced down his spine. The male gave Jenner a sidelong look and barely concealed the curl of his lip as he regarded him. Awesome.

"Now that we're all here," Ronan said in the down-to-business tone that made him the consummate professional, "why don't we get down to brass tacks. Jenner, this is Thomas Fairchild."

A coven master. Fucking great. That's all Jenner needed. Some aristocratic asshole looking down his nose at him. Jenner opted to skip the formalities and gave the male a slight nod. Fairchild didn't seem to notice — or care — as he straightened in his seat and adjusted the sleeves of his suit jacket. Straightlaced. Stuck-up. Obviously rich. And probably as classist as they came. Fairchild's coven resided on the outskirts of Los Angeles and its members were secretive and reclusive. No one knew much about them. As far as the thirteen covens were concerned, Fairchild's lot were outcasts. Some thought them zealots or separatists like Siobhan's coven.

"As I told you on the phone, I've heard that you're a male who solves problems," Fairchild began in an equally crisp and haughty tone. "I have a problem. I assume that in your current condition, you can help me."

"Current condition?" Ronan cut Jenner a look as he smiled wide enough to showcase his dual sets of fangs. Jenner swallowed down his amusement and folded his arms across his wide chest as he waited for Ronan to bring on the charm. "Are you uncomfortable with the term 'vampire,' Mr. Fairchild?"

The male cleared his throat nervously and Jenner's mouth quirked at the corner. The scent of Fairchild's anxiety and fear perfumed the air. It shouldn't have pleased Jenner so much to see the aristocratic male in distress, but he couldn't help himself.

"My niece," Fairchild continued without responding. "She's in need of protection."

Again, Ronan glanced Jenner's way, his brow cocked curiously. "From what?"

"A witch," Fairchild replied.

A palpable wave of concern wafted from Ronan. His mate, Naya, was a witch. He scooted to the edge of his seat as he leaned farther over the desk. "I'm afraid you're going to have to be more specific."

Fairchild cast another glance Jenner's way as though he couldn't be trusted to hear the delicate details. Please. Jenner had been forced to suffer the prejudices of assholes like Fairchild his entire life. That he had to suffer them now — in his own place of employment — dug into his skin like a tick.

"You see that big, scary-looking vampire right there?" Ronan apparently sensed Fairchild's distaste as well. "He's the one who's going to be protecting your niece. So I suggest whatever issues you have with him you get over. Quickly. Otherwise, you can take yourself out the way you came."

Jenner appreciated the solidarity, but he suspected that Fairchild saw what Jenner saw every time he looked in the mirror: a creature that should have been put down a long damned time ago.

Fairchild gave an almost indiscernible nod. "A dark witch has been searching for my niece for centuries. I've kept her hidden — protected," he amended. "But she's headstrong and no longer content to accept that she must exercise caution at all times. I suspect that she's been exercising her freedom, sneaking out of the compound at night. She's quite resourceful, you see. I need someone who can track her. Watch over her and keep her safe."

"So you want us to follow her around without her knowledge?" Ronan asked. "Provide personal security when she's out and nothing else?"

"Not exactly," Fairchild said. "I also want you to find the witch. And kill her."

"For what reason is she hunting your niece?" Ronan asked, his eyes narrowed with suspicion.

"Reasons that I don't care to share," Fairchild remarked in his insufferably stuffy tone. "Surely someone in your line of work can appreciate discretion. All you need to know is that my niece is in danger. I want that danger eliminated if possible."

"How do you expect us to do that?" Ronan said.

"If I knew how," Fairchild remarked, "I wouldn't have come to you for help, would I?"

"We can offer her protection," Ronan said. "But until I have more details about this witch I can't help you with finding her or killing her."

Fairchild gave a thoughtful nod. "Trust has to be earned, I suppose. We'll start our relationship with protection only. If I deem you trustworthy, I'll explain more of the situation and we can move forward from there."

"Fine," Ronan replied.

Jenner swallowed down a derisive snort. Males like Fairchild were all the same. Stuck-up, self-righteous, covetous sons of bitches. Like he didn't have enough on his plate, now Jenner was going to have to babysit some prim and snotty female who had more money than sense. She probably crawled out of her window at night and headed straight for the club district. He'd rather fall on a slayer's stake.

"We'll work out the details, and Jenner can start Monday."

"Why Monday?" Fairchild's tone hitched with annoyance. "That's three days away."

"Because Jenner has other responsibilities," Ronan stressed. "Monday. Or nothing."

"Very well." The male reached in his jacket pocket and pulled out a checkbook.

Jenner didn't need to be here for this part. He knew how his time would be spent after this week. Gods. As though his existence weren't tortured enough. "You need me for anything else?" Jenner asked. "Otherwise, I can take care of that other bit of business we have."

Ronan's brow puckered as though he'd forgotten all about Siobhan. The lightbulb came on and his mouth puckered. "Yeah. Might as well get that out of the way, too."

The idea of dealing with the female was as unsavory to Ronan as it was Jenner. She was a raging pain in the ass. One who had to be dealt with whether they wanted to or not. Would this night ever end? For once, Jenner couldn't wait for the sun to rise.

* * *

"You look like shit, Jenner." Siobhan never was one to mince words. The female's tongue was as sharp as a well-honed blade. Jenner couldn't disagree, though. It had been one bitch of a long night. "I can't imagine that your king appreciates how much time you've dedicated to whoring your way from one end of the city to the other."

Her disdainful tone didn't go unnoticed. There was no love lost between the self-proclaimed dhampir queen and his king. If it was possible, she'd gotten even nastier since the race's resurrection. No doubt she was attempting to bait Jenner with her insults, but he wasn't biting.

"Have you managed to find out why the werewolf is so interested in you?"

For months a rogue werewolf had been tracking Siobhan's every move. Jenner suspected he was on the Sortiari payroll and that the guardians of Fate were using Siobhan as bait to coax Gregor into the open in much the same way Mikhail had been. Jenner had no idea what the female's history was with the berserker. All he'd been told was that it had been violent and bloody. He doubted the Sortiari knew any of the details, either. Where Mikhail had intimate knowledge of Siobhan's history, the Sortiari used seers to guide them in the right direction. Fucking fortune-tellers and fanatics. The Sortiari were nothing more than a pain in the ass.

"As if I'd tell your king anything."

She sat on her makeshift throne, legs tucked daintily beneath her. She painted a lovely image, prim and delicate. A convincing illusion, to be sure. There was nothing soft or helpless about her.

"What makes you think I'm not asking for myself?"

She answered with a derisive snort.

"Who is he, Siobhan?"

She deflected like a pro, "How much longer is Mikhail going to keep Chelle from me?"

"Mikhail isn't keeping anyone from you."

"Careful, Jenner. I can smell the lies on your skin."

"I'm sure you like to think so."

She smirked.

The truth was, Chelle was being kept from everyone, not just Siobhan. Ronan's twin had been turned not by the bite and blood of a vampire, but through the power of a magical coffin that, according to legend, was the origin of the entire vampire race. Not even Ronan was convinced that his sister was harmless. Chelle was volatile. Her thirst still raged and her new vampiric existence was unnerving as hell. As was her disconnection from the Collective. She'd become secretive since her turning. No one but Chelle had any knowledge of the extent of her power, her physiology, or her abilities. Unleashing a variable like that on the world could be a dangerous thing indeed. Jenner knew that the only reason she'd allowed herself to be hidden away was because Ronan had asked her to cooperate. It wouldn't be long, though, before she tired of captivity and left Mikhail's guesthouse of her own volition.

Every vampire living shared in the collective memories of the race. Interconnected like a grove of aspen trees, their blood, their memories, were one. But Chelle appeared to be a species unto herself, an offshoot of the original line, and it served to reason that any dhampirs she changed would become as saplings to her bloodline. Not exactly something that Mikhail wanted to become common knowledge so early on in the race's infancy.

Especially when Siobhan possessed the very chest that had transformed Chelle.


(Continues...)

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Kate Baxter is a die-hard romantic with a thing for Shakespeare. She lives in the great northwest where she hides away to write about all things fanged, furry, and undead.

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The Dark Vampire (Last True Vampire Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
You will disappear into a whole different world in this series. The storylines are well written, the character interactions are great, the dangerous situations are heart pounding and those smoking hot HOT scenes are just ..... WHEW. Katie Baxter get to writing right now!!! Can't wait to see what happens next.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Terrific read. Please disregard the two previous nonsense reviews. Don't you just hate it when you try to refer to the 'stars' to make a decision about a book only to find out they were left by people who are just messing around..
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 'The Dark Vampire ' by Kate Baxter is book three in the "Last True Vampire" series. I have not read the other books yet so for me this was a standalone book. This book is about Jenner a Vampire and Bria. Jenner has issue from his past that make him what he is today...which seems to use women for sex and blood. Never getting enough of both it would seem. Bria is a sheltered girl whose farther was a Vampire but her mother was human. They were both killed and her Uncle has been keeping her sheltered as much as he can from the world. There is a witch that is after Bria and her Uncle has been protecting her by hiding Bria. Bria has been slipping out from her Uncles place and on one of these trips she is attracted. Her Uncle takes her to some Vampires that he has just hired to help protect his niece. The Uncle ask them to turn her so she won't 'die'. Once Bria is turned she stays with the Vampires group for a few days before meeting Jenner. Once she and Jenner meet they find that they are 'mates'. Jenner can't fight this but is upset that Bria is such a nice girl and that he is afraid of hurting or killing her. So Jenner Tires to keep his distance..but it is impossible. Please follow more reviews at the below sites: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1... http://sissymaereads.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/sally.mae.39... http://booklikes.com/ https://romancebookreviewforyou.wordp... https://www.facebook.com/groups/17091...
MBurton More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! I'm a sucker for a good vampire story and the best part is, this not only have vampires but also witches, shifters and a even fae. Jenner, the Hero, has my favorite characteristics. He's strong, fierce, cold and possessive. Bria, while having been shelter most of her life, has an innocence to her but she is also very strong and fierce. She was a great counterpart to Jenner. While I hated that the first half of the book Jenner kept Bria at arms length, once he let his guard down was also when the story really picked up. I have not read the first two books in the series, however, I loved all the characters and will definately go back and read them. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
BuckeyeAngel 10 months ago
Jenner is newly turned. His thirst is insatiable. He figures it’s only a matter of time before he’s put down. His next assignment is to guard a head Dhampire’s niece. After a three day blood and sex binge, she shows up at his king’s home, ready to begin his assignment. What he finds is someone he can’t hope to ever resist. This was a really good story. With the way it started, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, or at least not like Jenner. I decided to stick with it and I’m glad I did. The more the author dug into the story, the more I felt for Jenner and Bria. They were both victims of circumstance and you really just want them to be happy in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can’t wait for the next one from this author. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
BookReaderAnnie 11 months ago
I will admit in the last few years I've been off my vampires. I just haven't been feeling them. I've stuck with a few old favorites but other then that, I haven't read anyone new in a very long time. That is until I found Kate Baxter. I was sent a review copy of her The Last True Vampire and just feel in love with this series. I found it well written with likable characters and ton of humor. We all know how much I love humor in my books. I need it! For me each book has gotten better and better. I'm really invested in this world. I want to know what happens next the second I finish the book I'm reading. You couldn't ask for a better story then that! You get to know Jenner slightly in the prior book. It's enough to want to know more. I was really intrigued by him. He had a huge chip on his shoulder and I wanted to know why? Oh boy did I learn out why! When I started The Dark Vampire I found myself right away falling for Jenner. Yes, he has a past, but I wasn't sure if I believed it totally. Sometimes we blow up things and make them bigger then they are. When I learn what happened his Jenner's past I was like...well! But I didn't think that one act defined him. There is so much more to him and you learn that in this book. Now Bria is a different story. I wanted to like like her but she acted like what I hate so much in heroines. She has a attribute of...I can take care of myself and I don't need anyone's help! More then once she mentions being able to take care of herself. I got tired of hearing it. As the book moves she does grow up some but never enough for me. I didn't hate her as a character, just felt she was immature. I even got why. That's why I gave her such a long rope. As a whole I enjoyed The Dark Vampire very much and even with a few issues found it to be such a good story. Now I have to sit here and wait for the next book to be out...I wish I knew when!!!!
grandmareads102 12 months ago
Jenner has always been a loner. His lack of control made him and his family an outcast. He got a second chance when he was turned. Now he owes his loyalty to Mikhail. Now things change and his life gets more out of control when he is tethered to Bria Fairchild. She is his, but can he control himself? Dark Vampire is a story that pulled me in. Jenner is a fierce vampire who is fighting to be better. Bria is pure and innocent. He wants to protect her. She wants to be his equal not his prisoner. She has spent her life sheltered and locked away. Why won't he understand. As these two struggle to find common ground, Bria is the target for a dark witch's vengeance. The action and suspense are non-stop. The characters are well written and the setting is perfect. The glamour of Los Angeles is a nice contrast to the dark world of the Vampires. I enjoyed catching up with previous characters and seeing how they've fared. Kate Baxter has done an excellent job with multiple story lines. The plot is strong and filled with unexpected twists and turns. The ending leaves some unanswered questions so I'm anxious for the next book to see what happens. I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
What’s not to love about a dark, handsome, broody vampire? Whew he was something! This is the first time I have read this author and this is book three in the Last True Vampire series. You could read this as a standalone, as I was able to read it with very little question as to what was going on. I think I would have liked to have read the other two books prior, but it is not necessary, as each book deals with one particular couple. There is a good supporting cast of characters and good character development. There are good witches, dark magic performed by bad witches, shifters, faes, and forces trying to get rid of the paranormal beings. If you are a fan of J.R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood, which I am, then you will enjoy this book and I am sure the series. Bria was brought up being extremely sheltered for her own safety, but she craved the outside world and would sneak out to escape the confines of her coven, not knowing the dangers lurking. There is an uprising to eradicate the dhampir covens and Bria is near death and is brought to the Vampire King to be saved. Bria is turned from a dhampir to a vampire. This is where it really gets interesting!! Eric Jenner (goes by Jenner) is passionate in all things and the ultimate consumer of sex, blood, and danger. He does not trust himself because of unfortunate circumstances as a young dhampir dealing with bloodlust. He is made out to be out of control and he lives that role to the fullest. He is an enforcer for the King and upon his entrance to the Kings home, he is hit with bloodlust and the possessive “mine” feeling in his guts. He is immediately tethered to Bria as she is to him. They have a bond that is immediate and absolute. Jenner wants to consume Bria sexually and take blood from her vein, but he doesn’t trust himself with her, for he fears he will destroy her. Bria and Jenner have power struggles and growing pains as a couple. Their chemistry is off the charts! At times I was so angry at Jenner for not trusting his mate, but I could see it from his viewpoint as she was the love of his life and he needed to protect her at all costs. There are family dynamics involved, there is a bit of betrayal and lots of intrigue and secrets. Jenner grows to find his mate is just as much his equal and is stronger than he ever could have imagined. If you love a good love story, broody vampires and strong heroines then this is the book for you. ARC kindly provided by Netgalley for an honest review.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Centuries ago, the vampire race was almost destroyed. Now, salvation rests upon one - the last true vampire. For centuries, Jenner has been plagued by the shadows of his past. Now, a newly-turned vampire, he stalks the night like a wild predator, unable to satisfy his insatiable desires. Until a beautiful vampire sets his soul on fire... Bria is pure innocence, hidden her whole life from a merciless enemy determined to hunt her down. When things become perilous, safety comes in the form of a fearsome bodyguard - Jenner. One fateful night, Bria is saved by her vampire protector and a blazing connection is sparked. But surrendering to the powerful call of passion means breaking free from the shackles of their pasts. And with the war against the slayers more savage than ever, they must fight to survive. For the vampire race depends on it. Review: I really am bad about researching about books before I read them. This is book three in the series and though I was not too confused, I sure wish I would have found this series sooner! Now I need to go back and read the others. I love supernatural stories and this story sure fulfilled that love. It is a story about vampires, but I like that the author mixes in other supernatural beings. I was drawn in on page 1. Jenner is although, mysterious, broody and of course alpha male. He is also insecure and worried that he might hurt others then fate gives him a mate and things get really interesting. Bria, for her protection has been hidden away all of her life and then she is almost killed, made into a vampire and gets a mate. She is sheltered and innocent, but by no means a doormat and gives as good as she gets. Jenner and Bria with their opposites attract, were quite enjoyable to read. They both had their hands full and at times it made the story exciting, dramatic and sexy. I particularly liked the idea the author had about the tethering of the souls for mating vampires, I thought it was unique and gave the story an interesting twist on other vampire stories. I thought she did an excellent job creating a new vampire world/story. Now I have to find the time to go and read the other books in the series. 4Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - "A mated male is... Temperamental." Stars! I absolutely love this series, Kate Baxter brings another couple together through each book, whilst still running the bigger story concurrently. I must admit the space between books means it takes me a few chapters to refresh myself on the whole Sortiari situation, but it never takes long for me to get right back into the story. The Dark Vampire is Eric Jenner’s story, we have seen glimpses of him through the previous books although the author hasn’t given a huge amount about what makes this guy tick away, you are given the impression he is a vampire with only a few specific requirements. Bria Fairchild, has pretty much spent her life locked away behind the closed doors of her uncles compound, he believes it is for her protection, but little does he know that she spends her evenings sneaking around town in her own special way… Jenner is your typical gruff, growly alpha Vampire, so when Bria’s uncle brings her to Mikhail’s mansion with life ending injuries one evening, the last thing he expects is for their souls to tether to each other after she has been turned, as she is in essence the opposite of everything he is, and he believes himself completely unworthy of a woman so beguiling and pure. Her presence was the calming warmth to his cold cruelty. Her touch a gentle balm to his abrasive violence. Except she isn’t as innocent as he initially assumed, and what ensues is a battle of wills, hormones and pretty much everything in-between for them. "You blood is like a drug… Just a sip and I’m wired." Bria wants him, but he is not sure he can hold onto his control well enough to be the gentle and caring lover he thinks she needs. "I know you want me… Why don’t you do something about it." I absolutely devoured this book, the push and pull between this pair that plays out around the bigger story going on made it totally unputdownable. Both vulnerable in their own ways, Jenner believes he is doing the best for his mate when he tries to keep her away from the action and out of his bed, when in essence he is doing the same to her, as her uncle has done for the previous ten years. "Today is the first day of my existence." Reading her fighting her way through and out of that over-protective shell that both men try to keep around her was really enjoyable. The Last True Vampire series has got plenty of life left in it yet, lots of questions still remain unanswered in the main theme of the story, and with a plethora of secondary characters including Chelle, Siobhan and Lucas that I want to see find their own Happy endings… Well as happy as they can be when you have half the Supernatural world wanting to kill, capture or drink your blood! I cannot wait for more from this series and hopefully soon! This is a turning point. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Comes up behind you wrapping her arms around your waist and rests her head against your shoulder
Anonymous 12 months ago
*in the kitchen cooking*