Blood Veil: A Mission Novel

Blood Veil: A Mission Novel

by Megan Erickson

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Blood Veil: A Mission Novel by Megan Erickson

In the midst of supernatural chaos, worlds and hearts collide.

Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . .

Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.

Megan Erickson’s thrilling Mission novels can be read together or separately:
BLOOD GUARD | BLOOD VEIL

Advance praise for Blood Veil

“Megan Erickson takes you into a rich, sexy, supernatural world and sinks her fangs in. Idris wasn’t prepared for Celia. That doesn’t mean he’s not prepared to claim her.”—Award-winning author Cecy Robson
 
“Full of action, heat, and heart, Blood Veil is sure to sink its teeth into you.”—Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of Bought by the Boss

“I’ve been looking for my next favorite paranormal read and Blood Veil delivers! A mixture of suspense and sexy vampires and a strong leading lady, Megan Erickson nailed everything I love about vampires and romance.”—Stacey Lynn, author of Fake Wife

“Readers who are searching for something to tide them over until the next Black Dagger book comes out should look no further than this series. Recommended for fans of vampire romance.”Library Journal

“[Blood Veil is] a great addition to the series, and I hope to see more soon! Megan Erickson is a wonderful storyteller and creates characters that stick with you for a long time after the story is finished.”—Lady with a Quill

This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399180934
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Mission , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 199,293
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats, named after John Hughes, characters or . . . thinking about writing.

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Prologue

Idris

I stalked through Bite, the deep bass vibrating the walls and pounding into my head. The club was packed—the dance floor filled with writhing vampires thirsty for blood, and humans eager to give it up. I made my way deeper into the club, where carefully selected humans—ones who promised to keep quiet about the existence of vampires—came to give up their blood in exchange for cash. It was a transaction that worked for humans and the Gregorie vampire clan. We didn’t take what we needed by force, and they let us be—living beneath their city in old subway tunnels.

Not all vampire clans respected human autonomy. Some wanted to rule over humans, reducing them to mere blood slaves. In fact, that was the very reason why I was being summoned to a private room at Bite to have a sit-down with my brother—the newly crowned king of the Gregorie vampires.

The high from sinking my fangs into a human a mere ten minutes ago, the rush of fresh blood through my veins, was wearing off. I wasn’t happy about Athan deigning to sweep in from our family’s hidden compound outside Mission to make sure I was staying on task. Yeah, I wasn’t happy about it at all.

Moans filled my ears as I surged through the crowd. I’d made it to the greeting room, which was filled with couches full of humans and vampires in various states of undress. A woman riding a vampire turned to look at me as I passed, her mouth open in ecstasy, eyes glassy.

I hadn’t had time for any of that. I’d fed, then received word my brother was here. My human hadn’t been happy. She wanted some of her own vampire dick. Too bad; she’d find it elsewhere. Hell, she was probably here now. I hadn’t planned to screw her anyway. Unlike what my brother thought, I was here to feed and feed only because I had to. I was fully focused on my mission.

I walked down a hallway, then turned a corner and headed down another, going deeper into Bite where only employees of the club and members of the royal family—me—and our guards were allowed. Finally, I came to the correct door and shoved it open.

Athan sat at the table, large and imposing, his dark eyes taking me in as I sank into the chair across from him.
He didn’t speak, so I did. “Why are you here?”

Athan’s jaw clenched at my question, and just like that, the room filled with his energy. It’d been that way since he’d drunk from the Sanguivita. Athan was larger than life now, a true king who was strong as ten vampires combined, had goddamn wings, and could let the sun fall on his face without being burned.

My hand—the one with the maimed finger—twitched in my lap.

“I’m here to make sure you don’t do something stupid, brother,” Athan said.

“You weren’t so worried when you sent me on this mission.”

“I’m reconsidering.”

I narrowed my eyes at him, wondering where the heck this was coming from. Then I knew. “Zeb.”

“I’m having him keep an eye on you—”

“Screw that,” I said, slashing my hand through the air. “Really? Spying on me?”

“I thought your anger would cool,” Athan explained, but there was no remorse in his tone. “I thought you’d focus on the mission and—”

“I’m focused. The only reason I’m not watching her right now is because I needed to feed, and then you herded me into a room to give me a talking-to.”

“That’s my point,” Athan snapped. “There’s a difference between focusing on the mission with the end game in sight, and being so damned lost in it that you can’t see what’s best for the clan.”

I stared at him, speechless, and when I spoke, I barely recognized my toneless voice. “Are you saying I’m not doing what’s best for the family?”

Athan flinched on the last word, and for the first time since he cornered me at Bite, I saw a bit of my brother and not the stone-faced king. “I didn’t say—”

I held up my left hand, where my middle finger was missing down to the first knuckle. It was barely noticeable, and to anyone who didn’t know, a minor injury. But to me, it was a pain I’d never forget, a constant reminder of what my father had been willing to do, and just how worthless he thought I was. I shook my hand at Athan, and his gaze narrowed in on my finger. “Don’t tell me I won’t do what’s best for my clan. I stood on our damned roof prepared to let our father burn me one inch at a time to save your precious Tendra. Don’t tell me I’m not willing to do what’s best for us.” I hissed the last word, beyond pissed. Beyond.

Athan knew it, too. My anger had always burned bright in a way that singed everything around me. Athan was the controlled one. The steady one. The king.

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Blood Veil: A Mission Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Alyssa75 11 months ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Blood Veil by Megan Erickson Book Two of the Mission series Publisher: Loveswept Publication Date: April 3, 2018 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): In the midst of supernatural chaos, worlds and hearts collide. Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . . Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine. What I Liked: Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I'm kind of excited about vampires being "in" again. Ten years ago (or more than that), everyone was sick and tired of vampires and werewolves and all that - myself included. But I'm ready for more vampire novels, especially in romance! Thank goodness there is a great author behind this series. I already love Erickson's books, and this series has been going really well for me. This is the second book in the Mission series, and a companion to the first book. Idris, the younger Gregorie brother, is bent on revenge. He plans to use the Valarian king's daughter as a pawn in his plan to take out the king. But Athan (the Gregorie king and Idris's older brother) wants the Valarian princess safe and unharmed while negotiations are in place. Unfortunately for Celia (who doesn't even know that vampires exist, let alone that she's half-vampire), life is not turning out the way she thought. One minute she's sleeping, the next minute there is a creature in her bathroom. She is almost killed by one supernatural being, only to be rescued by another. Idris thought he could use Celia in his schemes, but he didn't expect to fall for her. I felt so bad for Idris in Blood Guard, with everything that he had to deal with, and all the changes that came about towards the end of that book. Idris is a complicated guy with a lot of loneliness and a loss of purpose. He is honing in on revenge because his purpose is gone. But while Idris is a strategic mastermind and a man set on the course of revenge, he is also very loyal and protective. He wants more in life but he is also stalled, and doesn't know where to go. He's a good guy, despite his armor and stony facade. I adored Celia, and maybe for reasons that others might not like her. She is a nurse, a kind soul, a gentle person who cares with her whole heart and is so sweet. She is a selfless, giving woman, and I loved that her gentleness was a perfect foil to Idris's hardness. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This will be the second book by Megan Erickson that I have read and reviewed. I am (now) aware that she has a large back catalog of books to keep me entertained for a while. This is very much in my favor because I can't wait to see where she takes this series. First let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed that Idris and Athan and the other vampires are learning new things and secrets about their kind and humans right along with the humans, Tendra and Ceila. This gives Blood Veil (and Blood Gaurd -book 1) more depth than other vampire books that are being published. It leads to a little bit of mystery for the characters of each book. Book 2 introduces us to Idris ( formally known as the heir apparent in book 1) and Celia who is a damphir (half human half vampire hybrid) she is also the daughter of the Valarian King who is sworn enemies with the Gregorie vampires ( Idris's people). With a little bit of back information on what happened in book 1, readers can easily jump into this books without having read book 1... but why in the world would they want to? While this book has a small selection of supporting characters it is most definitely the main characters that take the show. Idris is strong and determined and holding a mighty big grudge against Celia's father the Valarian King, and as much as he wanted to be the bigger ...vampire? he is having a hard time...even though he really likes the look of Celia. His loyalty may very well be his downfall. Celia is...clueless as what her family history really includes, Having grown up in the foster system she has made her own way in life and pushed away any longing she had for knowledge of her biological families. Celia simply exists. Or did until Idris shows up and things get confusing and then interesting and the chemistry starts to show. Celia is smart and just as determined as Idris, only she wants answers, not revenge. Major points for her because she wasn't the typical female in danger/trouble. Things get serious, not just with Irdris and Celia, but with the two vampire kingdoms. Cannot wait to see what other readers think. Absolutely a wonderful five star read with anticipation of a third book (fingers crossed) .
Jolie More than 1 year ago
A good 2nd book in the Mission series. I did think that Celia was a little too trusting and compliant. If I had a man kidnap me and tell me what Idris told me, I would have been actively trying to escape. I also thought that Idris had a big chip on his shoulder. The sex scenes were steamy. I was shocked at the twist towards the end of the book and can't wait to see what book 3 will bring.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining, light read with likable characters. It’s set in a really cool and passionate vampire world and enjoyed how it all worked. I loved the first book in the series so I was really looking forward to this one. It was witty and there was decent chemistry and heat, a nice amount of drama, but it was all way to easy for me, it felt very surface. I liked it, there just wasn't a lot of depth. I enjoyed the tension between Idris and Celia in the beginning and how they had a pull between them. I liked watching their walls come down and them come together. Everything is easily accepted. There was good humor and thought the internal dialogue was great. I like the world the author created and the dynamics involved. There's a lot happening and a lot of characters mentioned. It's very fast paced with a lot of instant want and love happening. There's a bit of drama and emotion but it's all pretty glossed over. My takeaway away is this was a fun read. Light and easy with a lot of entertaining moments and some sexy times mixed in. If you're looking for some fast paced vampire fun that isn't too taxing, this is it. Complimentary copy received for honest review.
UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
Megan Erickson does not disappoint in the second installment of the Mission series. In Blood Veil we get a closer look at the brother who was groomed to be King of the Gregorie. Under his father's rule, Idris was raised to be King and to follow in his honorable footsteps. Then it was revealed that his father was not so honorable after all and Idris suffered for the betrayals he made against his own clan. Idris is determined to exact revenge on the clan that turned his father against his own people, and Celia Valerie will make the perfect pawn to his plans. I was excited to get to read Idris' story. He was a strong alpha warrior even after everything that went down in the first book, Blood Guard. His single minded goal of revenge was a bit tiresome at times, considering I thought he was the nicer of the two brothers. Boy was I wrong, neither brother is nice!!! But not in a bad way, well not completely anyway. Idris, like Athan, will do whatever it takes to assure that those he cares about are safe and well taken care of. He is lethal and drop dead sexy, a devastating combination. Celia is someone that has been left alone for most of her life. Raised in foster homes and with few friends she is a character that I want to protect from all the evil in the world. She is sweet and kind, the way she visited with Charlie really gave the feel of the person she was. But what I really loved about Celia as a character is that Megan gave her panic attacks, and they were related in such a realistic way that I related to what was happening. I have loved both books in this series and I cannot wait for more! Megan's leap into paranormal romance, if you ask me, has been extremely successful and proven her worth as an author. 4.5 stars
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
This second book in Megan Erickson's Mission series brings all the action and adventure that we saw in Blood Guard only this one is more of an enemies to lovers romance. The conflict between the Gregorie Valarian clans is what brings Idris and Celia together with the twist that Idris has plans to use her for revenge and Celia has no idea of who she even is, let alone knowing anything about vampires. Of course, nothing goes as planned, which is to be expected and was certainly predictable with this type of story. Regardless of the predictability of certain things in the book, the endearing characters and witty dialogue, along with a fast-paced storyline held my interest from start to finish. Idris makes quite the journey from brooding vampire deadset on revenge to doing what is best for his family and clan, and Celia is the very definition of a damsel in distress who learns what it means to love and sacrifice. Blood Veil can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend starting at the beginning to get the impact of Erickson's vampire world and it's wonderful characters.
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
Blood Veil is book two in Megan Erickson’s Mission series. While it didn’t have the same spark as the first one, once I started reading I couldn’t put it down! Idris’ world turned upside down after revelations from book one. He has to forge a new existence, but first he wants revenge. Enter the woman who can bring it to him, Celia. I quite enjoyed both of these characters. Idris is really clueless where human women are concerned, and its fun watching him try to navigate it. He’s got the alpha gene, for sure, but he has to play a waiting game with Celia. Nothing goes as planned and Celia ends up his captive. It’s revelation after revelation. I really admired Celia. She doesn’t know her background and she doesn’t trust easily. Her connection to Idris takes her off-guard, but she just meets everything head-on. And there are some pretty big enemies after her. A little over halfway, however, I noticed that book two fell into the same trajectory as book one. It threw me off enough that it took a chapter or two to get back in the story. I’m glad I waited it out because I may have balled my eyes out and fell more in love with these two. This is a definite page-turner, and I really hope Zeb will get his book next. Fans of PNR romance can't go wrong with this series! 4 stars!
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
In the midst of supernatural chaos, worlds and hearts collide. Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . . Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine. Review: This is the second book in this series and I found I enjoyed this story just as much as the first book. If you have read the first book in the series, you will recognize Idris as the son who was to be King, but betrayed and lied to by his father. Now, he is on a mission to get revenge and spy on Celia. Celia is the daughter of his enemy, but has no idea she is a princess. As the story ensues, there is a ton of action and suspense as Celia learns who and what she is. Idris and Celia grow closer as they are thrown together to fight a common enemy. There is lots of action, romance, sexiness and some surprises in this story. Totally engrossing story, I stayed up half the night wanting to finish it. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
I adored the first book in this series, and this one was really great as well. The characters are very relatable, especially for a paranormal romance, and I loved the connection between the hero and heroine. Idris Gregorie is the brother of the hero from book 1, Athan. Idris had quite a rude awakening in book 1, realizing he wasn't who he thought he was, who his father had groomed him to be. Turns out Athan is the eldest, and therefore the King, and Idris is the younger brother. Idris has always been too impetuous, too emotional, too prone to act on his feelings, rather than thinking things through. Athan will make a much better king than he ever would have. But, where does that leave him? For now, it leaves him watching the dhampir (half vampire-half human) daughter of the King of their rival clan, the Valarians. He needs to use her as a bargaining chip, to gain access to the King, so Idris can kill him for everything he's done, and tried to do to the Gregorie clan. He never plans on having such a strong reaction to her. Celia Valerie is an orphan. She grew up in foster care, and she's always taken care of herself, never relying on anyone for anything, sometimes to her detriment. She's a nurse at the hospital in Mission City, and she lives a pretty lonely life. Until one night, a scary creature tries to murder her in her own apartment, and a sexy stranger saves her life, then kidnaps her. When Idris tells her of her parentage, she can't believe any of it is true. Is he crazy? Or does this info finally cause a lot of other things in her life to make sense? She's not sure. But, she does know that to stay safe from the things trying to kill her, and to maybe get to finally meet her father, she has to stick close to Idris, and stay alive. She doesn't know what to do with all the unfamiliar feelings that Idris gives her though, because she knows something between them could never work out. Idris and Celia had great chemistry and really good banter. I loved their awkward interactions at first, and how comfortable they became with each other by the end. Neither of them expected the feelings they had to pop up, and Idris really struggled with them, due to his hate for her clan. But, she wasn't really a part of that clan, in any way other than blood, and he starts to realize his mistake in thinking she would be like them at all. Celia was a truly selfless person, and I enjoyed watching her layers get peeled back as the story went on. I also enjoyed seeing the side characters, both from book 1, as well as the short story prequel. I just wish we had seen more of my favorite side character from book 1, Zeb. If he doesn't get his own book eventually, I'll be so distraught! I NEED to know more about him and get inside his head! Hopefully we'll at least get a short story for him at some point. I love a star-crossed lovers story, and that's exactly what I got here, complete with denial over, and guilt for, their feelings. It was executed very well, in between the massive suspense storyline of keeping Celia alive. I enjoyed watching everything unfold, and I loved the resolution. Some things that happened along the way were quite a surprise, and I loved that. Nothing is worse than an utterly predictable storyline in a suspenseful PNR, and this was NOT that. I really enjoyed it so much. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves great paranormal romance. I have truly loved getting to know these characters, and I hope we'll see them again.
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars-engaging, impassioned by predictable 3.5 stars--BLOOD VEIL is the second instalment in Megan Erickson’s contemporary, adult MISSION paranormal, romance series. This is ER nurse Celia Valerie, and vampire Idris’s story line. BLOOD VEIL can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary but I recommend reading the series in order for backstory and cohesion. Told from dual first person perspectives (Idris and Celia) BLOOD VEIL finds Idris, second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan on a mission to locate and abduct the mysterious Celia Valerie-the spawn of their enemy, the Valarian king, and a woman completely unaware of her vampire heritage. When a Quellen (assassin for hire) targets Celia late at night Idris knows it is time to reveal the truth to our story line heroine. What ensues is the growing relationship between Idris and Celia, and the potential fall-out as Celia’s life hangs in the balance when Idris runs afoul of his brother’s orders. Idris is lost; groomed to be the leader of the Gregorie vampire clan, Idris would discover that everything he knew about his existence was a fabricated lie by the father he once loved and adored (Blood Guard #1). Now that his brother Athan was in charge Idris felt a disconnection; a sense of loneliness where it concerned the vampire lifestyle but a man, angry and betrayed, determined to seek vengeance for sins of the past. Meeting Celia Valeria, a woman who knows nothing about the who, how and why of her vampire DNA, finds our hero ready to sacrifice himself for the woman he loves. The relationship between Idris and Celia is one of immediate attraction. As Idris’ captive, Celia believes she has developed ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ but her willingness to forfeit her life reveals a much deeper belief about the man with whom she is falling in love. A former child of the foster care system, Celia suffers with panic attacks, and nightmares that reveal the truth about her ‘unnatural’ existence. Idris will detour from the original mission, a detour that threatens Celia’s life, as well as his own. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are reintroduced to Idris’ brother Athan, king of the Gregorie vampires, and his mate Tendra, as well as Athan’s best friend Zeb. Celia will discover a half-sister whose earlier years proved to be better than hers, and a father who was hoping to protect his progeny and spawn. The world building continues to reveal the history between the warring clans as the Gregorie vampires are pulled into a conflict that began with the betrayal of the man once in charge. BLOOD VEIL is a story of family, friendship, vengeance and love. The premise is engaging, fast paced and intriguing; the romance is dramatic and sensual; the characters are tragic, edgy and spirited. BLOOD VEIL is a predictable but impassioned story about vampires and the women they love.
CRISSYM More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love paranormal reads and Blood Veil was a good read. This story is a continuation of the first story so if you haven't read the first book I would recommend reading that one first just to know who the characters are that appear in this book. I enjoyed the main characters Celia and Idris. I didn't feel that deep bond between them that I was hoping for, but there was definitely a connection between the two. The storyline was a good one; steamy scenes with action and revenge. The story flowed at a great pace and kept me wanting to read more. I finished the book in one sitting and was completely happy with the ending. I definitely look forward to reading more books from this author in the future. This is a great read for paranormal lovers.
CarissaR More than 1 year ago
This book takes off exactly where book 1 Blood Guard ended. The story focuses on a returning character Idris and Celia who is newly introduced in this book. I think I prefer book 1 more than to this book. We also learn what the Veil is and its something that seems new, that I think I haven't heard before. What happened with Celia's dad caught me off guard. I also caught a "Twilight" reference that I'm not too entirely sure I liked.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars for this sexy vampire romance! Rival clans have different agendas where humans are concerned - some want to peacefully co-exist with them ( the Gregorie) while others want them enslaved (the Valarians). This makes for complicated and bloody clashes between them. Idris of the Gregorie has plans for Celia, the daughter of the Valarian King, though she doesn't know her heritage having grown up in foster care. The Valarians and Gregorie are engaged in a nasty battle for supremacy, complicated by the Quellan, hired vampire asassins who work for the highest bidder. When Idris saves Celia from an assassination attempt, she's thrust into a whole new unbelievable world, and Idris becomes her protector, which complicates his plan to kill her father. As this is the second book in the series, there is a good wrap up of the events from book 1 in the first few pages such that this one reads well as a standalone. The worldbuilding is well done, setting up the different clans and their motivations, as well as the good guys and bad guys. Idris and Celia gain a quick connection, insta-lust leading to insta-love. Their love scenes are intense and sexy and some interesting vampire lore helps lead them to a happy ending. It wouldn't be a vampire romance without some blood and beheadings so expect some violent and action packed scenes. All in all it's a sexy and entertaining read.