New Vampire Justice: Book One
With pain and loss in their pasts and evil threatening their futures, two vampires will find a love that lasts forever… if they dare.
Carson Locke is dangerous, even by vampire standards. A rare Tabula Rasa vampire, he can wipe the minds of those he bites—human or vampire. Because of this, he’s lived his entire life in isolation. When his family is murdered, Carson runs from those who want him dead. Injured, starving, and about to be executed, he meets Commander Lincoln Samuels, an officer in the New Vampire Justice police force.
Lincoln, a Sanatore vampire, possesses the gift of healing. The moment he encounters Carson, broken and terrified, trying to steal blood to survive, he is compelled to help the other man—despite the risk to himself. Their bond creates something the world has never seen, but others have plans for Carson and his destiny was written long before he was born. He’ll either become a tool to control the vampire world or, with Lincoln by his side, find the courage to fight and become its savior.
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This book was given to me free by the author in exchange for an honest review. This was such a fun read. It starts with a "rare" kind of vampire stealing blood from a blood bank because he's starving. He's caught by a vampire police team. The punishment for stealing blood is immediate death. Thank god the head of the team, a different "rare" kind of vampire, comes and halts the execution. These two come together and one of them turns into something even more amazing with some incredible gifts. The back story has kidnapping, murder and of course ex's. There is a shaman who comes along and the reader isn't really sure who's side he's on until the end. The members of the vampire police team are characters of which I look forward to reading their stories. You know when you're reading and you feel excitement build in your head about what's going to happen next? I felt that excitement several times during this read. Sometimes I felt one of the main characters should have been a little stronger, but not often. That was the only negative I had. I hope to read more and do recommend this story.
This is my second time reading this story. I read it the first time when it was published by a different pubs house. Before accepting it again, I was informed it was reedited and words added. And I can’t tell you which parts, but I can tell you the story over all seemed more complete somehow better rounded. The characters, even though, we know at the end we’ve still have more story to come, they feel that at least at that point they are done. We start with a young man on the run, he’s witnessed what he assumes is a triple tragedy at his home. At his last resort he tries to get into a blood bank for blood, knowing a secret about himself that no one else knows. Lincoln, the head of security understands the situation and the depth of trouble they are getting into fast. As the characters fall into place and the story develops we quickly realize that this is not a story you’ve read before. And we get swept into intrigue, family drama, first love, old love, new love, friendship lost and found. And that’s just some of the characters. We also have the why, why is this happening, how are we going to stop it, if it! Lincoln and Carson are the two people that shouldn’t fit but do. They know to stay away but can’t. They are explosive. Max, love him, such a sad case, holding it together by a tread until he finds his soul. Can’t wait for that story, we are left with a HFN. And I can’t wait for the next round.
A new-to-me author, a chance at fascinating world building, and vampires. Honestly? What more could I want? "What he equated to was a monster—a vampire who could wipe clean minds with one bite. Left behind was a programmable machine, mindless follower without conscience, without remorse, without fear. The perfect army, the perfect killing machines." The world the author has created is an urban fantasy, an alternate reality, where vampires have been known for over a hundred years but they still get treated like third class citizens. In this world the vampires are essentially exactly like humans except they have elongated canine teeth that are always present, and they need to supplement their diet with blood. No special powers, no inhuman strength, no speedy healing. There are special kinds of vampires such as empaths, healers, etc., but they aren't the norm. New Vampire Justice, or NVJ, was created by the vampires as a way to police their own since the human cops tended to shoot first and ask questions later. Believe me when I say the author definitely didn't stick to the standard lore. Carson and Lincoln meet when Carson is caught trying to steal synthetic blood from a Vampire Blood Maker. Carson's family has been destroyed, he hasn't fed in ten days which is deadly for a vampire, and he is miserable believing he caused this devastation. Because of Carson's severe malnutrition he can't be revived with synthetic blood, but human blood will help him. Except it doesn't, and the doctor at NVJ headquarters doesn't understand why. Lincoln knows he needs to save Carson because something is building between them, but no one could have predicted what would happen to Carson when he got Lincoln's blood. I'm not telling because it's a huge spoiler. Lincoln is a Sanatore vampire, a healer through his blood but also the only type of vampire who can bond on a physical, emotional, and mental level with a vampire who has ingested his blood. To say that Lincoln is terrified of what Carson will do when he discovers that Lincoln bonded with him, is mild. Lincoln is the only Sanatore vampire who has ever bonded twice in a lifetime with another. Unfortunately for Lincoln the first time it happened, the other vampire rejected the bond and Lincoln, causing Lincoln to almost go crazy. Once Carson and Lincoln finally talk, however, and realize they were both afraid of the same rejection, their bond grows more powerful and deeper than anyone has ever seen. There were a number of things that I really liked about this book. The intensity, the world building, the mystery, and the action had me hooked from the start. However, there were a couple of things that didn't work for me, namely the number of discrepancies, and the pace was at times the speed of lightning although more often than not, it dragged in a number of areas. Neither of these things prevented me from enjoying the book but I believe I would have loved it had they not been there. 'Dare to Love Forever' is an action-packed adventure that I read in one sitting. I look forward to the next installment and I hope it's even better than this novel. Thank you, Jake, you write an intriguing tale. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews