While tracking down a killer, clues lead homicide detective, Viviane Taylor to suspect, Julian DeMatteo. From the get-go, DeMatteo unsettles and irritates her. He's a force she has never encountered, someone who excites her even though he's forbidden. Her instincts warn that he's hiding something and she is determined to uncover those secrets.
As king of the vampires, Julian DeMatteo protects the immortal clans. So, when the beautiful, bullheaded cop embroils herself within his world, he must choose between the woman who reminds him of the humanity he's lost or his loyalty to his people.
As confusing emotions awaken inside her, Viviane can either accept her fate as the one chosen to save the immortal race or lose her soul to darkness. With Julian's help, she fights an evil that would rip her apart in order to forge a new future with the homicide suspect who's stolen her heart.
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A nice take on immortals Viviane Taylor is a young homicide detective with a life plan. Unlike her partner, Mike, she has no family and few friends, just the determination to make sergeant and maintain the respect of her peers. On the heels of a particularly gruesome murder, she follows the lead straight into Julian DeMatteo’s office. Instinct tells her the powerful alpha male is hiding something and she intends to ferret out his secret. When her partner is viciously killed in pursuit of a suspect, her mind shuts out the details of the impossible deviance. Divergent Bloodline is a good read. The author brings different elements to an interesting world of light and dark. I did find parts to be a bit choppy and could’ve used a little fill in, along with a few unanswered questions, though not a cliffhanger. Each character drew you into their story and kept you enthralled to the end. Tension between Julien and Viviane sizzled the entire time to keep you reading. I’d give this 4 stars
Viviane Taylor is a detective in the homicide division; she is a good detective with excellent instincts and hunches. Called to the scene of a gruesome murder, Viviane, has a hunch that Julian DeMatteo's involved. DeMatteo, reputed mobster, has his fingers in lots of pies. His reputation is one of philanthropic endeavors and community action, but Viviane knows he has a seamy side as well. The first meeting is a revelation to both of them. What is going on? What are they so attracted beyond reason to each other? How can this possibility work to the good of the human or vampire world? Come along with Viviane and Julian has they solve mysteries, murders, answers to questions they didn't know existed and perhaps find love. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: Author TJ Shaw begins this novel with a bang and the action never slows nor lags. This is an intriguing, emotion filled story of two people who are private, lonely, closed off, and needy, yet to all appearances they have it all. One an accomplished police officer, the other is Vampire King (Immortals as they prefer) of the Western Clans; a species and complex world unknown to humans. One is about to go against all she believes, her code of honor and her principles; the other is facing betrayal of the very rules he created. Ms. Shaw portrayed the emotional battles with intensity and skill. Ms. Shaw's descriptions of Julian and Viviane's emotions and thoughts were so vivid, I could feel the confusion, the need, the protectiveness, the loneliness, and the burning desire. The love between Julian and Viviane is explosive, hot, and steamy. Julian's need to protect Viviane is so sweet, and so sigh worthy. The mystery of Viviane's past was skillfully and slowly revealed; what a surprise! This book has several surprises in store for the reader. This is not the same old vampire story from the past. . Ms. Shaw kept the mystery and emotion at high peak throughout this novel. The plot and pace of the novel were on target and masterfully executed by Ms. Shaw. The pace did not lag or slow. This novel will keep you up long into the night as you the devour each page. Ms. Shaw builds her vampire world of politics, emotions, greed, jealousies, and of course love, expertly as she shows her world much like the human world; with the same faults, failures, and successes. Of course, every hero and heroine must an adversity and Ms. Shaw created worthy opponents in her story. This book includes all the elements needed for a successful book. The author expertly developed the characters and story-line; her pacing and scenes flowed seamlessly from one scene to the next. Ms. Shaw skillfully wove the many threads in this book into a complete and cohesive story; her command of the story-telling is evident as her writing style is clear, fresh, and well-formed. RECOMMENDATION: 5 STARS This is the first of Ms. Shaw's book I have read; I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves to read a book that is well-written, well-developed, and keeps the reader's attention throughout the book. It does contain several love scenes; I did not consider them explicit, overdone nor lengthy, rather love between two people very much in love and mated. Book Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest book review. All book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion; all book reviews on line, on my blog and under my name are my opinion.
Independent reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock, I was gifted my copy of this book. As King of the Northern Clans, Julian has seen everything, and done everything in his time. But Viviane is a surprise. His beast within, long dormant, springs to life and cause Julian to put his reign into jeopardy. Viviane just wants to solve this murder. Julian is a suspect. But her reaction to him is primal, and leads her into a world she never knew existed. Its been a while since I had a vampire (although here, they just like to be called Immortals!) book grab me. This one did. I really, really enjoyed it!! Its dark and deadly, sexy and steamy, long held prophecies come to fruition in a way no one expected. Its bloody and violent, and its hot and passionate! Oh it has a little bit of everything for everyone. If you like you vampires...ahem...Immortals... dark and broody, and you can see their fall coming at you hard and fast, one for you. If you like your heroines strong and independent, one of you. If you like an Immortal who is strong and will do anything for his mate, one for you. Really, I thoroughly enjoyed it!! Cant quite stretch to 5 stars but... 4.5 stars **same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble**
Divergent Bloodline is by T.J. Shaw. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the author. Viviane Taylor is a cop. It’s what she is, who she is, all she is. She was abandoned as a baby and grew up in foster care. Her work is pretty much what her life revolves around, her only friend being her partner, Mike. It was not unusual to be called out in the middle of the night for a murder. This one, though, was particularly gruesome. The next day the investigation leads her to question Julian DeMatteo. As soon as she entered his office, she felt it, that electricity, that force that drew her to him. Little did she know that this man with the eyes that seemed to see right through her, would forever change her life. Julian DeMatteo was not human, he was immortal, a vampire. His kind have lived amongst humans from the beginning of time, staying hidden. Julian is vampire royalty, King of the Western Clans. When Viviane walked into his office, full of self confidence and strength, he could barely contain the beast within him. Julian is six hundred and sixty-eight years old. He locked away his humanity centuries ago. Never has a human affected him this way. He could barely suppress the need to claim her, to taste her, right there and then. “Why did this mortal woman threaten to awaken a disquiet within him that he quelled during his fledging days? She brought out a bit of the humanity he buried long ago, which disturbed him. Such fascination for a human female was a failing, and a king who showed any weakness became a target.” As Julian and Viviane spend time together, the pull is nearly impossible to resist. Would one night of feeling wanted and cared for by the most beautiful man she has ever seen be so bad? But anything happening between them could jeopardize her case and her job. As Julian fights a war within him to keep his beast restrained, he knows that he must have her. As Viviane continues to investigate the murder, she becomes the interest of Julian’s rival clan, the Beaudeax Clan, one of which is the murderer she is looking for. Julian’s interest in her also makes her a target. Julian will stop at nothing to keep her safe but it’s not enough. Viviane is taken. This was my very first book by T.J. Shaw and what a ride it was. I loved the intense romance between Julian and Viviane which was both sexy and tense as she fought against her feelings. As she becomes the target of the Beaudeax Clan, the secret of the immortals that they are is revealed. The man that she has been falling in love with is not human. How could this be? How could she not have known? There is so much more to be revealed. There are secrets hidden in Viviane’s past. Secrets that will explain the inexplicable way Julian is drawn to her, secrets that might have been prophesied as far back as the first original immortal. But none of this matters if Julian can’t save the woman he can’t exist without. This book has just about everything I enjoy, an intense love story, lots of awesome sexual chemistry, an alpha male that will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves, and a build up to a crazy, intense ending that most definitely raised my heart rate. I truly did enjoy this book and I’m so glad T.J. Shaw gave me the opportunity to share it with you.