I'd like to thank the author and publisher for the copy I received via netgalley in return for an honest review.
So, I've not read that many vampire books, but I do enjoy some paranormal books. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, the first in the Blood Hunters series by Marie Treanor, not having read any of the author's work previously. I must admit that I approached this book with more than a little trepidation, having heard all the raving about the Twilight series and not having heard of this series.
I needn't have been concerned because, from the very first chapter, this book captured my attention. Well, not so much captured my attention as slapped me round the face! Lead character Mihaela is a feisty vampire hunter determined to get even with the bloodsucker that murdered her family. She's also extremely likeable.
There's no smoke without fire, so, when Mihaela meets centuries-old Maximilian, there's understandably a bit of a standoff between vampire and hunter. Circumstances throw the distrusting pair into an uneasy alliance that inevitably dictates their physical closeness, and then sparks really do fly! Mysteriously brooding Maximilian is the perfect counterpart to feisty Mihaela, and so ensures a delicious game of cat and mouse, fraught with sexual tension.
Yes, there are graphic sex scenes in this book. But, they are without the crude use of language that made 50 Shades so cringeworthy to me. These are written in such a way as to capture all of the passion and none of the vulgarity of the former. I defy any woman reading this book not to wish for their very own Maximilian.
Aside from all the sex, there is actually a very good story here too. The classic fight between good and evil, although you may just be surprised as to who is on which side when the final battle comes. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series and finding out where the story goes next.