Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hunger by Felicity Heaton [Review]

Hunger (Vampires Realm #8) by Felicity Heaton
Hunger (Vampires Realm #8) by Felicity Heaton
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: May 5, 2014

Vampires Realm
1. Prophecy: Child of Light
2. Prophecy: Caelestis and Aurorea
3. Prophecy: Dark Moon Rising
3.1. Spellbound
3.2. Eternity: The Beginning
3.5. Reunion
4. Seventh Circle
5. Winter's Kiss
6. Hunter's Moon
7. Masquerade
8. Hunger - Kindle

Felicity Heaton
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Betrayed by one of her own and turned into a vampire, hunter Eve is consumed by her hunger for vengeance and has spent five years surviving hell, driven to take the life of the man she once loved. But just as she is about to close in on the hunter-turned-vampire, an event is set in motion that threatens to see him slip beyond her grasp forever—the leader of her bloodline has sent an escort to bring her to the family’s mansion. To a nest of the very creatures she once hunted and loathes.

A vampire assassin hardened by centuries of service, Tor is a man of discipline and loyalty, never straying from his mission or the rules set out for him, and has purged all his weaknesses, including his emotions.

But the moment he meets the broken, fiery female he is to escort to Oslo, something dangerous awakens in him, something possessive and powerful, and when he is pulled into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the man who betrayed her, Tor discovers he will do anything to protect the woman slowly claiming his heart and give her the vengeance she desires—even break all the rules.

Can Eve embrace her new vampire nature in order to have her revenge and find a reason to live again in Tor? Can Tor and Eve stop the man who betrayed her and the deaths of thousands of innocents? Or will he succeed in creating a new army of hybrid vampires who will rise up against the purebloods?
Thoughts on Hunger: I don't know who I felt more for in this book. Eve wasn't dealing well with being a vampire and the social maneuverings of her fellow vampires when she finally started mingling with them didn't sit well with her. Throw in a few rounds of torture in her early vampire days and an aversion to blood and she's as far from comfortable in her new role as you could imagine.

On the other hand, Tor's been an outcast his entire vampiric existence because of what he is. Which sucks. Seriously, the guy who keeps everyone else safe, shouldn't be treated like dirt. Eve's acceptance of who he is and what he's capable of goes a long way toward thawing him. Frankly, given what Tor's been through, he deserves all the love and friendship he can get his hands on.

I'm honestly digging this world. The bloodlines and the backstabbing and the rigid social structures within the society all combine to make an intriguing backdrop. It's been a while since I last read one of these books and I'm kind of itching to go back and embark on a reread. I have to admit, the Law Keepers and their killing (and sometimes completely destructive) ways keep things interesting. It's hard to dislike men who throw homemade explosives with such fervor. Or maybe that's just me.

Steamy scenes, blood, and vengeance. Oh, and fire. And more blood. Yep, pretty much all the things that make my heart beat faster!

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