Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review: Vampire in Distress by Dale Mayer

Vampire in Distress (Family Blood Ties #2) by Dale Mayer
Synopsis (Goodreads):
When Tessa rallies friends and family to find her missing date, they uncover a secret…and start a war that causes ripples in all aspects of their lives.

A vampire with throwback human genes. Sixteen-year-old Tessa finds more than just her friend in this journey…she also finds herself in need of rescue … Imprisoned, she has to find a way to escape and reunite with her family before this war takes out those she loves.

The youngest of his ancient line. Eighteen-year-old Cody descends from flyer vampires wants Tessa back at his side where she belongs – even as he struggles with conflicting emotions about his best friend’s kid sister…

A human determined to protect his people. Seventeen year-old Jared thought his life was over then he finds out that his rescuers are vampires…how can he trust them? And then he finds out the truth about Tessa…and that she’s been taken, too…

Three brave souls struggle as war breaks out around them…a war that shows them no mercy.
My Thoughts: I'm beginning to wonder if Dale Mayer isn't some evil genius who skulks around in her mountain top fortress thinking up ways to place her characters in situations that leave her readers wide-eyed and frantic to know what happens next. She probably steeples her fingers while cackling maniacally as she plots.

Book 2 picks up directly from where book 1 left off. Tessa's in danger, her friends and family are frantically searching for her and the bad guys are poised to do more very bad things. As if the whole blood farm thing wasn't enough, right? Alas, these bad guys are nasty, nasty individuals who have no regard for either human or vampire life.

I do love that Tessa is coming into her own so nicely. Her throwback genes have made her an outcast and yet she's not willing to fade away into the background or hide from what needs to be done. She calls the Elders on their decisions and she pushes them to do the right thing - not just the actions that will help their race, but the morally right things that will help all the people taken and used for their blood.

Tessa spends a good chunk of this book separated from her family and friends. While I understand why this happened, the hopeless romantic in me wanted her to get back to them as soon as possible so that we could see more confused, longing glances between her and Cody. What? I want more kissing. There's nothing wrong with that.

Overall, this was a dark, sometimes bloody look at how trying times can help people -or vampires - rise to the occasion and shine. Tessa's story is far from over (gives that ending the side eye) and I will wait patiently to see how she gets out of her newest predicament.

Books in this series
1. Vampire in Denial
2. Vampire in Distress - Kindle

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Vampire in Distress was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Nothing AT ALL wrong with wanting more kissing. NOTHING!

    1. Sometimes I kiss people just to see if that's true. I get the occasional odd look, but nobody's complained yet.

  2. You looked sideways at the end? Are you saying there is a cliffie and you are waiting patiently? You are a better person than me LOL

    I have no patience!

    1. I'm saying there's a cliffhanger that tries to choke the life out of you! *chokes and sputters*

  3. Great review. And you'e right. There is absolutely nothing wrong with moe kissing. Thanks for sharing.

    Ashley @ Dr. Pepper Diva

    1. Thank you! More kissing is going to be my new motto. Well, actually it's going to be MOAR KISSES!