Source: provided for review as part of the Taming the Vampire anthology
Date read: November 6, 2016
1. The Calling
2. The Darkening
3. The Awakening
4. The Gathering
5. The Redeeming
5.5. Wolf Hunt
6. The Crossing
6.5. Blood Debt
7. The Haunting
7.5. Beyond the Mist
8. Forbidden Taste - Kindle
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Mariah, a telepath for the paranormal division of the LAPD, is sent to find a vampire buried deep beneath a newly renovated vamp club. Mariah senses he’s an Old One, an ancient vamp from the dawn of time. She needs to get him behind bars and away from her, however, because letting a vamp come too close will drain her powers and render her helpless against the death-magic creatures who would love to see her dead.Thoughts on Forbidden Taste: I liiiiiiked this one. A lot. Death-magic and Life-Magic and those caught between them. Wheeeeee!
Cai, who has been in dark sleep since his enemies buried him centuries ago, emerges into a brand new world. His rescuer is a beautiful human woman he desires, but touching her will hurt her more than he can stand. He’s already lost everyone dear to him and refuses to lose her as well, but when danger comes, the only choices they can make are heartbreaking ones.
Seriously, this one was fun. Mariah stumbles over a vampire who's been entombed for a long, long time and she's smart enough to treat him with compassion. Which makes the vampire sit up and take notice. THINGS GO FROM THERE. Sort of. I mean, the downside of Mariah's telepathic gift is that she can't touch anyone who wields death magic so they kinda have to keep their distance.
Then all hell breaks loose (in a sense) and THINGS HAPPEN. THINGS. They happen.
I really, really enjoyed this one and the complex world we're given a glimpse into. *eyes the rest of the series* Uh-huh.