The first book of a series always has growing pains, you need to introduce the world, its rules, the characters for the book and for the future books but keeping all this in mind, the start of Larissa Ione's new book based in the Vampire world blew me away.
The premise was pretty interesting, a world where Vampires are the hunted and human beings enslaving them and the book begins with a revolt with the heroine an eight year old and the vampire servants turning against her family and attacking them. The hero is a vampire warrior and we are made aware of his hatred for humans especially the heroine's family since his mate was the heroine's nanny.
Now, the book is quinessential Larissa, full of sexual tension, conflict, love-hate and was full on awesome. Nicole the heroine came across a very insipid at first, she was dumb in my book not opening herself up to the reality around her but then she is kidnapped by the hero's clan and she really comes into her own then.
All in all I do not want to give away the plot and world much but will say I am looking forward to the next book badly.
This book was certainly very different and I would rate it 3.25 stars. The heroine was an ex-MMA fighter and the alpha in the relationship which I found unusual. She has just retired and is about to turn 30 and wants a family and a guy that is miles apart from the one's she met on the road, so she signs up for Spark (the dating service of the heroine from the first book).
The hero Patrick is working as an electrician (a very inept one) at the gym she has started work at and was a very, sweet clumsy guy who was insecure because of his divorce and so willing to put himself on the line even when the heroine made it very clear that she wanted someone financially stable and not him.
The heroine didn't work for me many times, she seemed kind of like a user to me though she was upfront about the fact that it was just physical and not something that could work in the long run. This book ends on a HFN and not a HEA, with both of them agreeing to give them a shot.