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I have always been fascinated by the things that go bump in the night. Ever since I can remember, I have wondered why popular books and movies focused on the vampire/werewolf hunters instead of the monsters themselves. Sure, there are plenty of books now that follow the journey of a vampire or werewolf, but the protagonist of the book is usually an angst-ridden hero who struggles to overcome his or her evil predisposition.
What about the other side of the coin? What about the vampire who is quite content to feast on humans and revel in immortality? What about the werewolf who rampages through life without a care in the world? Those are the monsters I write about.
on Aug. 14, 2011 :
Originally reviewed at Reading the Paranormal - paranormalbookreviews-kelly.blogspot.com
Dude. Duuuuude. This book was AWESOME! It was the bloodiest, most vicious love story I've ever read. Let me tell you, Mickey is no cuddly bunny of a werewolf. He's a flat out KILLEH! He revels in blood and destruction. He loves getting his hands in the viscera of his enemies. I'd wager that getting into the guts of his allies wouldn't turn him off either. I honestly wouldn't have thought that I'd like a guy who gets off on ripping his prey in two, but I did. I liked him! Also, I orignally wrote "I wouldn't have thought I'd lick a guy who gets off on ripping his prey in two". Which is also true, as it turns out.
A large portion of the story cuts between Lucifera's mortal life and rebirth as a vampire and Mickey's life and change to a werewolf. These events take place some 1600+ years apart and yet the two plot lines weave together wonderfully and give us the chance to see these two vicious killers before they were shaped by their bloodlust. Then, we get to watch as Lucifera and Mickey meet and form a partnership and defy all the rules that say that a vampire and a werewolf are mortal enemies. Awesome!
No, this isn't your typical love story, but M.T. Murphy made it work. Watching Lucifera fall for her wolf - although she'll maintain it's just for his blood - and Mickey's loyalty toward his vampire mistress was highlighted by their brutality. Let me just say that they aren't just rough on their prey, either. But it worked! It worked, it worked, it worked!
One of the things that really impressed me was the fearlessness of the author. He doesn't shy away from making our main characters do downright awful stuff. Did you read that part about ripping people in two? I wasn't speaking metaphorically. It happens. More than once. Yet it never made me loathe the characters. They're both products of their urges. They both enjoy being what they are. Did I mention that it worked? It does!
I can appreciate that this book will be a one that not everyone can stomach. Like I said, it's brutal at parts. But it's wonderfully different from most of what's out there. If you're willing to give it a try, you might be surprised at how two wildly vicious individuals can find love despite all the obstacles thrown in their way.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on June 27, 2011 :
A excellent read, the plot is always progressive never slows down and is very good at describing what is happening.
leaves me wanting more
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Feb. 22, 2011 :
I enjoyed this book. I first read gunslinger books, liked them. Bought this one. How did Lily become gunslinger? Did I miss that or is that another book? Anyway,thank you for some good reads. BlueTango
(reviewed the day of purchase)