Vampires' Curse - The Libby Fox Trilogy
I read this trilogy as a set so before I review each book individually, here is an overview.
As book 1 and book 2 ended I kept reading on. Libby Fox is a brilliant heroine. What I loved most about her was, even though she had strong feelings for Adam, she knew she wouldn't share him with a blood donor, nor did she want to be bitten. I loved the way she visited him to remind herself that they came from different worlds. I feel this made her stay true to her character. She has been self reliant all of her life and had she u-turned without any reason, I don't think it would have fit. She is funny, sarky, brave and very likable - even when she jumps the gun.
Book 1 - Dark Relic
Libby Fox is a private investigator who is struggling to make it big. As her usual cases concern cheating spouses or corrupt business partners, she is thrown for a loop when when the enigmatic Adam Ryder hires her regarding the kidnapping of sixteen year old Julie Bowman. He is adamant that the police should not be involved as the kidnappers want a rare artifact that is in the possession of Julie's father. And under no circumstances will the kidnappers walk away with the relic . . But this is the only information Adam Ryder is willing to part with.
Libby takes the intriguing case and embarks on a journey which brings her into a world she never knew existed. Vampires, vampire hunters and an ancient relic that can destroy all vampires in a heartbeat.
I really enjoyed this book. Libby is strong, independent, sarcastic and smart. When she discovers the truth about Adams' nature, she takes her own time to process everything and I really like that! Adam is handsome, loyal and fiercely protective of his family and friends. As heroes go, Adam Ryder ticks all of the boxes. A great short read that will have the reader plowing into book 2 for more.
Book 2 - Secrets of the Wolf
In book 1 Lauralynn Elliott gave us Adam Ryder and vampires. In book 2, she gives us Blake Harding and wolves.
Things between Libby and Adam are unsettled. Rescuing Julie in book 1 did not go to plan and the relic is now in the wrong hands. The relic is not the only asset that is in the wrong hands. Blake Harding hires Libby to locate a book that has been stolen from him. Blake tells Libby that she must locate the book before the next full moon - which is in a week!
Libby shows her human side in this book. She makes mistakes, but in all fairness, she is up against some very scary and powerful creatures. Libby and Adam's relationship is looked at more closely, and even though he makes his feelings known to her *SIGH*, she is unsure if she can ever commit fully to a vampire's needs.
Secrets of the Wolf has some very evil bad guys. (One pair in particular creeped me out as much as an episode of Criminal Minds). This scene is brilliantly written and will have the reader thinking twice before trusting someone with a friendly smile.
Another great book -roll on book 3!
Book 3 - Search for the Vampires' Curse
The third and last installment brings the previous two books together in a roller-coaster of action. After chasing the relic but being one step behind, Libby, Adam and Blake travel to the Amazon Rain-forest in Brazil to find the dark relic that has been wiping out covens of vampires in The States.
Libby knows she is pushing Adam away so much that he may never return to her, but she cannot get past her own issues. Her friendship with Blake is developing more and more, and Blake lets her know that if she continues to push Adam away, she will eventually lose him forever. This is Libby's fear too, but she still has a hang-up that she cannot find words for.
In this book, Lauralynn's writing is, as usual, amazing. The descriptions of the jungle in Brazil, the creatures that live there, the foliage and wild-life reminded me of a BBC nature documentary. I shrieked along with the heroine when two certain creatures took special interest in her! I love how the three main characters did not have the love triangle angst that many books seem to have. I think it's because the characters are more mature, and like Libby's aversion to being bitten, such a story line would have taken merit away from the books.
A must read for fans of paranormal and anyone who likes their heroines with flaws (but who can walk without stumbling every two steps!) And their heroes to be hot, honest and humble (who can get jealous without going all caveman!) A great trilogy.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)