Title: The Half-Breed Vampire
Author: Theresa Meyers
Available in both print and eBook
May Contain Spoilers
Ignorant of his true heritage, half-breed Slade Donovan is fated to feel like an outsider among his clan. Until a mysterious woman arrives with the ability to unlock his secrets—and make him crave a future he never believed he could have….
As a game warden, Raina Ravenwing has only one mission in the Cascade Mountains: to hunt down a pack of rare wolves that is terrorizing her tribe. Her instant attraction to Slade is a distraction the beautiful wolf whisperer can’t afford, unless she agrees to let him help her. Yet working so closely together only intensifies their passion…even as the unfolding truth of Slade’s identity threatens everything Raina holds sacred.
The Half-Breed Vampire is the second of Theresa Meyers’ books that I have read. I found both stories to be fast-paced and fun reads, with likable characters that I wanted to see together. Though both couples seemed so wrong for each other at first, it quickly became apparent that they needed and completed each other. I love a story that makes me want the protagonists to overcome all obstacles and find their HEA. Slade and Raina have so many issues to work through, but with the support of their friends and a fierce sense of belonging, they manage to defeat their own objections about being together.
Slade is a vampire, and he’s been recruited to help game warden Raina Ravenwing track a bunch of wolves. The wolves are harassing her tribe, and Raina needs to study them to discover why. What she doesn’t know is that they are a pack of werewolves, and they are plotting a coming out party. Vampires made their presence known a year ago, and the weres don’t like that their hated enemies are enjoying the spotlight in the mortal world. As Slade assists Raina in her mission, he begins to discover some unsettling truths about himself, and the past he can’t remember.
First off, let me say how much I enjoyed Slade. He’s one of those characters who manages to pull off tough and tender at the same time. But only tender for the woman he’s slowly falling for. His fellow vampires and the embattled weres don’t get the benefit of his softer side. Only Raina brings out a fierce protectiveness, even when she’s a tight ass and totally rubs him the wrong way when they first meet. She is uptight and she adheres to the rules, which drives him nuts. It was fun to see them annoy each other, and then slowly begin to accept each other. As Raina comes to trust Slade, she lets down her guard, too, and they begin to form a highly effective team. I loved that. As the story progressed, I couldn’t imagine them not together, because they really did prop each other up and offer strengths when the other faltered. I believed in their teamwork and their togetherness, so much so that the flimsy plot and one-dimensional villain did not bother me.
I found the world of the Cascade Vampire Clan very interesting, and I want to know more about Achilles, Slade’s commanding officer. The vamps probably have it a little too easy, though, as they can teleport, materialize objects, and survive grievous injuries with only a few hours rest. They can even be out in the sun, suffering only migraines and sunburn. They powers aren’t limitless, and once they’ve used them up, they are kind of helpless, so I guess that’s the great equalizer. Then, like batteries, they need to recharge. I couldn’t help but think about how great it would be to materialize a new pair of Nikes or the latest and greatest XBox game out of thin air. Do they have to pay for this stuff? Needless to say, the vampires live much more luxuriously under the streets of Seattle than the werewolves, who live in a cave in the mountains.
This is the third installment of the Sons of Midnight series, but I didn’t have any problems following along with the action, despite not having read the prior books. I would have liked a little more backstory for some of the characters, so I’ll have to track down the other volumes. The Half-Breed Vampire is what I consider a popcorn book. While enjoyable, the plot would not stand up to critical analysis; it’s more of a go with the flow type of read. I was completely engaged in the story from start to finish, and I wanted more when I hit the last page. Throw a copy in your beach bag; this is the perfect read for an afternoon in the sun (though Slade might disagree).
Grade: B, but teetering in B+ territory
Review copy provided by Bewitching Book Tours