Author: Tracy Tappan
Length : 207
Genres: Paranormal Romance
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 3 stars - A Good Read
Heat: 3/5 - Blush Worthy
This book is the first in a series (though I was convinced it must be later in a series because of the sheer volume of secondary characters that felt like they had already been through a romance of their own) about alternate versions of humanity (apparently human, but with certain peaks in the blood that give them better abilities - aka scientifically explained vampires and demons). The vampires live in huge caverns underground to resemble the world above, but sheltered from the sun. This community has a problem - the race is dying out and only certain humans can actually breed with them, descendents of yet another sort-of human race, called Dragons. So they kidnap women who have a particular genetic marker and bring them down to mate with warriors of the community.
The world building was good, though at times I got really tired of, and didn't see the point in having, all the funky spellings of words. It just seemed overdone. I liked the scientific explanation of why the "vampires" (there were so many other names floated, Om Rau, Fey, and something or other else) were different from garden-variety humans. That was pretty much my feeling on everything - too much. Too many secondary characters with their only minor plotlines that tied into the major one. Too many weird words. Just...too much.
The story though, buried under all the other stuff, was good. It took me a while (since I rarely read the blurb of a book immediately before reading the book itself) to figure out who the heroine, Toni, was going to end up with. It seemed like everyone was hitting on her (I understand why, but did she really have to feel so attracted to ALL of them?). I enjoyed watching Jacken and Toni go at one another, doing a great fight against the attraction, and I felt sooo sorry for Jacken and his backstory. The guy's father was a wretched monster, and not just because he hadn't been human.
So, I might give the second book in the series a try. There was definitely something to like in this book, but to my mind, you had to dig under a lot to get to it. I'm glad I spent the time reading it. I ended up being really torn
Thanks to the author for sending this to review!