Read: 1st December – 4th December 2017
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was lucky enough to be given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (St Martin’s Paperbacks) via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review. The publication date was 5th December 2017.
Thanks for the advance copy.
…So what’s this book about?
The Wicked Vampire is the sixth book (approx 297 pages) in Ms Baxter’s Last True Vampire series – a paranormal romance series featuring vampires, vampire half breeds called dhampirs, the berserkers (vampires’ mortal enemies), mages and witches, shapeshifters and other creatures that go bump in the night. Each book brings us a turbulent romance between a new couple in this amazing paranormal world, while the story arc of rebuilding the vampire race and the fight to survive, evolves and continues as the backdrop to the romance.
Ms Baxter does a good job of weaving any pertinent information from previous books into this one so I don’t think that it’s vital to your enjoyment of this story to have read the previous books, however, I do feel that as with most established series, you miss the nuances of knowing past relationships, plot lines and characters when jumping in cold.
You can read my reviews for the other books in the series by clicking the following titles; Stripped Bear (#0.5) – The Last True Vampire (#1) – The Warrior Vampire (#2) – The Dark Vampire (#3) – The Untamed Vampire (#4) – The Lost Vampire (#5) or by searching the tag #Last True Vampire Series.
Those of you who have read my reviews before, will know that I don’t reveal spoilers or post plot twists in my posts, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
He was one of the most feared creatures in the supernatural world, and yet, she was drawn to him unlike any other. His scent ignited her thirst. The sight of him drove her mad with want…
Lovers forever–or enemies to the death?
Sasha Ivanov was born to be wild. A vampire party girl, she stalks the L.A. clubs at night. Dancing. Drinking. Indulging her darkest appetites. Never sated, she’s always looking for more: more danger, more excitement, more blood. But when she enters a supernatural fight club–and is tethered to her mortal enemy–Sasha realizes she’s playing the most dangerous game of all…
Ewan Brún was born to kill vampires. A powerful berserker and unbeaten champion, he doesn’t need a weapon to be deadly. He is the weapon. But when his soul becomes captive to the most beautiful vampire he’s ever seen, he is all but powerless. He cannot resist Sasha–and cannot fight his desires. Is their love strong enough to defeat the gathering forces of darkness that threatens to destroy them both?
…So, what did I like about it?
I have become a BIG fan of Ms Baxter’s writing style; I find her books very easy to read and love the way she creates her stories. I like the pace of her tales, how the plot evolves and the urban fantasy world that she’s built. I think that the balance in her stories between great banter, hold-your-breath tension, kickass fighting and steamy sex scenes are really good. The Wicked Vampire did not let me down!
Those of you who have read my reviews before know that I am an old romantic at heart, so the “two halves of one soul reunited” aspect of this tale satisfied my soppy side but it was the real relationship reservations and the obstacles that both Sasha and Ewan experience, both external and internal, that they have to overcome that adds a very real and contemporary feel to this love story.
I must also mention that it’s not just our main characters that have this level of depth; every character that Ms Baxter includes has their own set of idiosyncrasies so that they cease to be just filler characters but become just as real as our main couple (looking forward to finding more about Lucas in future books *hint*hint* Ms Baxter).
The Wicked Vampire may have caused a few more tears to fall but fear not avid reader, it also made me chuckle out loud, had me on the edge of my seat with tension and gave me delicious flutters of arousal; in short – I was gripped from the first page to the last.
…So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Absolutely nothing, that’s why it got 5 stars!
…So, basically what I’m saying is…
This is another incredible instalment of what has become one of my favourite paranormal romance series; I loved it!
If you’re a fan of adult paranormal romance stories where your heroines are intelligent, witty and independent and your heroes are strong sexy alphas with a big heart waiting to be unleashed or if you’ve enjoyed reading the “destined soul-mate” theme of Felicity Heaton’s Eternal Mates Series or Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians Series, then I think this paranormal romance will be right up your street!
So, has my review of THE WICKED VAMPIRE (LAST TRUE VAMPIRE #6) encouraged you to find out more about this book or this amazing paranormal romance series? Just click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself and find out more about the author.
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