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Grave Illusions by Lina Gardiner
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Jess Vandermire is a vampire and vampire hunter who works for the local police department. She helps to keep the evil vampires at bay. She finds and recruits individuals to help her enforce and protect the city. They have to go through a special nightly training.

John Brittan (Britt) is a former police officer and is one of these recruits. He’s unsure of the whole situation and isn’t sure he wants to be a part of it. During his training, he discovers himself and also proves to be on the team.

Regent is Jess’s brother who is a priest and her protector. He is getting older and worried about who will take care of Jess after her dies. Of course, Jess doesn’t want him thinking this way, but Regent knows vampires don’t die of old age. He continually tries to find someone to help fill his spot.

Prometheus is the evil vampire they hunt to the end. What a story he has.

The author has developed these and other characters in the book. She has done an amazing job of describing them and giving them vigor in the plot. With so many vampire stories out there, I was a little reluctant this would be that great of a read, however, I was wrong. The author has done an excellent job of weaving a plot around typical vampire conditions with mystery, humor, and romance in a way I thoroughly enjoyed. I leave it wanting to compare it to Karen Moning’s Fever series, but of course that one doesn’t do vampires and this one wasn’t as dark. Very enjoyable read.

Verdict: 4.5 star rating! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes vampire books or even urban fantasy readers. It was not heavy at all on the romance. ( )
  nsjlh | Apr 1, 2012 |
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