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A Kiss of Blood

Pamela Palmer

Avon

Mass Market

978-0062107534

****1/2

 

Once Quinn Lennox left Vamp City, she did not want to return. But her brother defied warnings and left Washington, D.C. Now he’s sick with a magical illness, and Quinn hopes a return to Vamp City will fix these problems. Then she learns to her horror that the neighbor she has trusted as a friend is actually a vampire. He’s a friend of Arturo Mazza, and he’s keeping an eye on her for him.

When Traders find her, Arturo comes as well. They go back to V.C., bringing her brother Zack along. The alternate world continues to fall apart, and as it deteriorates, so does the moral character of the vampires. Quinn is helping Arturo rediscover his better qualities, but can this sorceress gain control of her powers and save V.C.?

This is Pamela Palmer's second "Vamp City" novel, and while this tale can stand alone, readers will benefit from reading A Blood Seduction first. As Arturo's character changes, the romance aspect of this entry is more present and satisfying. And while the tale is end is not precisely a cliffhanger, the series clearly needs to continue to complete the overall story arc.

Heather Nordahl Files

 

A Love Untamed

Pamela Palmer

Avon Mass Market

978‑0062107510

*****

 

Unlike some, Kieran is not entirely surprised when he becomes the new Fox Feral Warrior--he knows there is fox blood in his family. This change sends him to Feral House to join his new warrior siblings and their mates. The Feral Warriors are under attack by new warriors who are in the thralls of the evil Mage. Then things become inexpressibly worse when the Warriors' Radiant, Kara, is kidnapped by the evil warriors.

Getting Kara back will be a challenge because of strong and disorienting magic. They have allies in the Illinas, and Kieran--now called Fox--tries to use his charms on beautiful Illina Melisande, but she’s not easily won. An unimaginably brutal long‑ago experience left her with a blazing hatred of all like him and a horror of being touched by a man. They will need to learn to trust, for they must work together on the mission to rescue Kara, and their enemies will throw challenges at them that could cost them their lives.

Pamela Palmer's latest has a timeline that overlaps with the prior tale in the series.  This book is best read with at least that book, as well as the rest of a truly magnificent series. That said, this tale combines a moving love story between a persistent man and the wary object of his affection with a quest that requires its seekers to intuit traps and puzzles worthy of cinematic interpretation. All who value good storytelling should not miss this one!

Heather Nordahl Files

 

Ecstasy Untamed

Pamela Palmer

Avon

Mass Market

978‑0061794735

*****

 

Faith lives in Poland, helping street kids get out of the trap of drugs, prostitution and despair before it swallows them alive. She is a Therian and, therefore, immortal, but her youthful looks and colorful, edgy style help to draw the people she needs to help. Then she meets handsome, arrogant Maxim and knows immediately she is to be his mate, though she doesn't like him very much. She drops everything and flies to America to be with him, as he becomes the newest Feral Warrior.

Hawke is one of the Feral Warriors. He immediately knows how special Faith is and that she could be the one for him. But she is already claimed, and though there seems to be a dysfunctional vibe between Faith and Maxim, she still stays with him. Hawke was recently caught in a spirit trap, and ever since then his animal, a hawk, has been disconnected from the man. If the rift is not healed, it will become permanent and Hawke will die. Even as he suffers, he worries about Faith. He is convinced Maxim is hurting her, but he has no idea of the horrors she is suffering and the new battle to come.

This is the sixth book in Pamela Palmer's "Feral Warriors" series, and while it stands alone perfectly, readers will want to read every book in the series! This tale is not for everyone because the abuse and helplessness Faith endures is hard to take. However, readers can trust that she will emerge stronger and make it to her happy ending, no matter how much she (and Hawke, a magnificent hero) endure along the way.

Heather Nordahl Files

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