Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor
Published by Bookouture 2012
Available at Amazon
Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.
For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.
She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for.
Lindsay J. Pryor has developed a captivating story set within a fictional setting of Blackthorn in which the Vampire Control Unit agents are trying to control the various rival groups of Supernatural creatures.
Caitlin works for the VCU as a shadow reader and along with her unit, has been obsessed with bringing down a master vampire, Kane. Caitlin lives and breathes her job but has an ulterior motive behind finding Kane. An evil creature has been killing off her family and she knows that she’s next in line. Her time is running out and she suspects that Kane might be the one vampire who can help her destroy the creature before it destroys her.
Kane has an ulterior motive of his own and allows her to get close. He’s dark, sexy, tortured, and keeps his intentions and motives a mystery throughout most of the book. He’s the ultimate bad boy – and yet he’s irresistible.
The two seem to disappear into their own world within the dark and gritty Blackthorn and through a series of interesting revelations; the author reveals glimpses into both characters and their motives for seeking each other out. Their attraction is instant, despite their circumstance, and they fall in love, despite Caitlin knowing why Kane is holding her and what he intends to do with her. I loved the way he was left torn between his intended goal versus her safety and wellbeing. There are a few flashes of action but also several quieter scenes where Caitlin and Kane are isolated from the world. Fortunately, with some snappy dialogue and intense sexual tension between them, they manage to keep each page turning.
A very well plotted read with lots of twists and turns that tie up nicely at the end. A fabulous read!
Blood Shadows is the first book in the Blackthorn series. Blood Roses will be released in April 2013.