Allison Carmichael is thirsty for blood and hungry for answers.
Lured away from her illicit extracurricular activities by news about her kidnapped husband, Allison rejoins her adopted family that’s promised to help her find him. Allison’s search is detoured, however, by sinister vampire politics, the seeming good will of her fanged family, and the return of her nemesis. Circumstances unfold that shatter the foundation of her world.
In order to successfully play the game she has been thrust into, Allison must battle loss and betrayal and accept unexpected love.
THE SEARCH is on for answers, but when answers are found, will they be what Allison was looking for?
We reached the apartment and I punched the security code into the keypad as I steadied Joe with my left arm. The lock clicked and I pushed the door open. We entered the dark apartment, the only illumination coming from the cityscape visible through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Which city, I hadn’t a clue. I’d traveled to so many cities over the past several months that they all looked the same. This was just another metropolis with an overabundance of skyscrapers, congested freeways and plenty of places like the lounge to inconspicuously pick up an easy meal, like Joe.
“Where’s the light?” Joe groped the wall in search of a switch.
“We don’t need light.” I grabbed Joe by the shirt and pushed him against the wall. I pressed my body against his as I kicked the door closed with my other foot.
“I like it. A woman who takes control and knows what she wants.”
“I know what I want, alright.”
Joe panted with anticipation. I could feel his heart beating beneath his shirt, now damp with perspiration. I yanked at his collar, exposing his neck. Though the room was dark, my eyes could see the vein thumping under his skin with every beat of his heart. I licked his neck and the saltiness was enough to make the venom angrier. It swirled more powerfully in my stomach and steamrolled through my veins. Desire was flush throughout my body; I yearned for nourishment. My legs tingled with anticipation. I opened my mouth and felt my fangs emerge; a drop of venom numbed my tongue for a second. I threw my head back, ready to strike when the light flicked on.
“What in the hell?” I shouted at Joe, assuming he had found the light switch.
It took his mortal eyes a few seconds to adjust to the surroundings, which was enough time for my fangs to retract without him noticing. Joe rubbed his eyes with both hands and I realized he couldn’t have turned on the light; the switch was out of reach. I turned around.
“Hello, Allison,” a female voice greeted from across the room.
“Marlo?” I was shocked by the unexpected appearance of the woman I had once, not too long ago, considered like a sister.
At the end of The Descendant, the first book in the series (see my review), Allison Carmichael is confused, lonely and just a wee bit upset at how her life had changed from what she once knew. She takes off and leave the Drakes and everyone else behind. Book 2, The Search, picks up months after Allison had fled. She has been binging on humans the entire time. Not good. She is at risk for exposing vampires to the mortal world, but she doesn’t seem to care. All she cares about is satisfying the need, the drive for human blood. Well, and she says she’s still searching for her husband Matt. Must be in between the humans she’s consuming!
I liked the first book The Descendant because it was a vampire story but with a twist that I haven’t read before. There are a lot of surprises in this book and it floored me so much that I had to message the author and tell her “Holy shizz!!” I really didn’t see a lot of the surprises coming and I liked that a lot. I like when a story can surprise me and make me go “Wow. Didn’t see that one coming!” Kelley is such a great story teller too. I love all her characters, even the bad ones because, as Shrek says, they are like onions…..they have layers. They aren’t one dimensional or even predictable. Kelley also knows how to build up the suspense and drama and tension in a story, as well as make it sexy. I actually think I like this book better than the first!! If you haven’t read the first one, go get it (here for only $0.99!!), then you can read this one! I give this book 5 books!
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About the Author
What do most people do when they go through a midlife crisis – buy a sports car or get a makeover? Not Kelley Grealis. Her career midlife crisis reignited her passion for creative writing.
A worker-bee by day, writer by night, Kelley is the author of The Descendant Vampire Series. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two cats, riding her Harley, enjoying what few days of sunshine there are in Cleveland, and dreaming up the next story she wants to tell. Kelley is a graduate of both Baldwin Wallace College and Cleveland State University.
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