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Engaging characters, fast paced stories, vivid details, and a passionate love story25 Jan. 2008
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Vampire Mignon Du Plessis is on a mission. She is hunting rogue vampire Charles who has been on a killing spree in New Orleans. Mignon has a personal stake in this hunt as well. Charles is the vampire who turned her, 250 years ago when she was his slave, and who stole her children away and sold them to a brothel.
Ryan Lattimore is the police detective investigating a rash of murders that leave the bodies drained of blood and the heads cut off. When staking out the local morgue, Ryan never expected the latest set of bodies to rise up from death, or to be a witness to a woman beheading them!
Soon Ryan learns that what has only ever lived in nightmares is in fact real, and he teams up with the mysterious, and sexy as all get out, Mignon, to get to the bottom of the murdering spree. Neither expected that a love strong enough to defy even death would bond them.
Then there is the fact the government seems a lot more interested in this case than they should be....
Mignon is good at what she does, working as a venator (assassin) for the Vampire Praetorium, the tribunal that makes and upholds the laws to protect vampires from being discovered by human society. She is also a nurturer, holding on to her old ties to humanity through generations of her descendants. This makes for quite a fascinating contrast in her personality. When she meets Ryan, all her beliefs go out the window as she struggles with her attraction to him, knowing they can never be together and wars with the belief of the Praetorium that the number of humans who know about the vampires should be kept at a minimum and accidental discovery means death for the humans.
Charles is a truly evil vampire, warped by centuries of undead life and getting worse by the day. When his plan is discovered and we finally learn why he is slaughtering so many humans, the horror of it is tremendously shocking. His schemes cause a strong sense of urgency as we know time is counting down to destroy him before he can destroy the human race.
Blood Lust would not be complete without the exceptional cast of supporting characters. I too came to adore Elder Turi, as Mignon did, for his quintessential charm and the wisdom gleaned from his thousands of years as a vampire. Max and Solomon make the perfect companions for Mignon, and these three together are absolutely unstoppable. Women reading this book will be falling in love with these two and eager to learn their stories.
I've been reading writing duo JM Jeffries' work for several years and know that I am guaranteed a good story no matter what they write. Blood Lust is exactly what I've come to expect of them. Engaging characters, fast paced stories, vivid details, and a passionate love story - what more could you ask for? How about a sequel? Lucky for us Blood Seduction is already available as well!
In 1745 Martinique, Master Charles Rabelais informs his slave Mignon Du Plessis that he sold their two preadolescent children. Distraught, but unable to do anything about his atrocity, Mignon is forced to endure the sexual needs of her owner who reveals fangs and bites her neck.
In present day New Orleans, police Detective Ryan Lattimore his superior and another cop stake out the city morgue in an attempt to capture the "Vampire Slayer". Suddenly a beautiful woman enters with an axe. He tries to intercede, but stops when he sees corpses begin to rise. She decapitates them before trying a chanting spell on the cop that shockingly fails. She drives away from the area while Ryan remains stunned.
Mignon is upset that he had not caught Charles because of the cop's involvement, which interfered with her assignment from the Vampire ruling Praetorium council to kill him. As she continues her work, Ryan catches up with Mignon who takes him into an underworld he never imagined existed even as the mortal and the vampire are attracted to one another, an impossible scenario.
This action-packed vampire romantic police procedural thriller rotates between the present and the 1740s with most of the emphasis on today though the past provides deep insight into the motivation of the heroine and the lunacy of Charles. The story line moves at a lightning fast-pace, but the key cast members are fully developed including the ruling pro-life council; readers especially can feel the desire between the mortal cop and the bloodsucker, seemingly forbidden fruits. Readers will believe that vampires exist in this fine tale that makes the supernatural species seem genuine as they live amongst us life short-timers.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.5 Stars!12 Sept. 2005
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In 1745 Mignon Du Plessis had been a black slave. Her white owner, Charles Rabelais changed Mignon into a vampire so he could keep her forever. But history shows us that times change. In New Orleans, where most of this story is set, Charles Rabelais is a rogue vampire, being hunted by his brethren. Charles is out to turn all the dangerous mortal criminals into vampires. Mignon is a member of "the Praetorium". (This is like a vampire government.) The Praetorium was formed long ago to protect the vampires from the humans. A sect of this organization is the "the Venator". A Venator protects the humans from the bad vampires. These vampires hunt down and execute rogue vampires. Mignon is such a being. She has orders from the Praetorium to hunt down and execute Charles. She has two other Hunters with her, Solomon ben Zafir and Maximus Severus. The three go hunting each night to exterminate the vampires that Charles has recently created. No one uses guns in these fights. They would not work anyway. Executions are done with all different types of blade weapons.
Detective Ryan Lattimore is a former Special Forces Operative. He does not get paid much at the New Orleans Police Department, but he believes in justice. Lieutenant Barton, his boss, has him staking out the county morgue. Someone has been going into the cold room and decapitating the dead bodies. This is how he meets the babe with the axe! He believes she is crazy and is about to try to arrest her when the dead bodies begin coming to life. Mignon ends up saving his life from the new vampires Charles had made that day. Mignon tries to enchant Ryan into forgetting everything, but he is a rare type of mortal that is immune to vampire enchantments. Of course, Ryan cannot tell his boss the truth of what happened in the morgue that night. So Ryan lets his boss think he was sloppy in his job that night. But Ryan refuses to just forget all he has seen. He shows up at the home of Lucas Du Plessis, a descendant of Mignon. Surprisingly, Lucas has been expecting Ryan and escorts him to Mignon. Ryan and Mignon are attracted to each other, yet neither trusts the other either. Ryan cannot arrest Mignon for killing someone who is already dead and the stories Mignon is filling his head with are straight out of a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" show. It is all unbelievable ... at least it was until he began to see it all for himself.
Mignon and her two partners begin teaching Ryan to fight with blade weapons. The only way to convince Ryan that what they say is true, is to show it to him and let him experience it all himself. The Praetorium rule is to kill any mortal immune to enchantment in order to protect the brethren. Yet Mignon finds herself reluctant to kill Ryan. He is not evil. In a way, they are on the same side, the side of Justice. So Mignon teaches Ryan. Once Charles has been taken care of she can decide whether to kill Ryan or not.
Things become much more complicated when a secret branch of the U.S. Department of Defense begins popping up. They are after Charles, but once they learn of Mignon they decide to capture her too. They call themselves "The Vamp Squad". They plan to recruit vampires into becoming a special military group that would deal with terrorism. All the Vamp Squad members are immune to vampire enchantments. One member, Ursula Carlson, is undercover in the NOPD. She is pretending to be with the FBI and out to help Ryan with his case.
***** If you love dark romance blended together with vampires, then this book has been taylor made just for you! Author J.M. Jeffries is a team of two authors who have proven themselves to be dark masters of the underworld. Do not let the cover fool you. No matter what race or background you are, you will find yourself sucked into this story and engrossed in the believable tale that will weave itself before your eyes. Mignon is a lady that you cannot help but cheer on as she fights for what is right. I not only recommend this title to those who enjoy vampire romances, I strong urge them to buy this book! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Can you fall in love with a vampire and survive?9 Nov. 2005
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Mignon was a slave who was turned into a vampire. Her master, Charles Rabelais, changed her a couple of centuries ago, and she's never forgiven him nor forgotten it. In BLOOD LUST by J. M Jeffries, we find her in the present time, still as angry with Charles as she was when he owned her. She's angry that he sold her children and that he has turned her into the undead. Charles has not changed over the centuries; indeed, if anything, he's worse. Mignon and her fellow vampires attempt to find Charles because they know he's doing evil.
New Orleans police detective Ryan Lattimore is searching for a serial killer in New Orleans' warehouse district when his path crosses Mignon's. Sparks fly as he admires the beautiful young woman, and she returns the lustful feelings. It is a star-crossed situation if there ever was one.
J. M. Jeffries has created an exciting novel that combines the natural with the supernatural. It is full of suspense, unexpected twists and turns, and even as you acknowledge that it is pure fantasy, you find yourself becoming a true believer in vampirism. This book makes you sit on the edge of your seat as you flip the pages, wondering what on earth can possibly happen next. Even those who are not big romance fans will find this a delightful, suspenseful read.
Reviewed by alice Holman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
She's Gonna Hafta Write More!!!!27 Oct. 2005
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This is a really great story with much potential for a even greater series. I look forward to reading what she does with the other male vampires in this book. It one of those books that was hard for me to put down!!!