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Brilliant Alphamale Vampire Romance
on 1 February 2016
J R Ward has created a wonderful modern vampire romance. An intriguing mix of American street culture, vampire warrior society with a healthy dash of fated love. If you are a fan of Alphamale Romance and vampire styles like Laurell K Hamilton's, then you will love this book. (If you are a Twilight / Vampire Accademy style fan then this might not be for you - no teen lit. dramas or constant self reflection here, no sparkly tormented vampires or boyfriend issues.)
Ward's rich modern world depicts much of the common vampire lore we know, but also adds some nice twists, such as; class structure, mating practices and a deity. The writing has a great balance of description and action, and unlike so many other PNR stories, the plot doesn't take second place to the romance. Yes, there is plenty of (steamy!) romance through the the book, but there is also an interesting antagonist with a deadly mission and a rich supporting cast with layers and depths of their own.
From the romance angle, another thing that Ward does so well is the strong Female Lead. This is a hard thing to do in an Alphamale romance, where many authors fall into the trap of claiming the women are strong, before turning them into brainless cabbages once a strong pair of shoulders come along. Ward doesn't make the FL butch or cold but maintains her strength of character through the book, and ensure that the relationship with the muscled fearsome alpha male is one of equality. All in all there are so many winning qualities in this book, that I would even be tempted to recommend it to people not familiar with the vampire genre. It has definitely become a firm favourite of mine and an author I will avidly follow.