May 3, 2012

Review: The Half-Breed Vampire by Theresa Meyers

Title: The Half-Breed Vampire
Author: Theresa Meyers
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin (Feb. 21st 2012)
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NOTE:  Story is for mature readers due to some sexual content.

Goodreads Synopsis
Ignorant of his true heritage, half-breed Slade Donovan is fated to feel like an outsider among his clan. Until a mysterious woman arrives with the ability to unlock his secrets—and make him crave a future he never believed he could have…. As a game warden, Raina Ravenwing has only one mission in the Cascade Mountains: to hunt down a pack of rare wolves that is terrorizing her tribe. Her instant attraction to Slade is a distraction the beautiful wolf whisperer can't afford, unless she agrees to let him help her. Yet working so closely together only intensifies their passion… even as the unfolding truth of Slade's identity threatens everything Raina holds sacred.


The Half-Breed Vampire is book three in the Sons of Midnight series. I have not, as of yet, read the other books in this series but would certainly be interested in doing so at some point. This review may contain spoilers. I try my best not to give anything away, but in this case, it might be difficult. You've been warned!

Slade Donovan has only been a vampire for about a decade but is one of the best Shyeld's (vampire guards) that the Cascade clan has. Though Slade's specialty is explosives, he's the best tracker they have as well.

Raina Ravenwing is a game warden who has been investigating the disappearance of a teenage boy from her tribe. It's been reported that he was taken by wolves. Raina is in need of Slade's help in order to locate one of the unusually large wolves that have been spotted in the area so that she can tag it and track it.

Slade's commander, Achilles, orders him to help Raina with her mission to locate the wolves. Although he's reluctant (he dislikes cops), Slade won't go against orders. Slade has been dealing with what the clan doctor has termed 'moon sickness', but while he's out tracking the wolves with Raina, he experiences the worst case of moon sickness that's he's ever had. He just doesn't understand what's happening to him, and it's only getting worse.

With the time that he spent with Raina tracking the wolves, Slade not only learns more about Raina, but he learns about his past, a past that he could remember nothing of. Slade learns that he has the Were virus in his blood, which means that although he is now a full-blood vampire, he could transition into a wolf at any time, thus the term 'half-breed' vampire. The only problem is, Slade is afraid of what would happen if that occurs. He's sure that the vampire clan would no longer want him around (he'd be a security risk), and the Were clan wouldn't accept him either. As for Raina, she's her tribe's Wolf Whisperer, the one who connects her tribe with the spirits of their ancestors.

Okay, let me just start out by saying that I did enjoy the story! I liked Theresa's take on vampires and their abilities. I've read other vampire stories where the vampires could transport themselves wherever they needed to go. Well, Theresa's vampires can do the same though maybe in a slightly different way. Plus, they can manifest whatever they need as if by magic, they can turn invisible, and they can be outside during the day, though they don't like to be.

The relationship that developed between Raina and Slade was sweet. She has a thing for bad boys and tries very hard not to think about Slade in any other way than a professional manner. Slade, as I mentioned, he doesn't like cops, and he also tries his best to stay professional when it comes to Raina. Of course, it doesn't work for either of them. :) And as romances are my favorites, I do enjoy a good love scene, but the main love scene in this was kind of disappointing. It was over far too quickly.

Now, although I did like the story, I must admit that I do have some issues with it. In the beginning when Slade takes Raina out to track the wolves, he keeps reminding himself that humans may be aware of vampires now, but they are not aware that Weres exist. So when Slade talks with Raina about the wolves, he intentionally keeps that little tidbit to himself. However, at one point, he says to Raina: "Most shifters don't come out until dusk."  I believe that may have been a mistake because once Slade says that to her, she didn't question his use of the word "shifter'. Something else that confused me was that when Slade does eventually tell Raina about Weres, she actually thinks he's kidding and doesn't believe him. Yet, after they return to the clan complex, Raina tells Slade that her and Achilles believe that Slade is part Were. Unless I missed something here, that didn't make sense to me. Raina didn't know anything about Weres, and suddenly she's telling Slade that her and Achilles believe that Slade is part Were. I even read the book twice which is when this part actually caught my attention. So yeah, I felt there were some inconsistencies within the story plus some spelling and grammatical errors.

As I've already stated, I did enjoy the overall story! And I am interested in reading more of Theresa Meyers' work.

** I received a copy of The Half-Breed Vampire for review as part of the Knights of the Round Table group on Goodreads.**

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