Grave Expectations by Lina Gardiner
I have waited since 2009 to find out what happens in this series. I’m glad that that I was lucky enough to be around to grab it.
Publisher’s Description:Tough vampire cop, Jess Vandermire, fights against her undead brethren in New York City to protect the two men she loves more than life itself. But Jess is waging a personal war, too—to save the tiny shred of soul she has left. If she loses, so does the city…
For decades, Jess Vandermire, has been fighting the city’s biggest threat—deadly hunters in the night. But with John ‘Britt’ Brittain, by her side, there’s nothing she can’t handle. That is, until now. Suddenly…
The vampires Jess and Britt are hunting aren’t acting like normal bloodsuckers. They’re braver, smarter…and harder to kill.
The Vatican has ordered Jess’s brother, Father Regent Vandermire, to save the soul of a massive, bloodthirsty creature. But his prayers aren’t working. And if the monster gets much bigger, the whole city will need them.
Her beloved Britt is once again in her life. But until he understands his newfound powers, he won’t touch her. Because there’s a good chance his love might kill her…
Jess quickly realizes she and Britt aren’t powerful enough to handle the upcoming challenge alone. There’s only one man who can help—evangelist Malcolm Fisk. Too bad they can’t trust him…
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. (In other words… SPOILERS)
The cover art is fantastic! The characters and the story are pretty good. I like Jess, Britt & Regent. Father Regent the most, I think. The characters are a little two dimensional in parts of the book, but the story is good. There are two parts of the story that ends up funneling into one at the end. Basically, Jess, Britt & Regent have to save a voracious vampire. Save you ask? Yes, that’s what I said. Save. Impossible, you say? Well, they have no choice but to succeed. Truly, when the Vatican says “all will be lost”, it really will be. The identity of the vampire is hidden until the end and when you find out who he is you’ll all say, “Ohhhhhh……ok.” A LOT of my questions were answered in the end, so that was satisfying.
The good: John “Britt” Brittain is still alive. If you remember from Book 3, he was resurrected for some unknown reason. Regent is back from Rome, and he’s young again. Whaaaat? Yeah, you heard me. Seems like the Vatican has a super power they use for special occasions. Britt is powerful – like strong muscle-wise – but also has a blue light that he can manifest to “poof” vamps. Pretty handy for a vampire hunter, right?
The bad: Britt won’t love on Jess because he’s afraid he’ll “poof” her. This leads to a lot of sexual frustration and that scene is played out again and again. I was hoping it would have a little variation, but it really didn’t. Malcolm Fisk is an evangelist that can only see dollar signs. He uses his blue light to help “heal” vampires for a short time. He knows that the blue light is addictive to them, but like a good drug dealer, takes their money anyway. Problem is – he’s short sighted. He doesn’t think of what will happen when he can’t deliver anymore. Whew – that’s gonna be a whole lot of vampire hurt, don’tcha think?
The ugly: I’m not going to ruin the ending for you, but you will have to get through a little ugly to get to the ending. It’s a good ending and don’t worry – no cliffhanger. Also, I hate to comment negatively, but there were some things that bugged me. Little inconsistencies that I saw that made me go “huh”. There wasn’t anything totally story ruining and I could get over it, but still.
I really want to go 4 on this book because it was a good story and it was written pretty well, but I just can’t do it. 3.5 is a maybe……. I’m thinking 3.33. It was better than a 3, but the inconsistencies bugged me and the duplicated (nearly) sex scenes kinda were predictable. BUT I liked the story. Ok. I think I’m going to settle on a 3.5 because of the fact the story was good. Yeah. That’s settled.
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If you like this book, try:
- Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill
- Dark Days series by Jocelynn Drake
- Anna Strong series by Jeanne C. Stein