Blade on the Hunt by Lauren Dane
I have a type. I hate to admit it, but I do. Kara Gillian, Raven Storm, Jess Vandermire, Charley Davidson and Rowan Summerwaite to mention a few. Very strong women characters with super hot husbands/boyfriends. Those are the kind of stories that I tend to lean toward as my “go-to” type of story.
Publisher’s Description: “When you awaken, you will have to find her yourself. Or she will find you.”
These were the words given to Rowan Summerwaite by the Goddess as Rowan lay clinging to life. Broken—but not defeated—by the ancient Vampire Enyo.
After weeks of mandatory down time, a recharged and vengeance-fueled Rowan heads out from her father’s Keep, leading a team of some of the most terrifying beings on earth with one goal in mind—track and eliminate the Vampire who attacked her.
But as the team moves across Europe and is hit with wave after wave of attacks, the tensions between Clive Stewart—the haughty, stylish Scion of North America whom Rowan grew even closer to during her recovery—and a rival Vampire ramp up. Befuddled, confused, flattered and annoyed, Rowan’s the woman in the middle. She’s not used to being claimed in a way that’s not about how strong her sword arm is or who raised her. Clive Stewart is everything she shouldn’t want in a man—he’s bossy, he’s a Vampire, and he considers her his—but she’s past denying how it makes her feel that he fights for her the way he does. She’s past denying she’s in love.
In contrast to the uneven footing falling in love has given her, Rowan is utterly certain she will locate her quarry. She’s stronger and more powerful than she’s ever been after the tests and bloody lessons of the last years. Her connection with the Goddess is seamless and the light of her mission burns from within. And she’ll need all the help she can get because it’s not very long before Rowan and her team realize the threat is far greater than one crazy old Vampire. There’s a war brewing and Rowan will fight it to the death. It’s what she was born to do.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Currently, I am reading At Blade’s Edge by Lauren Dane because it’s just released and I could not wait any longer until my schedule allowed for time. I love the Goddess with a Blade series. When I started At Blade’s Edge, I had to hear Clive Stewart’s voice, so I did the reasonable thing and bought the audio book of Blade on the Hunt, book #3.
I got started on audio books upon encouragement of Ivana. I got hooked because the right narrator brings the characters to life. Simone Lewis is the voice of the characters in this series. She did a pretty good job, though Warren Farrelly is Irish and she didn’t quite get that. I was disappointed that Theo didn’t have any accent at all and neither did Rowan. I don’t know what accent I expected, but I did expect some kind of accent – at the very least from Theo. She also didn’t change the character voices much, but since the story is so good, I didn’t quit listening.
What attracted me to this series: Rowan is the vessel for Brigid but she doesn’t end there. She works for Hunter Corp. as an enforcer of sorts. She puts down vampires that stray from the path the treaty ensures for safety of humans. Again, she doesn’t end there. She is the foster daughter of the centuries old “First”. “First” refers to the very first vampire. He is very violent, petulant at times, and very, very dangerous. Rowan seems like she is the only anchor for the “First.” The territories are divided among the strongest of the vampires who all answer to the “First.” Those strong vampires are called Scion. The vampire nation is strong with ritual and protocol in order to create order within the ranks. If none of that makes you want to try this series, I’m not sure what will.
I should put a warning label on this series because there are some pretty hot scenes between Rowan and Scion Stewart. Rowan is a foul mouthed, strong willed, determined female that absolutely tests Scion Stewart’s last nerve…..and she enjoys it! The tension between the two guarantee a blush or two, but what makes the story a page turner is the conspiracy and mystery.
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