Series: The Order of The Senary Series #2
Genres: Dystopian Romance, Paranormal Romance
Also by this author: Sweet Sacrifice
Fledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match.
Not even his past life as a former marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight.
After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who've wronged her, including every member of Jon's vampire bloodline. But Jon's soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray.
As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear--
I love PNR and I am always on the hunt for something different than what has become so main stream. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE some of the main stream PNR; its just nice to be able to find something with a different take on the genre. So, when I was approached by LD Rose, I was excited to give her book a shot! Also, the series is in KU, so if you are a KU reader, you can grab it for free!
Let me get this out of the way first. I HATE the heroine’s name. Lawan. It just didn’t work for me. It feels like the name of a black male, not a 20 something Asian female. However, in my curiosity, I looked the name up. Turns out it is a Thai name that means beautiful. I am still not a fan, but it is very fitting for her character.
Tangent aside, Rose has created a bit of a PNR with a dystopian twist. Vampires, hybrids, leeches, and a few humans all inhabit New York. The humans are less common though and have been mostly run out of town for fear of being food for the vampires! So, right away you realize its not vampires living in hiding. Its the humans who are having to hide! Jon, our hero, is a new vampire who is working with a group of hybrids to get rid of the ‘leeches’ (vampires who kill humans without compunction). In his work to eliminate the leeches, he comes across Lawan, who is on her own revenge mission to take out all vampires who have hurt her. Her back story is tragic to say the least. I was unsure how I would feel about a romance between these two because both are pretty damaged but it worked in this setting. Overall, the story is a bit dark, so its fitting that their love is on the dark side as well.
The plot is fast and you will have to pay attention to every detail. Its also a bit on the gory side, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!
In order to really understand the world that Rose has created, you need to read the series in order. If you like your PNR mixed with a bit of urban fantasy and a dash of dystopia, The Order of the Senary is a solid pick. If you like your PNR more adult than popular picks like Twilight or Lady Midnight or the like, this series fits the bill nicely.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: vampires, dystopian
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- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
Semi-charmed by Isabel Jordan, Blood Hunger by LE Wilson, Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning…then you will probably like Black Bullet!