Sunday, 11 March 2012

Damon by Teresa Gabelman

(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
Nicole lives in a world where humans and vampires co-exist. As someone who has been through the foster system themselves, Nicole now works as a social worker, helping other kids who are being fostered.

There are problems within the fostering system that are new though. People are draining vampires of their blood and selling it as an illegal drug called Crimson Rush, and now Nicole is getting herself into dangerous situations by randomly visiting families who are fostering vampire children and selling their blood. As she has already been attacked more than once, her boss Mitch has arranged for some vampire warriors to train Nicole and her colleagues in self-defence, and this is how Nicole meets Damon.

Damon is a warrior vampire. He’s tall, dark, and hansom, and he’s instantly attracted to Nicole. He feels the need to protect her, which is good because someone out there wants Nicole dead, and without his protection, they may just get their wish. Nicole is married to her job though, and getting her to take time off, or to not put herself in dangerous situations for her kids just isn’t going to happen, and Damon wonders whether his attraction for her just puts her in even more danger.

This book was pretty good. I found it a little awkward in the beginning, but this abated as the book got going. It reminded me a little of J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, with a vampire falling in love with a human, and the fact that Damon was some sort of warrior vampire protecting Nicole.

The idea of vampire children was an interesting one. Vampires couldn’t have children; these were human children that had been turned into vampires in order for drug users to harvest their blood. The children would forever remain at the age at which they had been turned, but would still mature emotionally. Imagine being in a six-year-olds body for eternity!

I did find the erotica to be the strongest part of the book rather than the other storylines, but overall it was an enjoyable read.
7 out of 10.
(Book Length: 2149 Kindle locations)

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