On vacation, seasoned vampire hunter Mihaela sees vampires stalking a little boy through Edinburgh and rescues him, plunging her into the midst of a deadly struggle for power between warring vampires. To make matters even more complicated, she unexpectedly encounters and ends up saving Maximilian, the lethal, mysterious vampire that saved her life months ago and of whom she has been having erotic thoughts and dreams ever since. Mihaela and Maximilian must work together to keep a gifted child safe and stop vampires from causing a catastrophic earthquake that could destroy the earth and kill millions. Neither is prepared for how their temporary alliance will change their lives profoundly.
The lone survivor of a childhood vampire attack that killed her mother, father, and sister, Mihaela lives only to hunt and destroy vampires, hoping to find and kill the vampire who destroyed her life. A fierce and deadly hunter, she is suspicious, closed off, intense, and does not trust easily. In spite of Mihaela’s determination to keep him at a distance, Maximilian breaks through all her barriers, easing his way into her heart. Though her constant mistrust, anger, and hostility is understandable because of her tragic past, at times the way she treats Maximilian is frustrating and annoying. Nevertheless, she is an admirable heroine because of her strength, compassion, and how awesome a hunter she is.
A gifted and talented artist, Maximilian is powerful, sexy, enigmatic, dangerous, and lost. He is haunted by guilt because of choices and decisions from his past, including betraying a friend to become a powerful leader in the vampire world. He has lived in isolation for centuries, barely feeding and living, merely existing, until Mihaela comes back into his life inspiring him with her courage, passion, strength, and beauty to want to live again. Maximilian is full of contradictions. Although he is an incredibly powerful and deadly predator, he is also gentle, compassionate, and deeply emotional.
Treanor’s complex and wonderfully developed characters and the progression of the relationship between Mihaela and Maximilian—particularly how it changes them both—make Blood Guilt a pleasure to read. The sexual tension and chemistry between them is scorching-hot with sexy, intimate, and intensely emotional love scenes that not only explore their connection but also adds layers to who they are beyond vampire and vampire hunter.
While Blood Guilt is the first book in Treanor’s Blood Hunters series and for the most part can stand alone, it is a sequel to the Awakened by Blood trilogy and discusses a number of events that take place within the last book of that series. With deftly-written characters, suspense, action, story progression and character interactions that keep the pages turning from beginning to end, Blood Guilt is a steamy, angsty, action-packed, suspenseful vampire romance about the miraculous healing and redemptive power of love and forgiveness.
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Publisher: Amazon (June 3, 2012)
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