06 February 2015

Second Nature (Blood at First Sight Series, #1) by Marie Lavender

 She never expected it…

Desiree Edwards has a problem. She’s been attacked, kidnapped and forced to get along with a vampire of all things. It’s something right out of the story books she reads, or her worst nightmare. But, sometimes he’s not the monster he appears to be. He seems so humanlike that she can’t help it when her emotions betray her, when her body betrays her. To make matters worse, she finds out more about herself than she ever wanted to know.

She was unlike any other…

Alec has a problem. The animal in him wants Desiree. But, so does the man. The more he learns about her, the harder it is to deny what he wants. But, he’s a freak, and she’s just a human. The two species don’t mix that way. Then an old enemy surfaces and Alec is forced to make a choice. His life or hers.

Can Alec’s soul be saved by this unique human? Or will it be far too late?
I’ll go ahead and admit it.  Ever since Twilight, I’ve been a sucker for the forbidden human/vampire romance.  That’s what attracted me to this book, and I was not disappointed.

Desiree has lost in love big time.  She found her husband with another woman and now has supported her own sister in getting married and expecting a baby.  She’s happy for the people in her life who deserve and get love, but finds herself wishing it could be for her.  Alec is a vampire.  He’s old, and has a system for getting his needs met.  But when Desiree comes into the picture, she turns his world upside down.  Can they make this unconventional love and passion work?  Or is it doomed before it can begin?

This book was a pretty exciting read.  It was not a traditional love story at all, in my opinion.  I mean, it kind of has a creepy stalker type vibe to it.  But hey, the guys a vampire…not human…so it works.  It doesn’t try to fit Alec into the confines of the human world, and I think that’s why I was able to overlook a bit of his creepiness.  I guess you could say that the world building was good enough that the whole thing came together pretty well and was an easy to follow and interesting story.

I thought this book went a bit deeper into the romance than these books tend to.  It’s a bit overdramatic in parts, but for the most part I thought the questions it raises about the nature of relationships were very interesting.  Overall, I enjoyed it.  4 stars.


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