I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Bad Blood by Nikki Jefford
Series: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #3
Published by Acorn Valley Publishing on June 2nd 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Aurora returns from boot camp to a new assignment, an unwelcome roommate, and the increasingly amorous attentions of a certain vampire hunter.
College is starting, and so is Aurora’s undercover work at a network of swanky parties known as “Tastings” for high rolling vampires who like their blood laced with fine wine. But Aurora’s not the only one on the prowl. An underground investigation is under way to find out who killed one of Anchorage’s most prominent vampires… and Aurora is a prime suspect.
Book 1: Aurora Sky FREE
I’m super psyched to share this with you guys. This is one of my favorite parts where Aurora just shows how well she can shine. The girl doesn’t like stilettos but who can walk around in those things every day? Certainly not me! I love this excerpt but it is a bit… uhh… intense! I hope you enjoy!
Thick black curtains covered the windows. A sick sense of déjà vu came over me. The last time I worked alone was when Dante left me with Ivo and Patrick during my first mission in Fairbanks. I’d gone off to Ivo’s bedroom, and I’d killed him, but not before he tossed me around and bruised me up.
I could pass on the pre-kill beating. Jeremy needed to suck my blood so I could end his life without a struggle.
Speaking of the undead devil… I turned in time to catch Jeremy’s sleazy smile. Guess he wasn’t immune to my feminine charms after all.
“Who told you about me?”
He could only mean one thing by that. He’d made the correct assumption that I knew what he was.
“A friend,” I answered.
Jeremy smirked. Apparently that was good enough for him.
“I’ll suck you if you suck me.” He looked down at his crotch.
My nose wrinkled. God, I missed Marcus’ parties.
I inched toward him and bent my head to one side. “You first.”
Jeremy made no movement toward me. I tried not to tap my stiletto heel on the hard floor.
“My house. My rules. Get on your knees.”
Giving up all pretense of flirting, I full-on glared at the jerk. Guess things were going to have to get rough. But first, the stilettos had to go. I kicked them off. Not only did it give me better footing, but the action distracted Jeremy. He smiled slightly. Maybe he thought I was getting more comfortable before kneeling on the floor.
In his undead dreams.
I moved around him swiftly. The phone cord unraveled from my hand in spirals. Quick as a whip, I wrapped the loose ends around each wrist. My arms lifted above his head, in a forward rowing motion as though pulling an invisible hood over his face. There was no time to hesitate. I pulled back.
Jeremy let out a shocked breath followed by a weird slurping sound.
With the element of surprise in my favor, I pulled the cord around his neck tighter.
Expelling a grotesque gag, Jeremy took a step forward. I moved with him, keeping a death grip on the cord even as it bit into my palms.
Jeremy tried to shake me off by moving side to side while I attempted to follow his every gesture.
Reaching back, he slapped at my side. He probably meant to punch me, but couldn’t quite manage it with my body molded against his back and his windpipe blocked off.
Suddenly, he stopped smacking me and pushed back with all his weight, which was considerable. Thank god I’d chucked the stilettos. He would have had me on my back in a heartbeat, then guess who’d be backed against the floor with an angry vampire’s hands around her neck?
Not much of a multiple choice question. Answer: A—Aurora.
Characters arcs! There are so many in this one. At first I was curious if the characters were going to learn and grow because really they all seem stuck in their own existence. Each of them are pretty damn stubborn and that’s great for a few books but it can get old. Fortunately, I feel that they are starting to learn but especially Aurora. I like her but her defiance and I’m better than everyone else attitude was almost getting on my nerves. It didn’t quite get to that though because finally she is learning!
I hope so anyway.
And then we have the rest of them. Fane, Dante, Val, and Noel. They all seemed pretty mired as well. Fane and Noel weren’t exactly in this book much but the parts with them had me on the edge of my seat. If you read the previous book where we got to see from Noel’s perspective then we know why and what she is going through. I just felt like it was time for Aurora to stop being so into herself and to start seeing that other people are going through stuff too!
And that is exactly what happened. And so much more! Surprisingly, although this book had the intensity to be the end of the series, it is not. The intensity is definitely there and I was curious how everything was going to come together with only 5% left on my Kindle. And then it happened…
Of course. But, I have to say, even with the angst and ups and downs of relationships, a love triangle, and lots of feelings that are just scewed beyond belief, this was one great book. I was pleasantly surprised because after reading Stakeout and how that ended (!!!!), I wasn’t sure how things were going to move along.
So… I’m sad that I have to wait for the next book but I’m really excited about the next one. Hunting Season looks to come out in November! Reading about vampires and revenge is perfect for Thanksgiving vacation! Cannot wait!
How do you feel when a great series has cliff hangers?
Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands (WA) where she is, once more, neighbors with Canada in a town without a single traffic light.
She married the love of her life, Sebastien, while working as a teaching assistant in France. They reside with their Westie, Cosmo in Friday Harbor.
Loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt.