Viper – Sons of Sangue #1 – Patricia Rasey

I decided to give this series a second chance, mostly because I already have the first three books in the series and because money is tight right now. I started reading this about a year ago but was turned off by the oversimplification of the characters or maybe just how she went with the stereotypical characterization of bikers and vampires. There was also a serious lack of any kind of humor and I was disconnected from any of the characters. I had quit at 21% of the book. I read the entire book this time and my opinion has improved somewhat.

The book is about biker vampires. The setting was the best part of all because it is in Lane County, Oregon near the coast which I’m familiar with since I live near there. Yay Oregon!

Kane aka Viper is the president of an outlaw motorcycle club called the Sons of Sangue. I immediately thought he was a selfish pig by his thoughts on how women are not good for anything except for drinking blood from and having sex. When his blood donor and sometimes sexual partner of three years ends up being the third victim in a string of murders, he doesn’t waste a thought about her except that it is an inconvenience. Sociopath came to my mind.

Cara is the detective looking into the murders of the three blonde women who fit Kane’s type of women he prefers. She and her partner have no leads so they do what all unprofessional police officers do and goes to harass the local motorcycle club.They do this repeatedly in the book.

Cara has her own history with Kane. Ten years ago, she saw him in the bathroom of a club having sex with a blonde. She saw his fangs come out as he bit into her neck so she ran. She moved out of the little town to Eugene, Oregon where she became a cop but has now moved back to Pleasant to work for the local sheriff’s office.

Cara and Kane have the hots for each other.

I never really warmed to either of the protagonists but I did like one of the characters, Suzi. I thought she was need at first but changed my mind later. She had a little spunk to her.

I didn’t hate this book. The plot, while simple, was interesting but I can’t say I loved it either. I have the next two books so I will go ahead and read them but after that, who knows.

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