Rogue – Sons of Sangue #4 – Patricia A. Rasey

On the romance side, this book was the best of the series so far. Two people who weren’t anything alike yet they have chemistry that you could feel it through the pages. I was rooting for Anton and Kimber to get together since the previous book when we got a peek at their budding romance. It’s the only thing I can say that was good about this whole series.

The plot is what I had problems with. It just had so many unbelievable and unrealistic scenarios that just couldn’t be overlooked. I’ll try to explain as I go along without spoiling too much.

Anton aka Blondy was a Sons of Sangue Motorcycle Club member until he went undercover in a rival club called the Devils after Cara, the mate of the co-president of the Sons and a detective of the local sheriff’s office, asked him to do it.

The owner of the nightclub where the Sons of Sangue hang out and get their blood (they’re also vampires) was under DEA scrutiny for dealing ecstasy so the DEA went through Cara and her partner to get Draven, the club owner to help them catch his dealers who are the Devils who are backed by a cartel.

The Sons have an ongoing beef with the Devils because ten years ago, the Devils killed the president’s adult son on an order from the head of the cartel. The president is also now the mate of Cara, the cop.

That’s all somewhat believable. What’s not believable is how the DEA sends in a captain from the Oregon State Police as their representative to head the investigation. This man happens to be a creep who has plagued Cara throughout her career. Why would the DEA go through so many channels? The author just needed an excuse to put this man back in the tiny Town of Pleasant.

Cara also seems to call all the shots on this federal investigation. She has Anton, who magically and immediately gets accepted by the Devils as a member, spy on them. She makes him keep it a secret from the Sons so that their reactions look real to the Devils. Then she sends a small town reporter down to Santa Barbara (across state lines) to question the Devils to see if she can get them to confess to her that they murdered a member of the Sons of Sangue. That is the most ridiculous plan ever! No way the DEA would allow something this stupid.

I could never stand Cara’s character but now she has a list of things any other outlaw motorcycle club would have, at the very least, kicked her ass for. She kept a secret from them except for her mate but she made him keep it a secret which just puts him more at odds with them. He had just earned their trust back. She puts Anton in with a murdering gang and then she sends in the reporter who is the mate of the vice president of the Sons of Sangue and makes her keep it a secret from her mate and the MC. Cara is a stupid B-word. I was hoping she’d get banned from the club property and business.

I think I’ve suffered enough. This series is too ridiculous for me to continue reading. Why do I always do this to myself? I hold on for way too long, hoping things will get better but, deep down, I knew from the start it wasn’t going to happen.

Gypsy – Sons of Sangue #3 – Patricia Rasey

Ugh! The men in this series are so utterly misogynistic and disrespectful towards women that it turns my stomach. So far, in each of the three books, the male protagonist has treated the female protagonist like crap for at least half of the story so when they finally decide that they can’t live without the woman, it’s too late for them to redeem themselves. In my opinion, unless a woman has done something horrible, there’s never a reason to demean or disrespect her.

This book is about the Vice President of the Sons of Sangue, an outlaw motorcycle club who also happen to be vampires. Grayson aka Gypsy is a womanizer who often takes two women at a time to bed and he never has relationships with them outside of the bedroom so when a woman traps him into mating with her, he is furious.

Tamera knows what the Sons of Sangue are because she is one of their blood donors. She has had a thing for Grayson since the first time she met him. One night when she was drunk and high on ecstasy, Grayson chose her to feed off of and have sex but when he finds out she’s on ecstasy, he backs out and tells her to get dressed. Somehow, a glass gets broken, Grayson gets cut and Tamera latches on to his arm and drinks his blood which automatically mates her to Grayson and starts the process of transforming her into a vampire. It’s something all blood donors know that they can never do.

Grayson has every right to be pissed. He thinks she planned it. He takes her to the clubhouse and refuses to help her through her transition. The male vampire can absorb some of the excruciating pain into himself if he holds the female. I thought that he should have helped her even if she had done it on purpose. Instead, his best friend, Anton did it for him. Instead of feeling gratitude, Grayson gets all territorial and tells Anton it wasn’t right for him to touch his mate. It made me think of an abusive male who leaves his wife but won’t let anyone else have her.

Vlad Tepes…yes, that Vlad (cue the huge eye rolls)…tells Anton that Grayson has one year to claim Tamera as his mate. If he doesn’t, Anton gets her. You know, because women in the twenty-first century are property.

I could not stand Tamera. At first it was because of the way she pined after Grayson even though he treated her like crap and later because she was just a loser deluxe.

Although there are a lot of negative things about this series, there’s an ongoing background story that is pretty interesting. Actually, there are two background stories going on and these save the series. One is the evil primordial, Rosalee, who is trying to destroy the Sons of Sangue by any means to get back at the former president for dumping her. She’s powerful and strong and has already killed a couple of them. The other is about how the Sons want to take down a rival motorcycle gang and the cartel who backs them because they killed the former president’s son ten years ago. These stories save this series from being tossed in the garbage.

I already had the first three books so it wasn’t hurting my pocketbook to read them. I struggled with myself about if I should continue with the series or not but my curiosity about Anton’s plight won out so I bought the next book in the series.

Hawk – Sons of Sangue #2 – Patricia Rasey

I’m still not sold on this series but it’s growing on me. I can’t stand the macho bullshit or how misogynistic the male characters are and how they treat the females like dirt. I just cannot respect any man who treats a woman like crap ever.

I thought Kaleb aka Hawk was a giant dickhole for the way he treated Suzi and his attitude towards all women which was they are only good for sex and feeding. He’s a vampire.

Ten years ago, Kaleb took Suzi’s virginity and walked away from her because he was frightened about how she made him feel. He flaunted tons of women in her face. She turned to his nephew as a friend but he thought they were lovers so when he told Suzi that his nephew, Ion, was murdered and Suzi hadn’t reacted like Kaleb thought she should, he began to hate her. He thought she was cold-hearted.

What Kaleb didn’t know was that Suzi just pretended to date Ion so he could hide the fact that he was gay. She kept his secret after he died.

Suzi is a blood donor for the Sons of Sangue who are all vampires but she retired herself and hid out for six months after Kaleb kissed her one night. Kaleb, who has feelings for her but also hates her demands that she become his personal blood donor to torture her.

I liked Suzi because she had spunk and didn’t make it easy on him at first but she still had feelings for him which bugged me because if someone treated me like that, I could only resent them.

Meanwhile, we still have Rosalee, the primordial vampire with a grudge against Kaleb’s brother Kane. She thinks killing Kaleb will hurt Kane enough that he’ll turn to her. She really has messed up thinking.

I already have the first three books of this series because I purchased them a year or more ago so I’m going to read the next book even though, from the background story, I will probably like the next male protagonist even less because he’s a womanizer.

Until Death We Do Part – Novella in Dark Bites – Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dark-Hunter – a warrior who calls out to the goddess Artemis for vengeance. Artemis created Dark-Hunters to kill Daimons. They are immortal but can’t go out in the sun and they have fangs.

Daimons – the god Apollo created a superior race called the Apollites. Zeus exiled the race to Atlantis and later, after the Apollite queen had Apollos beloved mistress and child killed, Apollo cursed them to not be able to stand the sun, to only live off other Apollite’s blood and to die painfully on their 27th birthday (the age Ryssa, his mistress, had died). To get around the death sentence, some Apollites choose to suck the souls out of humans which makes them live longer but they have to continue to do it over and over again.

Were-Hunter – thousands of years ago a mad king and a god did experiments of Apollites and animals of prey which resulted in them being able to take the form of a human or animal and shifting back and forth into these forms. They can live hundreds and hundreds of years.

I wanted to shake, then choke and then stab the leading lady in the eye because it was obvious from the beginning that she had misjudged her husband, ran and away from him and then hated him for almost 600 years.

This is a Romeo and Juliet meets Dracula story…literally. Esperetta is Vlad Tepes of the House of Dracul’s daughter. She grew up in a nearby convent and believes her father to be a good man and loving father. One evening as she was walking back to the convent from a visit with her father, she was surrounded by men who tried to rape her. She was saved by a man in black armor who turned out to be Velkan of the House of Danesti, known enemies of her father. Esperetta fell in love with Velkan so they eloped and were married. I’m not sure of the exact details but it sounds like they were super happy for a time but something happened to where Velkan came up with a plan to save them from their families.

Velkan told Esperetta that they would both drink a potion that would make it look like they were dead. When her father saw that they were dead, he would leave them alone and then they would escape to Paris and live happily ever after. But that isn’t what happened. Esperetta drank the potion, when she woke up, she was buried. She dug herself out of her own grave which was her worst fear. Velkan had promised her that she wouldn’t be buried. She then went to her father’s house just in time to see Velkan cutting off her father’s head and handing it to her father’s enemies, the Turks. She screamed and ran so Velkan ran after her and told her that her father had stabbed her in the heart when he saw her lying there just to make sure she was dead but she wouldn’t listen. She escaped and never returned.

Present day…Retta aka Esperetta still thinks the worst of her husband even though everyone knows her Vlad Tepes was not the nicest guy. Her friend Francesca, a Were-Hunter who she met just after leaving Romania, has just told her about how Velkan is going to release the remains of her father to be studied and on display which enrages Retta. Over the years, Velkan has turned the legend of her father into a freak show for tourists. He even gave Braum Stoker the information to write his book and later make the movie about Dracula. Francesca tells Retta that she thinks it is sweet that Velkan cares so much about her that he keeps trying to get her attention by doing these things but Retta is just annoyed and has had enough.

She books a flight to Romania to confront Velkan but when she gets there discovers that her friend, Francesca has been lying to her all these years and was sent by Velkan to watch out for her and take care of her. Francesca’s family has always worked for Velkan. Francesca’s mother, Raluca, tells Retta that Velkan always loved Retta and always watched out for her. She tells her that what Velkan said all those years ago was true. After her father had stabbed her in the heart, he tortured Velkan and impaled him. As Velkan was dying he cried out for revenge to the goddess Artemis who made him into a Dark-Hunter. Because Velkan was a great sorcerer, he had bonded himself to Retta at the time of their marriage so when he became immortal so did Retta. That is why she came back to life after she had died.

Also, Raluca tells Retta that there are people wanting to kill her who belong to the Order of the Dragon. The Order of the Dragon originally went after Daimons but have since deviated from their origins and now kill any immortal, not caring if they are good or evil.

Even after hearing all this, Retta is still hating on Velkan. She wasn’t endearing herself to me at all but I liked Velkan and wanted to see him happy so I couldn’t help but want Retta to be safe.

Despite not liking the leading lady, I still enjoyed the story. I love how Sherrilyn can make a story out of real history or mythology and twist it to make an interesting and believable story. She really knows her mythology and history and somehow keeps all the stories and timelines straight in her head. It’s crazy how all of the stories in the series happen either simultaneously or consecutively…well, not exactly consecutively because they all cross over each other’s timelines somehow or somewhere. How the hell does she do it? Maybe I’ll make a timeline and try to….Naw, I’m way too lazy to do that.

This was the 5th book in Dark Bites but the story would be somewhere between book #10 and #11 in the reading order of the Dark-Hunter series. I’d say it was 10.5. Now, I’m going to start reading the next novella in Dark Bites.

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