Blood Wars Book 2 (Each book is a standalone)
Kiera Rossard’s secret life just got complicated. When not being a vampire aristocrat she’s leader of the Nightshade League, a rebel vampire society that rescues werewolves during the interspecies war. Everyone wants her dead—vampires and the werewolves who don’t know her secret. Starting with the wolf she just saved—Michael Durand, the most vicious killer of her kind in existence. Something about the notorious werewolf sets her blood on fire.
She’s not good at resisting temptation. So what if vampires always bite when they’re turned on? And so what if one drop of his blood will kill her? What’s life without a little risk?
Michael doesn’t like vampires. At all. But now he’s losing his mind over the dark desire Kiera stirs in him. He should plot her death. Only, she’s hot and mouthy. Staying near her a bit longer is irresistible. When unforgiving forces hone in on her secret identity, he must decide between duty to his people and protecting her. But if he stays, who will protect her from him?
Each book in the Blood Wars series is STANDALONE:
* The Way You Bite
* Nightshade's Bite
I’m a sucker for vampire stories (haha, pun was not intended, but now it’s totally intended). I’m an even bigger sucker for vampire and werewolf stories ESPECIALLY if there is a love story involved. In Zoe Forward’s Nightshade’s Bite, I got all my boxes ticked...mostly.
Kiera and Michael are each badasses in their own right. Kiera’s mission in leading the Nightshade League and defying her so-called inherent right to hate all werewolves is just sexy. Resistance against hating others for simply being who they are is sexy people. On the other hand, Michael’s grumpiness and eons age weariness is a great backstory for him. What can I say, I like grumpy dudes with a good heart.
Overall, I loved the love story concept between Kiera and Michael. Fated mates who definitely should not be together is my catnip. HOWEVER, one of the many pitfalls of the fated mates trope is that there is danger of insta-love...and I don’t like insta-love. There is some hesitancy, especially since any taste of Michael’s blood will kill Kiera, but just not as much as I would like.
I also found myself skimming past a lot of the story to get to the interactions between Kiera and Michael. I just didn’t find myself caring too much about the rest of the story that wasn’t about their unfolding love story. And then I still found myself not getting all I wanted from that story either.
Nightshade’s Bite has great reviews on Goodreads, so, it’s doing something right for people. I just found myself wanting more. It did give me major Underworld vibes, so I’m gonna go watch that now. If you read this book, let me know what you think!