The Ties That Bleed (Kindle Edition) by Jami Deise 4 Stars

Diana works for a special division of the FBI that hunts vampires, that have basically gone rogue. While on a mission she is almost killed and decides it’s time to hang things up. She gets out of the field, gets married, has a child, and begins teaching the next generation of vampire hunters. Diana yearns to go back into the field but she stays home, taking care of her family for 10 years. Then the vampire she thought she’d killed 10 years ago comes back for revenge. Now her family is in danger, and nothing will keep her from hunting him down again.

Diana is hard and sometimes cold when it comes to others in her life. She’s always on guard, trying hard to keep the secret of vampires from her loved ones. She isn’t always nice, but she’s usually honest, unless she’s talking to her family, then she has to lie about her job, and about her secret life, in order to protect them.

The cover of this book is somewhat misleading. Looking at it, I would expect it to be a paranormal romance, but it’s anything but romantic (although there is a hot vampire in it). The story is a gritty urban fantasy, and that’s just the way I like them.

Definitely a page turner and I had a really hard time putting it down. The story is very dark, yet there are some definite laugh out loud moments.

What kept this from being 5 stars was the fact that there were several grammatical/spelling errors and some inconsistencies in the story, which was somewhat distracting. However not distracting enough to keep you from reading it, as it certainly didn’t stop me.

So if you like your vampire books with an actual story and more grit than romance, then this book is definitely for you.

This series debut has all the right elements of a successful series and I’m already looking forward to reading the next one!

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

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