Series: Moon Virus #1
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Published by Createspace on March 25, 2014
Source: Author, Tour Host
Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble
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Following the death of her wood nymph mother at the hands of vampires, Raven worked hard to build a life for herself in one of the few remaining human settlements. Her life takes a frightening turn when she finds herself an unwilling guest in a vampire settlement, but things are not anything like she expected them to be. Still, she cannot help but feel that her attraction to the vampire leader is a betrayal to her mother’s memory and her human friends.
From the moment Connor first laid eyes on Raven she has thrown his entire world off-balance. In order to prove his strength as a leader, he has no choice but to take her up on her offer to trade her freedom for that of her human friends. Having begun his life as a slave, he has no interest in keeping the wood nymph captive. As a man, he has no desire to feel this overwhelming attraction to a woman who hates him and his kind.
As Raven spends more time with the vampires, her feelings for Connor grow even stronger and Connor finds that she may be the one thing he cannot live without. Unfortunately, a new danger emerges that could threaten the survival of vampires and humans alike. As Connor struggles to unravel the mystery of the attacks from a new species of vampire, a madman will go to any lengths to get Raven’s blood.
No cliffhangers. Can be read as a standalone novel.
Hat’s off to Cassandra Lawson — this is one of the more original ideas behind the origins of vampires that I’ve read in quite some time! It’s political and brutal and amazing. Yes, the idea that vampires started through a mutated virus has been used before, but not quite in this way. And not spanning the time that it does, along with adding in the science of blood from other supernatural creatures as well.
Raven is a wood nymph and the surrogate mother of many humans, having saved them and raise them in a dystopian future where vampires are mainly in charge; though that bit is a little shaky. Connor is a born vampire (and if you read the book like you should, you’ll know the significance of the word “born”) and is also the leader and almost surrogate parent to his band of vampires and humans alike. They’re both stubborn, self-sacrificing, sexual beings and the two of them together is pretty hot (especially when you consider the etymology of “Nymph”).
But I think what struck me more than it being a good romance with fascinating characters was the thought that was put into the history of her world, the science and time she brought to it. I love the characters of Raven and Connor, the natural way that Ms. Lawson made Raven a sexual creature, and Raven’s evolution of thinking about sex from the view from a nymph to that of a woman in love.
I’m honestly not sure if this is a standalone novel or if it is the beginning of a series, but I hope it’s the latter. There are several secondary characters that I would love to read more about, especially Simon and Ian.
But if you want something more than fluff (which there is nothing wrong with, everyone needs fluff every once in a while), read on! I believe it’s $0.99 on Amazon right now. Definitely worth it. Enjoy!