Divergent Bloodline by TJ Shaw *Review
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DIVERGENT BLOODLINE – SYNOPSIS
In the crime-riddled city of her birth, Viviane Taylor slips under the yellow crime scene tape to inspect the victim’s mutilated body. Crime scene techs give her a wide berth as she studies the scene. She’s good at her job, spots clues others miss, and is hardnosed about playing by the rules. The body turns out to be a mob goon from Julian DeMatteo’s outfit. Given the choice of staying on the cold docks or visiting DeMatteo, she opts for DeMatteo.
From the first moment she enters DeMatteo’s plush office he irritates her. His polite manner grates on her nerves. He sidesteps her questions and diverts her attention by goading her into approaching the high-rise window. Although afraid of heights, she refuses to back down. But nausea threatens to overcome her until his arm wraps around her waist to support her. An instant connection rips through her body.
He promises to answer her questions at dinner. Her attraction for the mysterious businessman with the wavy, black hair and toned body distracts her. Although he still avoids her questions, her cop sense tells her that he’s not a suspect. Unable to deny his appeal, they start dating. But growing up in an orphanage makes it difficult for her to trust him. She also wrangles over the ethical implications of seeing an investigative lead.
A snitch informs her partner that the killer will be at the docks. Ignoring backup protocol, they corner the suspect on the roof of a building. Her partner is killed. She unloads several rounds into the suspect, but he is unfazed. His large hands wrap around her throat, choking her. Before she slips into unconsciousness, she swears her attacker has glowing, red eyes.
When she wakes, she can’t remember what happened and only knows her partner is dead. Depression and guilt over his death weigh heavy on her. After the funeral she’s attacked again by the same red-eyed man who admits to killing the victim at the docks and her partner. Although she breaks his nose and almost gets away, he’s too strong and captures her.
Tied to a bed in an abandoned house, a mob boss, claiming to be an immortal vampire, drains her blood and forces her to drink his. She grows sick and weak. He tells her that when she dies, she’ll be reborn a member of his clan. She escapes and drives to Julian’s estate. Julian tells her that he too is immortal and gives her a blood transfusion. Julian’s blood contains healing properties that counteract the foreign elements contaminating her.
When she feels better, she flees his house in confusion but sickness incapacitates her. Julian again infuses her with his blood. Because his original transfusion should have healed her, Julian consults with his mage to determine Viviane’s illness. Over the centuries humans have developed a natural antibody making it difficult for immortals to continue their bloodlines. Yet, the mage discovers that Viviane is pregnant with Julian’s child. The mage insists that Viviane’s child will revive their dying race.
A battle ensues between Julian’s clan and clans who fear that Viviane’s pregnancy is an abomination. Outnumbered, Julian is about to be killed when Viviane arrives. Fear paralyzes her. The mental walls protecting her mind crumble. Although no one else can see him, her father appears. He is a fallen angel with radiant, black wings and encourages her to accept her heritage.
She absorbs the power within her. The energy is overwhelming. She kills her red-eyed attacker, but her anger is uncontrollable. Only Julian’s love keeps her from annihilating the clan members who attacked them. As they re-establish order and prepare for the arrival of their child, she finally accepts her destiny as the divergent catalyst who will save the immortal race.
As King of the Northern Clans, Julian has seen everything, and done everything in his time. But Viviane is a surprise. His beast within, long dormant, springs to life and cause Julian to put his reign into jeopardy. Viviane just wants to solve this murder. Julian is a suspect. But her reaction to him is primal, and leads her into a world she never knew existed.
Its been a while since I had a vampire (although here, they just like to be called Immortals!) book grab me. This one did. I really, really enjoyed it!!
Its dark and deadly, sexy and steamy, long held prophecies come to fruition in a way no one expected. Its bloody and violent, and its hot and passionate! Oh it has a little bit of everything for everyone.
If you like you vampires…ahem…Immortals… dark and broody, and you can see their fall coming at you hard and fast, one for you. If you like your heroines strong and independent, one of you. If you like an Immortal who is strong and will do anything for his mate, one for you.
Really, I thoroughly enjoyed it!! Cant quite stretch to 5 stars but…