Grave Illusions (Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter Series)

Grave Illusions

Lina Gardiner

ImaJinn Books ISBN: 1-933417-95-1

 New York Cityis in the grasp of a deadly, unseen enemy. At least unseen by normal society. Lieutenant Jess Vandermire, New York Citypolice officer, is uniquely specialized to recognize and fight this threat. It’s her job to forge a black ops team, an assortment of men and women who wouldn’t be considered for the job under normal circumstances. But these aren’t normal circumstances. The team has to be tough and, if need be, expendable. Jess understands what she’s fighting and what’s at stake. For her, it’s all about retribution until ex-cop John Brittain is recruited to her team. Suddenly, her priorities aren’t quite so easily definable. John Brittain has a chip on his shoulder and is as tough as they come. But is he ready for the whole truth? That combating “super” vampires whose primal need for blood and the addictive drug “Sunshine” is only the beginning of their problems? 

And when Jess tells him the truth about herself, will he stay and fight or will he turn against her and not only threaten their lives but destroy the fragile relationship developing between them?

I loved this story.  I guess because it was a vampire story and it was dark and gritty, and yes there was romance, but I loved the way that Jess tried to deny herself for fear of hurting Brittan.  There were also some very witty moments in which I enjoyed the connection between the two lead characters in this book.  To me, it was better than a romance, because that wasn’t the objective of the story.

I liked the way the story wove around and through the graveyard leading to a climax against a superpower of vampires.  I love the use of the settings and it didn’t feel like they were there because it was a vampire story.  They were there because they were part of the story.

The action was well paced and I didn’t feel the story lag at any time.  I often kept reading because I felt drawn to by the wonderful wording.

This is the first in a series of stories about Jess and her band of Vampire Hunters.  This is the only book I have read in the series at this stage.

I would give this 4 out of 5 stars.

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