The first full length novel in the adult paranormal romance series with an
urban fantasy edge, Sanguis City.
**For Mature Audiences Only**
Ever wonder what happens after the world ends?
Lilanoir Rue did. A mere by product of the destruction, she never knew what
happened before hand either. Banished from the only place she called home,
the Human Reservation, she wipes her tears and never looks back.
In a world gone dead, life has never been so good, for some. While others
live in chaos, the chosen call Sanguis City home. The rich and powerful
found a way to survive The End and enjoy every minute of it, for eternity.
On the brink of a gruesome death from starvation, disease or a hungry
mutant, humans flock to sell their blood for peace.
The city of blood, made for and by vampires, welcomes Noir; her kind are in
high demand. Neither Human nor Vampire, Bleeders take care of the city in
the daylight. Draining humans by day and dating Vampires at night leaves
Noir little time to think about her past, or much else, until it finds her.
Three years in the city has earned her a promising career, future and just
maybe a love life. Noir’s chaotic life is finally on the right track. When
Noir falls for her sexy new Professor, an Authentic Vampire she also falls
into a web of nightmares. Unable to escape painful memories, she uncovers
more than her own secrets. Some secrets just won’t stay dead, and others are
bound to kill her.
I am so excited to promote this book and author. I was very lucky to of won an autograph copy of Sanguis City Prequels by Morgan Jane Mitchell, which led me to needing to read this book as well. As many of my followers remember, vampire stories are not usually the type of books that I enjoy. There has to be some life angst, story lines that reach out and grab me and hold on and a lot more to the plot than blood sucking and fantasy. I want the feel of real life and emotions to be included with the life of a vampire. This story is one of the few that was able to give me what I wanted.
Noir’s life is basically a mess to be honest. The End had come, she had to leave her mother and reservation to go to the city and try to make a living and survive there. Working with humans and vampires, Noir had to find a balance when it came to understanding and compassion, but one thing she could never over come was her need to protect the people she loved and cared about. She was called to do what was right and she risked a lot to save the lives of the innocent.
Knowing her loved ones from the reservation were probably dead now, she tried to carry on and live within the rules of the city. Knowing one day she was going to have to find the answers she was seeking, she wasn’t aware of what she would have to give up in exchange for the answers. She needs to get rid of the mark that the vampire she escaped from had left on her. To do this, it was going to force her into a relationship that was really no better than what she left. Now being connected to a vampire whose power and control was beyond her knowledge, she was reduced to doing the dirty work of the head vampire in order to save the love of her life. Unfortunately, when coming face to face with him, she didn’t see the man she loved, she saw an animal who wanted to kill her in his place.
Noir was blessed, or cursed with the unique power that she didn’t realize she had. She had been accused of murder, the deaths of people she loved. Could it be true that she was the one who killed them? Did her unknown power actually make her into the convict she was accused of being? When she is faced with the reality of what happen, she is going to have to make a decision to either hide or accept this power and use it for what she felt was a good and just cause.
This story is well written and the characters are so developed I don’t see how you can’t allow your heart to become involved while reading. Every time we think Noir was going to find a way to be happy, the End changed the path for her. She is a very strong woman, who knows right from wrong and isn’t willing to sacrifice her morals and beliefs for the proper callings of the newly built society. She had always been an outsider, even on the reservation and she had every right to be bitter and resentful, but that isn’t the Noir we were introduced to. This Noir believes in love, justice, truth and protecting those who can’t protect themselves.
The flow of the story is quick and steady. I never once felt like I struggled because the book stalled. For someone who hasn’t been to interested in vampire stories, this one gave me so much more that the routines and practices of the vampire culture only added to the story and didn’t distract from the plot for me. I would highly recommend this book to my friends who are like me, the “never understood Twilight fame” because this will give you a true feel for human character and behavior.
It reads like a soap opera, so many things going on at once, yet so easy to visualize and understand. I am so very honored that I not only am able to review this book, but that I was a beta reader for this author. I look forward to finding out what Noir is going to do with her wish she was granted at the end of the book. It was a cliff hanger that left you wanting more, yet didn’t break your heart and reduce you to tears as you wait for the next installment.
You can read this book as a stand alone, the author does a great job and filling in the missing pieces for you but I highly recommend that you read her first book as well.
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