One of the most powerful vampires alive has gone missing, which is fine with Dorina Basarab. As a dhampir, a half human, half vampire hybrid, her job is killing vampires, not saving them. But then the man sent to find the missing vampire also goes missing, and he happens to be her lover, Louis-Cesare. She therefore finds herself on a rescue mission with an old enemy, while forgotten memories from deep in her past play out in her head. What are they trying to tell her? And can she figure it out before it's too late?
Ah, the joy and excitement of a new Dory story! The petite dhampir packs a punch and takes a beating, but gets right back up to fight her way out of some really tight spots in a world full of supernatural creatures that are powerful and lethal.
Lover’s Knot is a long-novella that falls after the third book in the series and picks up where that one left off. It’s an urban fantasy series that shares the Cassie Palmer world. I began with the prequel story in the On the Prowl anthology and then began the Dory series only to go back for the Cassie Palmers while waiting for the release of book two. The two series interlock and share a parallel time line and crossover characters with a few minor mentions of each other.
The author gifted Lover’s Knot to her fans in serial form and then put it up free. Muah right back, Karen Chance! An opportunity to get tough and gritty Dory in action along with the addition of Radu and Marlowe out on an adventure to find a European vampire senator and Louis-Cesare. They are all the strange-bedfellow type allies and its all thrill a minute stuff.
But, there’s more…
This story is split-time line. There is a past time line when Dory is a little girl and its her devilishly handsome father, Mircea’s story as a young vampire trying to protect Dory as a little girl because she is considered an abomination and not allowed to exist while vampire civil wars are raging in a more dangerous wilder time.
Loved getting Dory’s modern story in her wry endearing perspective and a narrative from Mircea’s perspective before he becomes the powerful senator and master vampire, polished and cunning as he is in the present day. His love and protectiveness for Dory comes out and she gets to see this side of a father who has been ruthless and seemingly cold for centuries.
All in all, this was a treat for me as I crave more Dory stories with her exciting deadly adventures. Urban Fantasy lovers who like their heroines sensible, cunning, gritty, and tough should definitely reach for the series.
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