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In HUNTERS AND PREY, Alyssa conflicts with an old adversary, the most fearsome hunter of the Acta Sanctornum, Santino Vitale. Up until this very sighting, the vampire clan had thought him dead. The one thing that Santino holds most dear is the human life. Alyssa knows that he will not put humans at risk to kill a vampire. This leads her to one of her old human "watering holes" to seek protection. Forgetting that this would also put her into contact with human friends, those no longer a part of her new life as a vampire, she runs into her very best friend from before the change, Fallon. This is a complexity that can bring down the clan, and while there was a reason for her subterfuge, Lysander, her love and the vampire leader, will be angry.
His decision is to turn Fallon as well, in order to keep their secret. Since she is not reasonable about this, Alyssa becomes her champion, standing behind her and getting a commitment that her own clan would not kill her. When the new leader of Acta Sanctornum uses Fallon as a pawn to trap Alyssa, she finds that Quentin is even more evil than Santino. He has a twisted plan to build an army of mutant vampires. Santino is appalled because it puts humans at risk. He is willing to join sides with Lysander's clan to take Quentin to justice, but then all bets are off.
This is a dark and madcap story, full of unusual twists and turns. Because Alyssa is such a young vampire (newly turned), her blood lust is almost uncontrollable. She must feed more frequently to assuage her thirst, but to keep her strength as well. She is the mate of Lysander, the leader of the clan. Their relationship is fraught with emotion; Alyssa has control issues, but belongs to the controller. The one thing they have in common is a physical, lustful relationship. Just the richness of Lysander's voice can set Alyssa aflame. Imagine a simple touch. Everything becomes invisible when their lust ignites, their playful biting and actual feeding fan the flames, creating an inferno.
This is a story of vampires operating in and around our world, careful to maintain their privacy. Using only the most heinous criminals as feed, they are able to keep under the radar. Alyssa has changed that in one unthinking moment. Will they be able to continue as they have for thousands of years? In addition, can they collaborate with the enemy to stop a lunatic? The pace will keep you turning the page, until long after dark. Plan your reading time well.
Immortalis: Hunters and Prey
This book was received free from the Author. All opinions are my own based off my reading understanding of the material.