"An excellent series with paranormal abilities and lifemate romantica situations"
Sixth in the Raven Series, this book takes us further into
the life and times of the Raven Family, know as the
Unkindness of Ravens. The Family Raven, have been vampire
hunters for centuries, ever since a Raven female was
abducted and killed by a clutch of Vampires. Over the
years in order to hunt vampires, the Ravens have altered
their appearance to resemble the vampires they sought.
Their incisors have been modified, and due to the number
vamp bites over the centuries, their DNA has been altered
also. The family has dwindled to its current state of
5 actual Raven male family members. In part to counteract
the low numbers and because of familial relations of one
the Raven wives (Bk 4), Rogue has become both a family
member and a new hunter.
Rogue and John (Bk 1), the head of the Unkindness of
are off on an assignment to discover why blood has been
turning up missing at a small satellite hospital. During
his stint undercover as a janitor, Rogue falls, literally,
for Kaitlyn Gale, who unknown to Rogue at the time, is the
very vampire he's hunting.
Kaitlyn is a beautiful lab tech who had taken a vacation
New York to experience her wild side. Well, that
turned out to be a bit more than expected and she returned
home ill. When the "illness" doesn't abate she discover to
her horror she has become a vampire and in addition to the
need for blood, her libido has also changed to intense.
Not being able to embrace these new changes to her life,
she has been trying to determine what about her blood has
changed and how to correct it. Her run in with Rogue,
where they find themselves sprawled on the hall floor
outside her lab, turns into the erotic experience of her
After their initial meeting and subsequent erotic night
together, Rogue has discovered she is a vampire and tells
her he is the same, but later Kaitlyn discovers that his
heart still beats while hers does not. The subsequent
explanations come and Rogue is in the process of trying to
figure out how to protect her from the Ravens and keep her
safe form prosecution regarding the blood theft. When he
steals blood from the hospital for her and the theft is
discovered John calls his brother Eric (Bk 2) for backup
and they track Rogue down to Kaitlyn's place. Rogue has
convinced Kaitlyn to come back with him to the Raven
Compound and seek help to change her back to human.
of the lengthy trip back Rogue persuades Kaitlyn to feed
from his blood, this being the first time she has fed from
a living human and she is reluctant due to fear of hurting
him. Nevertheless he succeeds in persuading her to try so
they can travel home safely, of course that is the moment
John and Eric find them. A heated discussion takes place
and when they hear of the unusual way she was transformed,
they agree to take her back where one of the other Raven
wives has been working on an antivirus for vampirism. They
return to the base with all the requisite warnings about
what will happen if she appears to be a danger to the
wives or children.
The antivirus does indeed work and Kaitlyn returns to her
human form. This, however, creates a new question, what do
they do with the vampires they hunt, kill them or try to
save them. Up until this time the answer has been to kill
them as most are ravening monsters. To add to this
a human companion who had demonstrated immunity to the
virus similar to that of the Ravens, has escaped the
compound and the hunt for him is on, setting up I believe,
the next book in the sequence.
The books in this series are generally classified as
paranormal, and they DO live up to their name. There are
several extremely descriptive sequences but fit well with
the storyline. The series deals with a "lifemate" premise
with paranormal abilities and sexual situations. The
continuing characters grow through the series and have all
been a good read. They are a fun series to read with a
nice bit of romantica thrown in for good measure.
Reviewed by Leola Brooks
Reviewed by Leola Brooks
Posted January 8, 2007
Rogue Raven Shanley was learning. He had trained with the best of the best when it came to vampire hunters—The Unkindness of Ravens. Rogue had joined the Raven Clan after his own grandfather had been killed by a vampire and one of the Ravens—Drake—had saved his Aunt Grace from the same fate. Rogue had only been on one mission to destroy a Clutch of vampires. This would be his second. He thought he was prepared for the battle ... until he met his prey. Kaitlyn Gale, a beautiful, fiery-haired fledgling vampire, was going crazy. One night of passion while on vacation in New York City had changed her life forever. Now she was trying to figure out exactly what was wrong with her. Why she avoided daylight. Why she craved blood, of all things. It had to be a virus. Had to be. Back home now in Indiana and working at her job in the hospital lab, she can run tests on her own blood while she stealthily steals bags of blood from the blood storage to tame her appetite. But her life takes another wild turn when she literally runs into Rogue Shanley. Kaitlyn is drawn to him, not realizing the dangerousness of the situation until Rogue tells her exactly who and what he is—a vampire hunter sent to kill her. Rogue breaks the number one rule when it comes to vampire hunting: Do Not Fall In Love with Your Target. When Rogue and Kaitlyn come together in a red-hot heat, both of them know that they'll never be able to break their bond. Problem is will The Unkindness of Ravens, the men Rogue owes his loyalties to, allow Kaitlyn to live?