When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck
From the back of the book:
Attorney Sara Constantine is thrilled with her promotion - until she finds out that she must now prosecute vampires and werewolves. The first defendant she'll be trying to put away? Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.
When Lucius kisses a beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he's hoping only to avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he's planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss ignites into an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows that Sara is determined to see him locked away - unless he can convince her that he's not a monster. And that might mean making the ultimate sacrifice.
Paranormal romance at it's best. Sara is strong and beautiful, with a tragic past and a hatred for vampires rooted in the death of her father.
Lucius Dragos is the strong, handsome vampire with the tortured past rooted in the death of his daughter.
Together, they're explosive and must team up to fight an unexpected foe, one that will either drive the pair apart or unite them forever.
As a romance story, there are 'those' scenes involved but they're well written and they don't dominate the story. What dominates, instead, is the story of Sara and Lucius pasts, whether they're strong enough to overcome them, and who, exactly is out to get them. And that, I must admit, was a surprise at the end.
While I'm not normally big on romance, I can read it when the story grabs me with something unusual. The idea of a court for paranormal beings, along with a special unit policing those beings was enough of a hook to get me to buy the book. The writing and the characters kept me interested right up to the end.
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
From the back of the book:
A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson is just trying to find her place in the world. And it's not always easy for a woman like herself, especially when her work - for an organization created to police the supernatural races - brings her face-to-face with some of the sexiest men imaginable. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat: the phase when her need to mate becomes all-consuming. But when her twin brother Rhoan is taken hostage, Riley must stay focused - even when an extremely seductive, deliciously naked, and very disoriented vampire shows up on her doorstep looking for Rhoan. Now she'll have to control her urges if she's going to find her brother... because the people who took Rhoan have another target in mind: Riley!
Two paranormal romances in a row. What can I say? I was looking for easy, entertaining reads and I found them.
Riley Jensen is a strong, tough, likable young woman. She's being recruited to become an assassin for the Directorate of Other Races, something she really doesn't want to do. But, to save Rhoan, she will be willing to do just about anything, including becoming involved with Quinn, the naked vampire at her door.
Mixed in is the mystery of what has happened to the guardians, the assassins of the Directorate, that have gone missing, which includes Rhoan and a female vampire named Kelley, Riley's best friend.
Quinn is definitely the typical sexy vampire who is clearly attracted to Riley, but after being burned by a werewolf in the past, wants nothing long term.
Together they have to rescue Rhoan, figure out who attacked Quinn, and who is behind the attacks on the guardians.
Recommendations: I enjoyed both stories but have to admit the emphasis on mating (anyone, anywhere, any time apparently) in Full Moon Rising was a distraction. But the characters were well developed and intriguing and there is a decent story to be found amongst the romance.