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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Deadly Liaisons by Terry Spear


Deadly Liaisons by Terry Spear
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Vampire
Length: Full (282 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Eglantine

He resisted the dark huntress…now he’ll use all his powers to make her his own.

Tezra Campbell treads a dangerous line between her job as a telepathic investigator for the Hunter Council and her alternate life as a renegade. Beneath her cool, professional exterior lies a dark obsession to find the rogue vampire who murdered her parents ten years ago and left her sister a traumatized shell. An obsession that drives her to use herself as bait.

Daemon, former bastard prince of Scotland and now head of the American vampire clans, sees Tezra as a danger to herself and to his people. Especially if the killer vampire takes her bait. Concerned his own brother might be accused of the crime, Daemon takes Tezra into custody, intending to keep her out of the way so he can find the killer himself.

Things don’t work out the way either planned. The more she fights him with her telepathic powers, the more she stirs up his sexual bloodlust—the kind only a mate can cool. And Tezra begins to wonder…is her desire for him real, or just a way to use Daemon to find the murderer?

It’s a deadly game they both aim to win—even while they try to keep their hearts intact.

Tezra Campbell stands alone. Her parents were killed; their deaths locked her sister in a mental prison of silence. And nobody believes her conviction over who the killer was. When at last someone reaches out to her, she can’t accept the hand of friendship, of love and passion, extended to her. Ms Spear does a fine job of taking the reader along on Tezra’s struggle with this dilemma. She combines a paranormal murder mystery with a larger theme of prejudice. This task is executed with beautiful writing that evokes the place and atmosphere very effectively, and keeps the reader engaged.

Characters did seem a little shaky here and there, and some of the issues with regards to Tezra’s sister’s condition did not ring true. While there was nothing truly new in this well-written story, it’s a great vampire tale -- if not entirely unforgettable. Nevertheless fans of the genre will love Deadly Liaisons. With excellent editing and beautiful writing, this book is well worth the cover price.

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