Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Wicked Vampire - Kate Baxter (Review)

33574187The Wicked Vampire by Kate Baxter
Series: Last True Vampire #6
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Publication date: 
December 5th 2017

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: ebook, 384 pages
How I got it: NetGalley for an honest review
Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble
My rating: 4/5 

He was one of the most feared creatures in the supernatural world, and yet, she was drawn to him unlike any other. His scent ignited her thirst. The sight of him drove her mad with want...

Lovers forever--or enemies to the death? 

Sasha Ivanov was born to be wild. A vampire party girl, she stalks the L.A. clubs at night. Dancing. Drinking. Indulging her darkest appetites. Never sated, she's always looking for more: more danger, more excitement, more blood. But when she enters a supernatural fight club--and is tethered to her mortal enemy--Sasha realizes she's playing the most dangerous game of all...

Ewan Brun was born to kill vampires. A powerful berserker and unbeaten champion, he doesn't need a weapon to be deadly. He is the weapon. But when his soul becomes captive to the most beautiful vampire he's ever seen, he is all but powerless. He cannot resist Sasha--and cannot fight his desires. Is their love strong enough to defeat the gathering forces of darkness that threatens to destroy them both?

"The chemistry is electric."
--San Francisco Book Reviews on The Last True Vampire
 

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My thoughts:
This book contains adult themes.

This book follows Sasha who is a vampire living on the edge with her nightlife habits and Ewan who is a berserker, which are vampire hunters.  Ewan has been fighting at night to make some additional money and Sasha randomly meets up with him at a fight.

The author does a great job creating the chemistry between Sasha and Ewan.  The chemistry felt almost instant from page one between the two characters.  I enjoyed that we got POV of both Sasha and Ewan during their relationship.   The big conflict is that berserkers are supposed to be killing vampires not getting into a relationship with one.   Sasha and Ewan must get past a lot of their chemistry to establish a deeper relationship.

Sasha wasn’t trying to get to invested in Ewan in the beginning and most of the book since she had her heart broken in the past.  I loved that she tried to remain as rational as possible during the relationship.  She knew her limits and what she was expecting out of the relationship.  Sasha stayed very level headed during the entire book and her insight during her chapters helped establish her as a strong character.  I loved that we got to hear about Sasha’s life in the past as well as how she became a vampire. 

Ewan was a completely different male lead.  Ewan’s temper could get the best of him in a lot of situations and it was hard for him to control what was going on.  I felt most of the book was centered around Ewan’s complicated life and the decisions that he had to make.  I enjoyed being able to get Ewan’s perspective during his chapters because it gave a lot of insight onto what was going on with him.  I enjoyed getting to learn more about Ewan’s world as I read and what he wanted to run from.

My major complaint would be that I read this as a standalone novel and felt like I was missing bigger pieces of the story.  I could follow along what was happening between Sasha and Ewan, but there are chapters in between from other perspectives that I was not understanding at all.  I get that this was building to a bigger picture so I would suggest reading this series from the beginning.   The story switched to many POV’s so it was hard to follow when a random character was introduced with little to no background information.

I would suggest this as a great nighttime read.  It was easy to get transported into this book and want to read a little bit each night.  There were portions that were harder to put down, but I did find some natural stopping points when we were switching POV’s.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley to provide an honest review.  This does not affect my review of this book. 
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About the Author

Kate BaxterKate Baxter is a die-hard romantic with a thing for Shakespeare. She lives in the great northwest where she hides away to write about all things fanged, furry, and undead.
http://facebook.com/AuthorKateBaxter


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2 comments:

  1. Great review! Were you aware that this book belong to a series before you request it? I have that trouble a few times and ended up having to delay reading it until I find other books in the series to read first.

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    1. I didn't realize it was part of the series when I requested it. After the third chapter I had to look more up about the book! I almost felt that way I breezed through some of the chapters that were dealing more with the bigger picture. Thank you for stopping by!

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