Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review & Blog Tour: Sanguinary (A Night Shift Novel) by Margo Bond Collins

The Sanguinary is coming, the Sanguinary will kill you all."

"The Sanguinary is here."

About Sanguinary:

Only fifty years left before vampires rule the world.

When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city's vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department. 

But she didn't know then what she knows now: there's a silent war raging between humans and vampires, and the vampires are winning. 

So with the help of a disaffected vampire and an ex-cop addict, Cami is going undercover, determined to solve a series of recent murders, discover a way to overthrow the local Sanguinary government, and, in the process, help win the war for the human race. 

But can she maintain her own humanity in the process? Or will Cami find herself, along with the rest of the world, pulled under a darkness she cannot oppose?

Saph's Review:

In the world created by Margo Bond Collins, the vampires are no longer the mythical creatures of the night.  Vampires are now the world's reality and, while harmony exists right now, that won't always be the case.  Especially when drained dead girls with weird carvings and blue lights keep popping up all over Dallas.

To get to the bottom of the murders, Cami Davis, a member of the police force's Sucker Squad, agrees to go deep undercover into the world of vampires and their human bloodgivers.  Her partner, Quentin Garrett, is a vampire junkie and just the person to introduce her to the vampire scene.  He has a vampire contact that is willing to work with Cami to get her the information that she requires.  Except, the contact - Reese - is nothing short of a god in a Stetson.  Now not only does she have to worry about what's going on in the vampire underground but she has to hold on to her convictions about "no vampires" - even ones that are smokin' hot, protective, and causes Cami to feel things she hasn't felt in a long while.

Sanguinary is action packed and full of excitement.  There isn't one moment that is dull or boring.  I read it in one evening - or devoured, actually, because I just didn't want to put it down.  The plot flows pretty well - there are some abrupt shifts in what's going on but it's easy to shift gears and go with it.  Cami is a strong heroine - you have to be to put your life on the line and jump into the shark....errr...vampire tank.  Reese is very likable, for an undead guy, that is.  His devotion to Cami is quickly formed but undeniable.  There are secrets surrounding Reese though that are alluded to but not explained....yet.  There is a statement made at the end of the book by Leah Richards that is a prime example.

I'm excited to see where Margo Bond Collins goes in the next Night Shift novel.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

Saph's Rating:

Read an Excerpt:

Reese loosened his hold enough for my circulation to start back up, and the blood rushing to my palm felt like needles dancing across it. I rubbed it with the thumb of my other hand, and Reese's gaze followed the motion.

"We're leaving," he said, his voice harsh.

No. No way in hell was I walking out of here with a pissed-off vampire.

That's how cops got dead.

Instead, I took a step backwards and pulled myself up onto a barstool. Reese's upper lip curled, revealing a fang, and I held out my hands placatingly.

"Hear me out," I said.

I didn't really know if I could trust him, this cowboy-vampire I had been thrown together with. He was only meant to be an informant, my visits to see him at the Blood House a cover for him to pass information to me.

But that's not how it was working out.

Garrett had said Reese was on our side, as much as it was possible for any vamp to be. I wasn't sure he thought of us as anything more than dinner. But he was all I had right now—my partner was too vamp-addled to help me, and Iverson and his crew weren't rushing in to save me.

The department wouldn't force me to stick it out, wouldn't expect me to team up with a vampire for anything more than the most superficial of connections.

I could walk out at any time.

But if I did, it was unlikely we'd find out enough to stop whoever was killing these women.

So that left the option of going in deep.

Almost everyone who went undercover with the vamps came out addicted to their bite. The ones who could still string two sentences together, like Garrett, stayed on the force. It's not like the Sucker Squad had cops banging on the door to join up.

We worked with what we had.

The press portrayed us as bumbling and stupid—and maybe we were. Sending detectives in against humanity's worst nightmare? We were like little kids trying to hold back the dark with matches, bound to get our fingers burned, and worse, maybe burn the house down around us if we weren't careful.

We didn't really understand what we were doing, or what we were up against.

Going under was dangerous and ugly.

But I was beginning to think it might be necessary.

"I'll tell you everything," I said to the vampire snarling at me. "But I'll need your help."

Reese's lip dropped back down, covering the fang.

I was glad—it was easier to contemplate joining forces with him when he wasn't reminding me that he was one of the monsters.

Purchase on Amazon:  Sanguinary: A Night Shift Novel

About the Author:

Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She has published a number of novels, including Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them. 

Connect with Margo: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin @MargoBondCollin 

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy


Margo's Other Books: 

Taming the Country Star 

Legally Undead 

Fairy, Texas 

Waking Up Dead 

Beyond the Count

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