Marked by the Vampire
by Cynthia Eden
This is the second in her Purgatory Series. I gave The Wolf Within 4 stars.
Dr. Olivia Madden has a history which includes werewolf attack and a Ph.D. in criminal psychology. She’s spent years working with the human serial killer population, but her motive for getting into Purgatory, the paranormal prison, is murky at best. Shane August is a vampire under cover working for the Para unit FBI to uncover the secrets on Purgatory, and his back-story and motives are even murkier.
Cynthia Eden has a few tropes she likes to go with, the insanely powerful heroine who doesn’t exactly know what she is and what she can do. The morally ambiguous hero who is absolutely and often without reason devoted beyond measure, and the fated/insta-mate.
What makes this work for me is that the characters are fun, the action is nonstop, and the plot and the characters themselves are usually twisty and devious in the extreme. This particular book is well paced, with a clever twist on old and not much used paranormal character, and there was some real chemistry between Olivia and Shane.
While this can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the books in order because you will have a better sense of the characters as a whole. Solid 4 stars and I absolutely cannot wait for Connor’s book next!