Lucius Dragos is a vampire of justicejust not the type who follows the law. Sara Constantine is the new prosecuting attorney for the paranormal court. Her first case is to prosecute the suspect of a gruesome murder. When she is introduced to the prime suspect, she finds herself looking into the face of Lukethe man who made her scream in ecstasy the night before. Not only is she shocked that he could have committed murderhe is a vampire! Sara is torn between her attraction to Luke and her belief that justice must be served.
This book delivers a punch in the paranormal romance genre. Murder, mystery, vampires, shapeshifters and the paranormal justice system kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. Good guys, bad guysI had to keep turning the pages to find out who was who. Luke and Sara are made for each other. Sara battles between doing whats right and doing what her heart is telling her to do. Luke is sexy, caring and only wants to see criminals pay for their deeds. An excellent story, wonderful characters and enough twists and turns to keep you reading all night. I am looking forward to the next installment in the series. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre.
I tried this author on a recommendation from my favorite author of all time. And LOVED it! She's a fairly new author, but you'd never know it from reading this book! I can't wait to read the other two in this series!
A wonderful book to escape into.
When Blood Calls is the first book in The Shadow Keepers series. This is a little bit darker than what fans of Julie Kenner have come to expect, but writing as J.K. Beck introduces us not only to a more dark side of one of my favorite authors, but also a start to a paranormal series that is more sinister than what I've read before.
I loved the world J.K. Beck creates that Sara Constantine finds herself a part of with her promotion. She will continue to prosecute villains but now those villains are of the paranormal variety. Her first case involves a man she had a one night stand with and with whom she can't stop thinking about. She had no idea he was a vampire who is facing a death sentence for brutally murdering a judge. I thought it was interesting how quickly Sara adjusted to her surroundings, which include not only vampires, but werewolves, trolls, goblins and demons. She is in an unusual predicament when she comes face to face with her first defendant and realizes she already knows him intimately. She quickly decides that she will remain true to herself and seek justice no matter her feelings and even when things get pretty intense between Sara and Lucius, she still wants to fight for justice.
I found Lucius to be a very compelling character. I enjoy reading a book where the hero and heroine are not perfect or are flawed in some way. Lucius is as flawed as a soul can get. He's a vampire and he has murdered and he makes no apologies for it. He's grieving the loss of his daughter centuries ago and is very protective of his ward, Tasha. He finds himself feeling connected to Sara, experiencing emotions he hasn't allowed himself to feel for a very long time.
There are several secondary characters that were introduced that I'm highly curious about and hoping to see in the rest of the series. The best thing about this book for me was that this story isn't predictable in the slightest. I thought I had a pretty good idea what was going on and felt confident with what I believed would happen next and as quick as I turned a page, the story shifts and knocks me over!
Overall, this is a very good start to a series that brings a different twist on the paranormal world. Interesting characters combined with some pretty hot romance and an intriguing story will fit the bill for most any reading preference. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Julie Keener writing as J.K. Beck in this new series. Sara spends a night of passion with Luke only to find that he is her first defendant to prosecute the next day. Luke (Lucius) is a centuaries old vampire that delivers his own form of justice to the evil of the Shadows. Good character interaction and good storyline. 3.75 stars
First book, first time author. And let me just say......WOW!!! I am completely hooked. This story has it all, mystery, intrigue, and passion. The characters are great and very interesting. The story has multiple layers happening all at once, and its a fast-paced page turner! The passion is not over the top, just the right level at the right time. I read the entire book in one day, and I am already starting the second one.