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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Book Review: The Purest of the Breed (The Community Book 2) by Tracy Tappan

 The Purest of the Breed (The Community Series #2)
by Tracy TappanPaperback, 308 pages

Plagued by enemies from above and below ground, a group of Vârcolac warriors fight a desperate battle to keep their secret town safe from invasion

A different place to find her dreams…

The night Marissa Bonaventure is saved from vicious kidnappers by special operative, Dev Nichita, her life is changed in ways she never could have imagined. Brought to the safety of an underground “research institute,” she’s offered a hefty sum of money to stay on and work for a year, money that will allow her to fulfill her lifelong dream of owning a restaurant. But the surreal events that unfold in the strange community of Ţărână soon make her wonder if all is what it seems. When the shocking truth about Dev is exposed, Marissa faces an impossible decision. She loves Dev deeply, but committing to a Vârcolac is a forever proposition, and the only way she can be with Dev will require her to throw away her one chance to redeem a miserable past.

The man he wants to be…

The night Dev Nichita rescues Marissa from the claws of the Om Rău demon race, he knows she’s meant to be his mate. Lying to her about his true nature feels wrong, but he needs time to make her fall in love with him before he reveals that he’s a different breed of human being. When that secret finally comes out, their relationship is shattered in ways Dev hadn’t predicted. A 100-year-old betrayal rises up to threaten their future together—devastating every member of his family—and Dev’s own angry withdrawal becomes a nearly insurmountable obstacle. Then the Topside Om Rău enemy threatens a catastrophic breach of the hidden community, and Dev must call upon all his power as he races against the clock to save the most important people in his life.

** Contains profanity and adult situations.

All Marissa Bonaventure ever wanted was to be a great chef and own her own restaurant in San Diego, California. But her life is changed when demons capture her and two other human women to give to some fey. Dev and his fellow vampires save them and bring them down to Tarana. All three women are Dragon humans, able to mate with the vampires and get pregnant, something the Varcolacs need to keep their race from extinction. Trouble is, those demons still want the women and to destroy the vampires too.

You can read this second book in the Community Book series without reading the first one. The flashbacks to 1877 Romania and Dev’s mother, Pettrila, was super and made me see a different woman than the one in modern time who seem to hate both of her children, Dev and T. There are white as snow people (human or vampire) in this book. Everyone has issues and that makes them more sympathetic, or more real.

The sex is hot, it sometimes borders on what people might term as BSDM, rough and hard, so be forewarned for those not into that. The vamps here are not the Twilight kind—thank goodness. They can’t go into the daylight and no, they don’t sparkle, they die. And yet, they are not undead, but living beings, just long living. From beginning to end, you will be drawn into the underground world of Tarana and the lives of the Varcolacs, Dragon hybrids and Dragon humans. If you enjoy paranormal romance with vampires, this book is a must read for your library.
4 ½ sheep.

Pamela Kinney

About the Author:
Amazon: Author page
The Character Couch website 
Tracy is the award-winning author of gritty romance, her books spanning genres across paranormal (The Community series), military suspense (The Wings of Gold series), and Historical (The Baron’s War trilogy). During nearly twenty-five years spent as a military wife, she lived all over the United States and in Europe, enjoying seven years overseas in the diplomatic community, first in Rome then in Madrid, until she settled back in San Diego. Tracy holds a master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and has used this background to create a fan-based website called The Character Couch, where romance’s favorite couples are brought into a fun session with therapist, Regan Malloy. Her debut paranormal novel, THE BLOODLINE WAR, is a Bronze Medal winner for romance of the prestigious Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY).

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