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“Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex–homicide cop, he’s the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world. He’s got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who’s way out of his league. If he can’t have Marissa, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers….

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he’s found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back. But even her love may not be enough to save him….”

So this is where the series really started to lose me. Let’s just start this with a HUGE spoiler: Butch, the human cop, is related to Wrath, the vampire king.

Now that we have that out of the way. This book tells the story of Butch falling in love with a really rich vampire female, but he has no chance to ever really be with her since vampire and human love is forbidden. Butch proves himself to the vampires first by being a Red Sox fan and then by saving the weaker vampires known as civilians. After that they allow him in the mansion and they do some crazy things based on the huge spoiler mentioned above.

This book was ridiculous because of that spoiler. There is really no real point for that plot point to exist, yet it does and now there is a crazy amount of plot that the author bases off of it (much later in the series it turns out that Butch is a foretold legend). I am not anti-Butch, he is one of the few decent guys. He treats his women with respect in the old school way that men used to learn from their mothers. He also has the most related back story, his sister was kidnapped and he was never able to get over it. It is why he is a cop.

This however was the book where Xhex was introduced. Xhex is a bouncer at the club that all the vampires go to. She is described as “deliciously hermaphroditic”. I thought that the author would stop at being transphobic and homophobic, but no. She kept on going to being intersexphobic for NO REASON AT ALL. There was no reason to describe the character that way. Xhex goes from being seen as almost male (hence the bad description) to being almost dainty when he love plot happens later in the series. I can no longer even try to justify why anyone should read these books.

I did root for Butch, but I lost all desire for anything from these books after Xhex was introduced.

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1 out of 5 stars. I would not recommend this book.

You can buy this book here.

~Isaiah

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