Deep in the heart of New York City’s netherworld, a horrible disease is ravaging the vampire community. The Vampire Council is on a crusade to obliterate those infected, and Harrow Gates is target Number One. The unwitting source of the plague, he suffers from the same nightmarish symptoms as his victims. The world he’d been thrust into was cold,
cruel, and intent on eradicating him, and the legions of afflicted vampires he created with his bite.
A bounty hanging over his head, satisfying his hunger has become an enormous challenge for Harrow. The less he feeds, the more hideous and painful his lesions become. Constantly running for his life and learning new tricks to survive, Harrow is in no position to refuse when Pritchard Tack offers him a unique opportunity. Pritchard not only gives Harrow a new beginning, but also a purpose and a chance to rectify the chaos he created in the vampire world. However, the multibillionaire has an agenda of his own.
Jordan is a reluctant new vampire and a woman on a mission. After the demise of her family and her own transformation at the hands of Goran, the ruthless leader of the Vampire Council, her only focus is revenge.
Constantly faced with one frustrating dead-end after another, a stroke of luck leads her to an underground facility that she suspects is the lair of the monster for whom she is looking.
Upon learning more about the truth behind the secret bunker, Jordan must fight against her growing feelings of friendship and concern for the facility’s inhabitants. One man in particular threatens to pull her heart away from
her sworn mission. There is something behind Harrow’s dark lenses that unsettles the hardened female. Once again, she trembles and hungers for something other than red-stained revenge. Is love strong enough to override her hate-fueled thirst for vengeance?
When I was asked by the author to read and review her book Hunted I was a bit anxious. I am not fond of vampires, nor do I really comprehend the excitement and story lines for such topics. While it took me a while in the beginning of this book to catch on, once the light switch was flipped I was addicted to this story and all of the characters. Since then I have become one of those stalkers who bugs her for the next book and pray this series never ends.
As you progress in the book, it becomes clear who is good and who is evil, but this author had a way of making you feel a connection with each character. There are points in the book that you can feel empathy for an evil one, just because you know what battles they are fighting, you can also easily hate some of them because you just want them to suffer like they make others suffer. I found myself crying over the ones lost, I also felt heart-break at watching Harrow hide his feelings for Jordan in order to protect her from the illness he carried. He was positive that they couldn’t have a sexual relationship, because he would rather be miserable without her than risk infecting her with his disease…………see what a guy. Once she decided that her love for him was more important than anything else, she was determined to have all of Harrow, there is no half way for this girl.
Two huge aspects of this book that caused me to give it a 5 star rating, other than it is just wonderfully written and fast paced, is Ms. Font writes in a way that you literally feel you are watching a big screen movie. Usually when I read, I visualize the scenes in real life form. With this book I was sitting in front of a television or movie screen watching it all unfold. I was feeling the fear, getting the adrenaline rush that the characters were experiencing. I was celebrating the victories and crying, or in my case, sobbing the loss of characters I had grown to love. This was an awesome experience that I had never before had with a book. Also she has of way of making you think about where you stand in regards to morals and human change. How do we treat others, what are we willing to risk to protect those we love. It wasn’t all entertainment; I will walk away from this book looking at events in a different way. What can I do, what am I willing to give to make this world a better place?
“Jordan, for Christ’s sake, don’t look at me like that. Hell . . . I want you like I’ve never wanted anyone. But this isn’t happening.” Harrow pursed his lips, and she could imagine his internal battle. He touched her face, his thumb fingering the contour of her mouth. “If I have to cut off my hands to keep them from tearing your clothes apart, I will do it. I have nothing to give you but this damned disease. It’s not a gift I want to give to the woman I love.”
Jordan felt her desire evaporate under the blast of temper that flared inside her. How could he tell her he loved her when he hardly knew her? Hell, he wouldn’t even take her when she had all but thrown herself at him.
Jordan sprang away from him in one quick move, wrenching her trench coat across her body and walking away. She wanted to hide the hurt he’d inflicted on her and block the thrilling sensation of his hands on her skin from her memory.
“Love me? Damn you, Harrow,” she cried. She attempted to pick up her weapons, which no longer held the invincibility they’d once offered. Her feet were heavy underneath her, telling her that it was wrong to walk away.
Just like that, Harrow was next to her, gripping her elbow and turning her to face him. “Jordan, how can I make you understand?” Desperation was written all over his face.
“What am I not getting here, Harrow? It’s clear that you’re playing with me. You wanted to see how I’d react, didn’t you?” she screamed. Unable to stand still, she yanked her arm out of his grasp, torn between wanting to rip his clothes off and walking away.
“Look at me, Jordan,” Harrow ordered. When she didn’t look up, he asked again. “Please, look at me.”
She did, although her whole being was already geared to run away from him as fast as she could. He was quicksand, waiting to suck up her whole body and soul. If she wanted to salvage whatever was left of her pride and her heart, leaving was the smart thing to do.
“Look at me. As much as I want you, being with me will condemn you to a life of pain and suffering. If you hate where you are now, you have no idea how much worse it would feel to be in my shoes. I don’t want this for you, Jordan. Please believe me.”
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Within the Tack Enterprises group of underground fighters, Tor Burns is one of the few noninfected vampires committed to saving his diseased comrades from certain death at the hands of the Vampire Council. He is the meanest, strongest, and most impulsive member of the team. Having survived a vicious attack in Tack’s underground facility, he now has a new purpose: guard the irresistible daughter of their fallen leader, no matter the price. Armed with an abrasive personality and fierce loyalty, Tor approaches this new responsibility with serious determination,
despite his reservations.
Hunted by the Council, Allison Tack is unable to do as she pleases. The beautiful and timid co-heir of the Tack fortune is guarded by those loyal to her father. A walking target wherever she goes, Allison wants to learn how to protect herself, but no one is listening. Sick of being the helpless one in a company of trained fighters, Allison vows to prove that she can fight alongside the best of them.
Meanwhile, harem leader Melissa is hell-bent on unraveling any clue about the fate of her son, Demetrius. He disappeared without a word, and time has made her desperate to find him. Stepping up her efforts, she seeks the help of Demetrius’s son, Zane. With his help, Melissa finds the lair of the underground vampires and wages war against them.
Thrown together by necessity, Tor and Allison can’t continue to deny their attraction to each other. Tor wants to give in to his feelings for Allison, but old demons resurface. Tormented by a dark secret, Tor must confront the past to prevent losing the best thing that ever happened to him.
A life must be given for a life taken. Will Tor have to sacrifice himself before Allison pays the price?
As the second installment to The Gates Legacy Series, this one doesn’t let us down. It starts with
showing us the major changes that had to be made in order to protect the unit that Harrow is now in charge of. While they are still grieving the loss of their fellow friends and coworkers, they are trying to establish a safe base in which they can work from.
This book is centered on Tor and Allison, which we met in Hunted. We are able to see into the past
of Tor and what haunts him night after night, while we watch Allison come to terms with losing her father and her home. We are left many times questioning if Allison will be able to break through the walls around Tor’s heart. Melissa, has one goal and one goal only, to find her son Demetrius, who went missing after the last attack that killed so many of our beloved characters in Hunted.
Trust me when I say, the action didn’t let up with this book; it was still another action packed
thriller that played out like a big screen movie. Lorenz didn’t pull any punches when she wrote this, as she tugged at our heart-strings and reduced us to tears and fits of anger. The last half of the book when it all came together was so intense I literally felt my heart beating out of my chest and knew I should put the book down but there was no way I could wait to see what happen next.
She has the talent of taking many stories and weaving it together into one scene that leaves your
brain scrambled and your heart begging for more. To see the love of two mothers toward their children and the love Jordan has for Gail was empowering. To have grown men risk their lives for Gail during a heated battle, made my heart melt and the tears flow. She took a fictional story and immerses the reader to the point you actually find yourself ducking the blows and fighting the battles. You scream at points because you feel you are in the scene and you crumble with heart-break when you couldn’t save a beloved character.
I am so excited for everyone to read this series; Tormented will leave you wanting more. I am not sure we will ever be ready to let go of these characters. They are so well-developed they become real as you read them. Awesome job, awesome book and an experience of a lifetime to read.
“Ally,” he whispered.
She jerked when he used her nickname. Tor had always been formal around her, so the last thing she expected was this show of tenderness. It sounded almost like a term of endearment, which only made her tears flow faster.
“Damn these tears!” Allison complained.
“There’s no shame in crying. Your feelings mean that you’re alive.”
This was a side of Tor she’d never seen before. Allison was certain she saw concern . . . and maybe something more. She’d give anything to get inside his mind, but she doubted he’d tell her what he was thinking even if she asked.
“Crying means I’m weak, too,” she whispered.
By this time, her body was drained of energy, and her sobs had become unstoppable. Allison went to her bed and laid down, facing the wall in an attempt to hide her face, even though she was too tired to care if Tor stood there and watched her. She was tired of it all.
“Do you want me to keep you company while you sleep?” he asked.
She thought about it. No matter how much her mind told her to say no, she nodded her head. “I want you . . . to hold me.” There it was, out in the open. Allison closed her eyes and waited.
She expected Tor to argue or, at the very least, to stomp out of the room. What he did was more than she had dared hope for. There was the dull thud of shoes being toed off, and then the bed dipped under his weight when he lowered himself beside her. Tor folded one arm around her shoulder and slid another under her waist. “Sleep, and I’ll be right here with you,” he whispered in her ear.
Allison took a deep breath and closed her eyes, unable to speak for fear of ruining the moment.
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Lorenz Font discovered her love of writing after reading a celebrated novel that inspired one idea after another. She is currently enjoying the buzz from her vampire novels Hunted
, the first and second book of The Gates Legacy Series, Indivisible Line
, a romantic thriller, Feather Light
, an erotic romance and Pieces of Broken Time
, a military romance.
Lorenz’s perfect day consists of writing and lounging on her garage couch, aka the office, with a glass of her favorite cabernet while listening to her ever-growing music collection. She enjoys dabbling in different genres, with an intense focus on angst and the redemption of flawed characters. Her fascination with romantic twists is a mainstay in all her stories.
Lorenz lives in California with her husband, children, and two demanding dogs. She divides her time between her full-time job and her busy writing schedule.
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