The vampire was built for sin, every inch of him tight and bulky with corded muscle. A killer, that much was apparent, and she couldn’t help but wonder if his appetite for violence would rival his appetites for other…things.
A WOMAN SEDUCED
Naya Morales is no ordinary mortal. Born with a shaman’s power, she has devoted her life to tracking down stolen magic—and punishing those who take it. But one fateful night, she follows the alluring call of a sensual magic that is too glorious to be true—and finds herself face to face with a stunningly handsome thief who is too magnificent to resist…
A VAMPIRE ENSLAVED
From the moment he sees her, Ronan knows Naya is his mate. Driven by a deep, almost mystical connection, he aches for her body, hungers for her blood, and swears their souls are anchored together. Naya refuses to believe the words of a vampire—or risk the wrath of her tribe. But when she tries to make Ronan her prisoner, neither chains of silver nor fires of hell can help her escape the truth: she is the one who’s been captured…
I am really digging this series. At the end of The Last True Vampire, we saw Ronan leaving the city after receiving a distress call from his twin sister Chelle. The Warrior Vampire is the story of Ronan’s search for his sister and the discovery of his mate. Much like Mikhail’s mate, Ronan’s mate is neither a vampire nor a dhampir. No, Naya is a bruja. A witch of sorts whose magic enables her to repossess stolen magic. She is her pod’s (think tribe) hunter and it is while doing her job that she encounters Ronan. And what an encounter it was because not only did she unknowingly tether his soul, she also discovered that vampires are not extinct – as they had believed. You can’t blame a girl for chaining a huge, thought-to-be-extinct, supernatural creature to her bed, can you? I sure didn’t.
In The Warrior Vampire we not only learn more about Ronan, his past, and his blood troth to Siobhan, but we also meet an entirely new “species” of people. The Bororo police those who steal and misuse magic. Because their roots go back to the indigenous tribes of South America, many of their practices are very antiquated, especially where it pertains to a woman’s status within the tribe. Despite being one of only two women in their pod with the powers of a bruja, Naya has little say in how she lives her life and is treated as less than the males of tribe because even though she has the power of magic, it is felt the male’s ability to shift makes them superior. Honestly, there were several times I wanted to scream at the way Paul, her pod’s leader, talked to her and treated her – especially when he ordered her mating to his son. Someone needed to knock him and the elders into the 21st century. It just so happened that Ronan was more than willing to volunteer for that duty. Unfortunately, he had to spend his time convincing Naya of their bond, far too much time because stubborn is too mild of a term for Naya. That combined with his limited waking hours, accompanying Naya on her hunts, and their search for his sister are shy the reckoning didn’t occur sooner. And what a reckoning it was.
Baxter kept the story’s pace set at either steady but active or “don’t blink or you’ll miss it” fast. There was no chance for boredom because of the level of action that takes place as Naya hunts magic stealers, Ronan searches for Chelle (and tries to recover his memories), they both try to discover who or what is behind the increase in dark magic, and Ronan convinces Naya that they are indeed mates. Because of her refusal to accept that Ronan is her mate, it is after the half-way point in the book before they seal the deal. This is when we realize why it had to be Naya as his mate. Naya’s bruja magic is what allows her to “bypass” the blood troth long enough for them to consummate their mating bond – which makes for one amusing conversation later in the book when Ronan asks Siobhan to release him from the blood troth. The connection between them is intense and it makes for some seriously hot and glowy sex scenes. When the action really ramped up as Naya, Luz (her cousin), and Ronan took on the person who was behind the misuse of magic, I couldn’t put my Kindle down. I would like to say I was surprised by who it was, but I really wasn’t. However, I was surprised when all the individual did was revealed. While I will tell you that we do learn what happened to Chelle by the end of the book, I won’t ruin that surprise for you. I thoroughly enjoyed The Warrior Vampire and am already looking forward to The Dark Vampire for Jenner’s story.