An undercover operative, Reyes is posing as a buyer to bring down an illegal sex-slavery ring operating out of vampire BDSM clubs. His mission—to infiltrate the inner circle and destroy them from the inside out—becomes infinitely more difficult when he recognizes the prize attraction at a slave auction: Angelica, the woman who stole his heart years ago. Against his better judgment, he buys her in order to save her from the club’s brutal customers. But now the woman who holds his heart despises him, believing he’s one of the human traffickers he’s out to destroy. But can he tell his beautiful captive the truth and risk everything?
Worldbuilding: The paranormal side (vampire society) was promising, and there were interesting lines drawn, but since this is part of a serial there couldn’t have been an overwhelming lot of worldbuilding done. What was done was interesting and promising.
Characters: Angelica and Reyes were interesting, and at the cost of repeating myself, had potential. Sadly I didn’t respond at all to either of them, I didn’t feel the chemistry between them, and without any investment in either of the characters, there was little to fall for, sadly.
Plot: The story is interesting, and I think I would have been very into it if my reaction to the characters would have been better. Of course as a part of a serial, it ends right when it gets interesting, but that’s part of appeal of the concept, I think – the tension buildup between installments, right?
Writing: Third person narrative, past tense, his/her POV.
Curb Appeal: Hot cover, hooking blurb, and I really like the upfront, transparent trope.
All in all, this wasn’t a bad read as much as a strange non-event between me and both main characters. I can’t say what it was that didn’t click, there wasn’t anything I got a clear sense of disliking, which only made the overall effect all the more confusing. I wouldn’t want to read this particular serial because clearly I’m not responding to the characters, but I’d wanna try any of the other titles in the series because everything else – worldbuilding, plot, and writing showed great potential.
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