Can she find a killer in a town where the basest desires are allowed to run free?
There are zombies in the Dead Zone and Juliana Norris is sent to take care of the problem. And for there to be zombies, there had to be bodies. When vampires are found to be the culprits, Juliana is sent undercover in the red light district of Kansas City. Lying to her mate, Thomas Kendrick, isn’t something she wants to do, but she’s in another vampire’s territory and Thomas would not be pleased. Besides, she’s more than capable of doing the job and she needs to prove it to everyone. Most of all herself.
Charles Morgan is in control of the Kansas City area, making a rich living off his various enterprises. Juliana goes undercover at the strip club Lust and gets sucked into his dark, decadent world. More victims turn up and the Agency is positive they’ve got their man, but Juliana is not so sure. When the Agency refuses to listen, she reluctantly turns to Thomas for help. He intervenes but finds Juliana unaware of the danger she is in and discovers she may just be too deep for him to save.
If she was keeping something from him, it was Agency business. And it most likely meant she was about to do something that would put her in jeopardy. Again.
So far, Blood Slave has been the best book in the series, by far. Everything about it made me want to know what was coming next. I didn’t just know how it was going to go because I had seen it a million times before, only a couple hundred thousand. It was different than the rest of the series and I loved it.
Juliana has to go undercover to find out who is killing women and dumping their bodies in land that zombifies corpses after a government research experiment went wrong. And Juliana is doing it in the enemy’s den. Juliana knows Thomas is going to hate the idea of her going into enemy territory with almost no backup, so she hides what she is doing from him.
Which is about the only part of this entire book that I disliked. I hate when couples hide things from each other simply because they don’t want to deal with the fallout. Especially when the other party is generally pretty easy going. Thomas just wants to keep Juliana safe and happy. He hates her job, but he understands and wants to make certain she will survive it. Yet she hides it from him.
This also means that Juliana and Thomas spend most of the book apart. Not the entire time, but it felt like an eternity, because truly the best part of this series is the relationship those two characters have with each other. It is a good thing that this series has always had perspective switches between the two characters, because I think I would have gone spare during their separation without it.
The end to Blood Slave was really good, as well. I’m looking forward to seeing the fallout from the events at the end of Blood Slave. I’m looking forward to seeing how things change, or how they don’t. I first read this series in 2014, and this book when it came out, yet I had to wait until this year for the fourth and final book. It has been a long time coming and I’m so glad to be able to read it now.
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