I read the first book in the Hell’s Belle series last year and absolutely adored it. The unique characters and setting sucked me in from page one. So when I saw book two, I couldn’t wait to jump back into the story.
Title: Tainted Blood (Hell’s Belle Book 2)
Author: Karen Greco
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self-published via NetGalley
Release date: October 2014
After surviving a vampire assassin (not to mention an awkward affair with a hot FBI agent that ended worse than she could have imagined), witch/vampire hybrid Nina Martinez is reunited with the full Blood Ops team in Providence, Rhode Island. Her Aunt Babe is tutoring her in all things witchcraft, and her vampire partner Frankie is enjoying the benefits of daywalking, courtesy of a demon spell.
When a segment of the Rhode Island vampire population is marked for death by a tainted blood supply, Nina and her team race to find Patient Zero before the local vampire population is wiped out. But when a demon infestation threatens to take control of the city, Nina must join forces with newly elected mayor—and closet demon— Ami Bertrand before the city falls into ruin.
Filled with fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action, Nina and her group of supernatural misfits battle a surprising new enemy that threatens their very existence.
No wonder she still can’t get a date.
Nina was a part-time witch, part-time vampire, and full-time badass commissioned by the government to put down paranormal problems before they became public. When tainted blood killed some of the local vampires, she’s put on the case. The investigation revealed it wasn’t an accident. Someone was targeting them. With the dubious help of demons, witches, vampires and a berserker, she must find out who wanted them dead before her vampire partner suffered the same fate. But as she’s dragged further into the case, buried secrets about her past threaten everyone she holds dear. With spells and potions and a faithful ghost to back her up, Nina must decide who’s friend and who’s foe before she becomes the one hunted.
I love the Urban Fantasy genre. While the unique world-building drew me to book one, Tainted blood was a little watered down from its predecessor. There was a little too much downtime between action scenes for my taste. While I enjoyed Nina’s humorous quirks, the splash of magic mixed with mystery, I wanted more intensity and action. Just when the story began to take off, I was rewarded with a large cliff-hanger ending. *sigh*
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