Title: Hunger Untamed
Book three of Vampire Hunger Trained to be courtesan for the vampire elite, Lucy Drake is finally free…and dying from the effects of being a blood slave. The vampire responsible continues to collect humans, discarding them at will. Vowing revenge, Lucy is determined to see him meet his end before she meets hers. A mercenary by trade, battle-scarred vampire Victor Collins usually refuses to work with humans. But when Lucy approaches him for help, his attraction to her isÿmore than he's able to resist. He agrees to help her with her mission—for a price that has nothing to do with money. And he must stop her from discovering his own dangerous duty… As Victor teaches Lucy to take out her enemy, their heated training sessions lead to passionate exchanges far beyond their original deal. But with threats from vampires, werewolves and Lucy's mysterious illness closing in, their tenuous bargain and tumultuous affair is running out of time…and the cost could be Lucy's life and war among all supernatural kind.
Author: Dee Carney
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Taming Her Wolf
Series: Vampire Hunger #3
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Published: March 7, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Lucy is a blood slave for elite vampires. Her and her sister we raised from a very age to be courtesans but now she was free and her sister is dead. Soon Lucy would be dead from the very thing that killed her sister. Now all she wants is revenge before she dies, but she’s going to need help. Victor is a vampire and mercenary by trade. Lucy seeks him out to help her. At first he says no, but after being accused by werewolves for killing their kind, allegedly by the very person Lucy is after, he changes his mind. His price is high and has nothing to do with money. As they train together, their attraction grows from physical to something more. Vampires, werewolves and Lucy’s impending death is hanging over them and time is not on their side. Now they are on a race to beat the clock before Lucy loses her life and and war between all supernatural kind breaks out.
I’m always interested to see if an author can put a new spin on a popular genre without it being too cheesy. I believe author Dee Carney has done that (The spin not the cheesy part) with Hunger Untamed. I’ve read plenty of books that have humans as slaves for vampires but not any that have trained courtesans. Definitely gave a unique spin on things. Since I found why Lucy is dying to be a interesting plot twist I’m leaving the details out but I will say, that also was unique for me. Victor also has a new feel to him. In a world where authors create leading men as perfect and rich, Victor is neither of them. He’s a merc because he needs the money and half is face is affected by paralysis. He agrees to help her learn to train to kill Sage but his reasons why aren’t immediately known.
I really enjoyed Lucy and Victor’s story. There’s a quite a bit of friction between these two to keep me always guessing. It was easy to tell from the beginning that Victor had a thing for her. Not so much from Lucy. As for her health and why she was dying, that was a very interesting twist. As much a I felt this was their story, it was Victor that I really loved. As fragile as Lucy’s health was, I always felt Victor was the one more easily breakable. I’m not saying I wasn’t going to be upset if she died, but Victor seems to have a more vulnerable side. Him I just wanted to give a big hug and beat the meanies off of him.
This is my first book in the series and I really think I need to do some backtracking for two reasons. First is the secondaries. Corin and Jasmine are briefly introduced and just the few moments that are spent with them have me curious and wanting to read their story. The second is the battle with the Lycans and the Council. In all honesty, I felt Hunger Untamed worked wonderfully as a stand-alone. However, my curiosity has been peeked by the epilogue and now I want to know what I am missing and what has yet to come. Good job getting me hooked, Ms. Carney. You have a series here well worth the read.