Sam Parker is a vampire with a gift so strong and substantial that she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand High Master Vampire’s private army. She finds that not only has the army never included a woman, but it has never included a Sventé vampire; a breed that is regarded by the super strong Pagori breed and the hypnotically beautiful Keja breed to be too tame and human-like. Most refuse to take her seriously, especially a Pagori commander named Jared who she craves in spite of herself.
The Grand High Master, however, sees her potential and offers her the position of Jared’s co-commander to help train the newest squad in time for the impending attack on his home. Sam has to demonstrate to Jared and the squad of chauvinists why it is incredibly foolish to underestimate a willful, temperamental, borderline-homicidal Sventé female.
Warning: This novel contains an iron-willed female vampire with an energy whip, a sexist male vampire who is determined to have her, explicit vampy sex, and a romance story with real bite.
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Here Be Sexist Vampires is a stellar paranormal romance. The heroine is strong, funny, smart, and loyal to those who deserve her loyalty. She has an unpleasant backstory which includes some rather unsettling elements. She has to go above and beyond to prove herself but she doesn’t shy away from hard work so she has no trouble proving her worth and putting her doubters in their place. You’ll notice that she has a bit of a “Mary Sue” element as the story progresses in this book and the two subsequent books but I enjoy it as it is balanced by the various struggles she has to deal with.
The hero is…an ass for a decent portion of the book. He creates numerous roadblocks for the heroine and, frankly, has to do a lot to redeem himself. His character is the typical philandering, misogynist that is prevalent in novels these days but his character definitely grows on you. Especially with the segments from his POV that show the shift in his outlook towards the heroine. And the heroine is no push-over so don’t worry, she puts him in his place repeatedly and makes him earn the chance to be with her.
The main story line of the book is preparation for a large battle. As such there is a lot of strategizing and training leading up to it, which gives the novel more substance than a simple paranormal romance. The heroine was an impressive strategist so it was fun to see her apply it to the various challenges she encounters. The romance is definitely on the steamy side (seriously, steamy) so it made for an enjoyable read as well. There were lots of side characters that provided added depth to the story but the standout is the heroine. She is definitely one of my favorite heroines.
As I am writing this review, I have already devoured the two follow up books that focus on the two main characters from this book. The subsequent books flesh out the hero more, had major story line developments and were good reads as well, but the first book is the standout in the series.
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