Saturday, July 5, 2014

Review for United Service by Regina Morris

Title: United Service
Author: Regina Morris
Publisher: Silkhaven Publishing LLC
Genre: Paranormal/Vampire/Contemporary
Publication date: June 22, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9888222-6-9
Length: 371 pgs
Book Series and number: The Colony Book 2
Rating: 4/12
Heat Rating: Hot

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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4 1/2, Hot

Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child’s teacher …

They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do it over and over again.

Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in.

Some however want power and control.

The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires.

Sterling, a half-breed vampire who works with a covert team of vampires to protect the President of the United States, is the weakest link in the chain for his team, and he knows it. Because he was born to a human mother, he has no standing in the vampire world, and really has no place in the human world either.

He has a unique ability to glean information from inanimate objects, and his life is kind of like CSI meets the West Wing, where key positions are held by vampires. Vampires can alter their age based on the amount of blood they consume, which should allow Sterling to blend into human society, however his ability has painful side effects that cause him to live a lonely life down in the evidence room at FBI headquarters. He's a lonely bad-boy looking for love in all the wrong places.

His current case involves the kidnapping of vampire children by a religious cult who is trying to save them. Sterling teams up with a pure-bred vampire, Kate, who is the nanny of one of the kids. Would Kate ever consider a relationship with a half-breed who is constantly in pain?

Kate has led a sheltered life and is considered handicapped by vampire standards. She creates a symbiotic relationship with Sterling, who helps her to discover that she is able to have a normal life, with all the joys and sorrows that it brings.

Together, can they save the kidnapped children and find true love for themselves?

My review:
In Eternal Service, the focus of the story was Raymond with some mention of the secondary characters, Sterling, Ben, William, Sulie, Dixon, and the villain. United Service is Sterling's story. Sterling is a half-breed and his special power allows him to get information from inanimate objects. But after touching the items, it leaves Sterling in pain. How he manages to deal with the every day constant pain he lives in. There are only two things that help him diminish or lessen the pain, a woman's touch or rain. To help with the debilitating headaches, sex is the way he can get relief. Sterling hasn't let himself form any feelings with any of the women he's had sex with, none of them has stirred his heart.

Kate Spencer is a full blood vampire with her own set of problems caused by her special power. She's young, beautiful and a little naive.

When Sterling passes Kate in the corridor of the FBI headquarters, his heart does a pit-a-pat and he gets aroused. Something that no other woman has been able to do.

The two unlikely partners work together to find those who are responsible for kidnapping vampire children and murdering their parents. They seem to start off on the wrong foot, with Sterling seeming to always say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Those scenes were quite funny and I so enjoyed them.

I'm really not sure how Sterling is able to live in constant pain, but he's willing to do that so he catch the scum bags who do the worst crimes. His father is always on Sterling's case about finding a mate and thinks the worse about his son. I really felt bad for Sterling that his father never gave him the benefit of the doubt, never asking questions just assuming the worst.

United Service is full of action, suspense, romance, love and self discovery. It was so awesome to see where the author took these characters throughout the book. The story moved along at a nice pace, was well written and has some great surprises along the way. I am really loving this series and can't wait to get my hands on book 3, Enduring Service.

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