Here Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright
Series: Deep In Your Veins #1
Published by Suzanne Wright on January 13th 2012
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Note: Original cover edition for ASIN# B006XHT9RE
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 wilful, 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.
Here Be Sexist Vampires was one of those books that I was expecting to absolutely adore, but I didn’t. It was cute and funny at times, but most of the time I was thinking that Ms. Wright took the whole sexist vampire aspect way too far.
Sam, the heroine, had a sad story. Exploited by her current vampire master in ways no one should be, her life has sucked. She has gifts that vampires of her type have never before had so she is asked to take the test to be placed in the Grand Master’s private army. This could be a chance for her to escape her current master so she finally relents. Once she gets to the GM’s island, she discovers it is chock full of sexist vampires, but none is worse than Jared.
To put it bluntly, Jared was an asshat, and I mean literally since his head was shoved so firmly up his posterior it could be said he was wearing it as a hat. He was entitled, spoiled, and a bigot which was extremely off-putting. Even when he finally got Sam in the sack, he still suffered from a huge case of head-up-his-posterior-itis. Eventually, he showed a few endearing qualities but it was just too little too late.
On the other hand, Sam was a great heroine. She was a fighter, and a good one. I loved how she showed up every single man on that island and let them know exactly how wrong they were in thinking she was weak not only because of what kind of vampire she was, but because she was a woman. I felt bad for her that she had some metaphysical link to the asshat. I guess the consolation prize for her was that he was good in bed.
What saved this book for me was the interesting world building, the politics, and the action. Posterior-itis aside, I’m a glutton for paranormal books with hot vampires and lots of action. I’m also a huge fan of Suzanne Wright’s so I’m hoping that the next book in the series, which is also about Jared and Sam, includes a complete personality change for Jared.
3.5 It’s All About The h Stars
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