The City Beneath
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As a journalist, Cassidy DiRocco thought she had seen every depraved thing New York City’s underbelly had to offer. But while covering what appears to be a vicious animal attack, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed. Her exposé makes her the target of the handsome yet brutal Dominic Lysander, the Master Vampire of New York City, who has no problem silencing her to keep his coven's secrets safe…
But Dominic offers Cassidy another option: ally. He reveals she is a night blood, a being with powers of her own, including the ability to become a vampire. As the body count escalates, Cassidy is caught in the middle of a vampire rebellion. Dominic insists she can help him stop the coming war, but wary of his intentions, Cassidy enlists the help of the charming Ian Walker, a fellow night blood. As the battle between vampires takes over the city, Cassidy will have to tap into her newfound powers and decide where to place her trust...
snappy dialogue, action packed moments and a clear sense
It’s been a while since I jumped into a pure paranormal romance, and this new series from Melody Johnson just looked too good to pass up. While I was expecting more romance, the twists and turns and overwhelming tension add to the mystery feel of the story, leaving the more tried and true Vamp meets Girl, Girl is in danger, fights happen and HEA appears in the dust.
Cassidy is a journalist, curious by nature and profession she is after the next newest thing, and she uncovers far more than she could have expected. A purported animal attack victim catches her interest, and her exposing the possibility that more is in play than anyone expected put her right in danger and in the middle of a world she didn’t know existed.
Dominic is the master vampire of New York City, and Cassidy’s continued poking at the world she has no idea about may lead him to drastic measures: it won’t be the first or last time a curious looky-loo was silenced. But, when he realizes that she has powers of her own, and can become vampire, her intelligence, organization and experience as a journalist become an asset: she can work with him to quash the potential rebellion.
Oh this was fun, even though I had ideas about the ‘bad guy’ early on, it wasn’t completely revealed or gave me the solid “ok- I understand it all now” moment until the very end, a wonderful note to end this story but keep me curious about the next in the series.
Full of action and suspense, the new creation story for the vampires and a refreshing lack of the romantic triangles or angst that often overtakes a plot and pushes all else to the side, Johnson’s snappy dialogue, action packed moments and a clear sense of explaining the new world to Cassidy without dumbing down the many factors that contributed to the potential uprising kept the story fresh with a solid mystery arc that flowed nicely from beginning to end.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.