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When first reading this book, I was a little hesitant. Not because I didn't think it would be good - I knew it would be good, with that cover and that plot summary, it had to be. But I was concerned that I would find the idea of a girl used for her blood to be too distasteful to get past. Megan Erickson did a great job of relieving my fears fairly early on, by making Tendra a spitfire who wouldn't take crap from anyone and Athan a protector who learns to love with human passion and understanding. They became a couple I could enjoy and relate to quickly, making the rest of the book fly by.
Tendra Parrish has been raised constantly on the move, her mother forcing them to move often, never staying in one place for more than five years. Now that her mother is gone, Tendra has finally found a place where she might just begin to make friends and have a life. That is, until Athan barges into her life, suddenly and without remorse. Athan is tasked with bringing her back to his brother, the heir to the Gregorie King. She is the prophesied Sanguivita, the key to defeating their enemy, the Valerian, an evil race of vampires bent on using humans as slaves for their blood. Almost immediately, Tendra takes issue with being used for her blood, and Athan realizes he has a battle on his hands. On two fronts - one, in getting her back to his brother's home in one piece, and two, in keeping her endearing self away from his surprisingly vulnerable heart.
Both Tendra and Athan were perfectly delightful characters! Tendra was not a damsel in distress, even though she was happy to lean on Athan when faced with horrifying things while on their journey to her new home. She had trained in self defense, so she was able to save herself at times, but she also knew when she was in over her head. I appreciated that she didn't have any TSTL (too stupid to live) moments, when she definitely could have, if her character were written by another author. Thankfully, Megan Erickson took pity on her readers, and created a heroine that was a lovely blend of kickass and vulnerable. My favorite!
There is definitely going to be a second book, which I am ecstatic to read! This one will focus on Athan's brother, Idris. As hunky as his brother, but with a warrior's mind, I am eager to become better acquainted with him!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley. This is my honest review.**