The show’s creators are vampire celebrities Arthur and Lucy Holmwood, who once inspired characters from the original Dracula. Now, however, they have no qualms about announcing their true status to the human world, endangering the secrecy of the Old World and Scarlett’s mission to keep it hidden.
But before she can begin untangling the Holmwoods’ motives, Scarlett also discovers that their new production has attracted more than just fans: Las Vegas’s many vampires are suddenly disappearing, and rumors are flying that actual vampire hunters may have followed Arthur and Lucy to town.
Now, without her allies, her bargest, or her frequent partner Jesse Cruz, Scarlett must navigate a new underworld of secrets and murders in a city where nothing is ever as it seems. And the stakes have never been higher.
What I liked: When I first started the Scarlett Bernard series, I became easily frustrated with Scarlett. She seemed very immature and wasn’t my favorite character. But the overall premise of the books was interesting enough to keep me going. Then, came the Boundary Magic books and I just fell in love with the characters. There is a nice bit of overlap between the two series.
I found myself comparing the heroines of the two series and believe it or not, began to appreciate Scarlett just a bit more. After the first Boundary Magic trilogy, Ms Olson went back to Scarlett’s story in the Disrupted Magic series and I began to see how the puzzle pieces and the characters fit together in Ms Olson’s world.
I felt Scarlett has grown so much in this second series and I became more invested in her as the lead and also her storyline. Admittedly the secondary characters helped immensely with the process but kudos to Ms Olson for growing Scarlett’s character at what I feel now is the correct pace.
I found plenty of surprises in Blood Gamble and am anxiously awaiting to see how this trilogy will end. The pacing is great, the imagination of the story still keeps me engaged, and the development of the characters if fascinating.
What I didn’t like: Now, this wasn’t a problem for me but some readers might feel the lack of a love interest for Scarlett to be a drawback. At this time in the series, I feel Ms Olsen has done the correct thing in leaving Scarlett’s love life up in the air. As a reader, I don’t know what to expect for Scarlett in the romance department and I like that very much.
Overall, a genuinely intriguing story and I just flew through my ARC provided by NetGalley.