Caitlin Parish should have been the last person to fall for a vampire. A member of the Vampire Control Unit, her relationship with master vampire Kane Malloy had explosive consequences. Caitlin’s colleagues count her as the enemy. And now she’s going back.
Kane has made powerful enemies of his own – and is being targeted by the head of the Global Council, Sirius Throme. With the stakes higher than ever before, Kane knows caring for Caitlin makes him vulnerable. Worse, her decision to return to VCU feels like betrayal.
With Throme threatening to tear Blackthorn apart, and the prophesied vampire leader finally revealed, Kane and Caitlin must both fight with everything they have to stop an all out war. But they’re fighting on opposite sides…
Right when she needs him most, Caitlin makes a shocking discovery about Kane. Has he been playing her all along? And can she trust him with her life when he won’t even trust her with the truth?
The choice Caitlin makes will change the game in Blackthorn forever.
Now, I'd hate anyone to imagine it's just about the tangled relationship and hasten to reassure Ms Pryor has one or two more tricks up her sleeve. First there are creatures from the fabled fourth dimension appearing in Blackthorn and then, there's the tricky murder investigation Caitlin is involved in. Kane seems determined to derail her, but why? Clearly he is protecting Caitlin, but what does it all have to do with the much feared prophecy? Then we have the fact that war is pretty much starting to look inevitable as actions by those in power are felt in the world of Blackthorn.
If brutally frank, I really did not enjoy the constant back and forth between Caitlin and Kane. Yes, I know Kane has his reasons for his evasion, but it just had way too much angst for me and at times I just wanted to bang their heads together! Fear not though as characters from previous books appear which really opens up the bigger picture and answers are forthcoming.
The story isn't quite over though but (hopefully) Caitlin and Kane might just walk away with trust between them. One thing that struck me was just how different Blood Dark by a fellow Brit read. Words are used that never seem to appear in bog standard* paranormal which made a refreshing change as yes, I wear knickers and not the dreaded panties! I mean yuk, children are taught doggy not dog to make it seem more cuddly and less threatening , so since when did an item of intimate apparel become scary? Ok rant over but the joy of seeing such words as "mardy" used cannot be downplayed.
A good addition to this series but it will leave you wanting more!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
*(I had no idea what Marta was referring to here so I googled the phrase, bog standard - yes, there is such a word. Google it and find out what it means)