The Deadly Pursuit: The Blood Hunter Series (Book Two) by Nina Croft
2 .5 out of 5 Stars
Reviewed by Jen Wagner
Reviewed by Jen Wagner
The storyline of The Deadly Pursuit was a definite first for me. The sci/fi fantasy included blood-sucking vampires, a space-traveling and shape-shifting werewolf, and a woman, pretending to be a boy, who was really the twenty-four-year old Lady Alexia, the high priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life. It was a tough read for me, especially given the fact that it was the second book in the series and I had never actually read the first. However, as I read this story, I forced myself to suspend my disbelief and take it at face value. Had I not, I would have never made it through. Nevertheless, the writing was good, it displayed great character development, and it was easy to read.
Croft did a remarkable job developing the sexual tension between characters Alex and Jon. A Cat and Mouse Game of Sexual Tension could easily become a humorous re-title for the book. I was always on my toes, wondering when Jon and Alex would finally unite, despite their constant interruption. The character development, expressed in both Jon and Alex’s characters, showed quite well throughout the story’s entirety. In the beginning, Jon was well aware of Alex’s physical interest in him, but he suppressed his desires to “put another woman in the same position of danger” like that of his former wife, who died once bitten by Jon. Jon would much rather live his life alone and experience “no strings attached” type relationships, rather than become responsible for another woman’s death. Yet, one cannot deny fate. Jon eventually repelled his qualms and accepted his destiny. Alex was naïve to seduction and deceit, and found herself in a few dangerous situations because of her naivety. Although a strong woman with an unbelievable willpower, she had a few lessons to learn. However, she developed a lot as a character, and exhibited strength and fortitude by the end of the story. Alex’s need to protect the one she loves, no matter the cost, is what drove her character.
Croft did an excellent job keeping the story flowing, despite the mass amounts of dialogue. I personally prefer a bit more prose and a bit less dialogue in fictional stories. However, with that said, it was still easy to follow and maintain an awareness of who was speaking despite the ambiguity it could have caused due to the frequent dialoguing.
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Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.