Title: A Vampire's Unlikely Alliance (Demon's Witch #3)
Author: Tena Stetler
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Stefan is a Native American vampire, former assassin for the Vampire Council. In a twist of fate, he now DJ’s the midnight shift for a small radio station in Whitefish, Montana, on the edge of Glacier National Park where his secret is safe until...
Born in Ireland, Brandy now works as a park ranger and trail guide in the park. During a full moon, Stefan and Brandy’s paths cross in a near physical collision on a trail. Their attraction is immediate and undeniable, almost as if fate demanded it.
Their union was foretold long ago in Irish folk tales where vampires and gryphons, warlocks and demons, witches and faeries must work together for the good of man and magic kind. Is a trip to Ireland the key to unravelling secrets and returning the magic? And even more importantly, will their love survive the trip?
Stefan loves to run the trails at night and it’s here that he meets Brandy. He bumps into her while running, which is quite a feat consider he’s a vampire. He warns her he’s dangerous and she shrugs while showing no fear. Instantly, Stefan is attracted to her but has to take it slow. He senses she’s more than human but doesn’t know exactly what. They start dating and one thing leads to another… is it lust or could it be destined love?
Brandy fled Ireland for America because she didn’t want to be mated to her own kind. When she meets Stefan, she feels the attraction immediately, but she also senses his pain and mistrust. Her kind mates for life and while she loves kissing Stefan and snuggling, it can’t be more than that until Stefan is ready to commit.
A huge fight takes place and Brandy flees to Ireland to heal. She realizes she loves Stefan and comes back. They start again and when the opportunity rises, they head to Ireland to meet her folks. When dark forces try to destroy them, will they survive and more importantly, will Stefan commit to being Brandy’s mate or will he walk away?
I’m a big paranormal romance fan and was instantly intrigued by the premise. I kept asking myself as I started reading, “Is Brandy a witch, demon, some kind of shifter?” When it was revealed to me (and I’m not going to tell you so go read it), my mouth dropped open. All I’ll say is that it’s a shifter not commonly used in paranormal romance.
The romance between Stefan and Brandy is slow-burning yet realistic. Like most new love, there’s plenty of misunderstandings and drama. Reactions are fairly accurate and well-drawn out. Both have been deeply hurt by past loves yet in order for this relationship to work, both partners need to fully trust the other.
While the story is a good length, I found the middle section to be overly long. There were times when I couldn’t connect with the characters and the plot slowed to a crawl. The cover, as well, didn’t seem to fit with the story.
This is my first book by Tena Stetler and I didn’t realize it was part of a series until halfway through the book. The good thing is that I was able to piece together what was going on thanks to hints dropped by the author. It reads like a standalone but also as part of a series. Her ability to world-build is aces and I look forward to reading more from her. She nails the brooding vampire in her characterization which I applaud. I look forward to reading more from her.
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.
Favorite Character/Quote: Stefan. While he’s not your typical vampire, he’s got the brooding down pat. He must rectify his past hurts and shame if he’s going to make things work with Brandy. He’s a soulful creature and loves to play the guitar. His character grows quite a bit and I liked the character arc. Reminded me of Angel from Buffy.
My Rating: 4 stars
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With the majestic Rocky Mountains just outside the window, I sit at my computer with vampires, demons, witches, faeries, and a variety of paranormal creatures gathered around telling me their stories! That makes me an author of paranormal romance novels and cozy mysteries with magic spark. The everyday world is mundane but sprinkle a little magic and you have fantastic!
Colorado is home. I share my life with a wonderful husband of many moons, our brilliant Chow Chow, a terribly spoiled companion parrot, and a forty-year-old box turtle. We enjoy hiking, biking, and camping, also love water sports including kayaking and white-water rafting, especially on the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge.
Another passion of mine is reading a good novel. You can find me any winter evening curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate, and a big bowl of popcorn. While growing up, if I didn’t like the ending of a book, I’d rewrite it, which led to writing my own books.
Reluctantly, I discovered that in real life it’s tough to rewrite an ending.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N