Title: Destiny’s Rogue
Author: Linda J. Parisi
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampire Romance
When vampire queen Samira Anai Se-Bat turns scientist Cordell Stuart into a vampire, she makes him a deal. If he promises to find a cure for Nirvana, the drug being used to create rogues, she will find and protect his daughter Kayla.
A direct descendant of The Mother and The Father, Samira must protect her race from her brother-in-blood, Antu Si-Tayat. Antu murdered the priests and priestesses of the temple so he could be the only ruler, causing Samira to imprison him for his crimes. Having escaped, Antu wants revenge.
A cellular kineticist, Cord stumbled on Nirvana while trying to save Kay’s life. He never thought his research would create an army of deadly rogue vampires. Now he is caught between his promise to save a race he neither trusts nor understands, and the need to find and save his daughter.
With Antu pitting vampire factions against each other, war is brewing and Sam is caught between her promise to save Kay and her need to protect her people. But a vision shows both thrones blending into one until they are no more. If Sam follows the vision and sacrifices herself, will Antu subjugate the world?
In a race against time and destiny, Sam and Cord figure out what they have to do, and find the cost will be their new found love, possibly their lives. Or will it? For a Destiny’s Rogue, nothing is certain except love. Love will always endure.
Samira is a vampire queen and must outmaneuver her brother if she is to win the war and unite the vampires. Rogue vampires are everywhere, no matter what Samira does to quash their numbers. Her brother, Antu, has escaped and is waging war. She needs help to defeat him, so she turns to the scientist, who created the drug that makes vampires go rogue, into a vampire. It’s not what she would’ve chosen but destiny has other plans. Torn between her promise to the scientist and the future of her people, she must choose. Will she give up on love, which she craves more than blood, or can she follow her destiny and achieve peace?
Destiny’s Rogue is a paranormal romance filled with gritty vampires and a queen willing to do whatever it takes, even sacrificing an all-consuming love. From start to finish, this book had me in its clutches. I’m a hard-core vampire romance reader. I like my vampires dangerous, dark, and alluring. What a refreshing storyline to have a vampire queen fall for a scientist. I connected with Samira right away. With all the turmoil and pressure she had to deal with, her fortitude and determination made her shine. Without a doubt, Antu is a character you’ll love to hate. I’ve loathed him and wanted to lock him away for all eternity. As you can tell, I got emotionally invested in Destiny’s Rogue and the characters. It all comes down to the writing. From the descriptive narration to the plot progression and the full cast of characters, Linda J. Parisi has penned an exquisite vampire romance. The world-building is second to none and the vampire lore makes for an unputdownable read. If paranormal romance is your reading jam, pick up Destiny’s Rogue. If you love gritty, intense vampire romance, Destiny’s Rogue is your next read. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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As a major in biochemistry with a minor in English literature, Linda has always tried to mesh her love of science with her love of the written word. Once a clinical research scientist, now a NJRW Golden Leaf, N.N. Light’s Book Heaven 2021 Paranormal Romance award, and the 2022 HOLT Medallion winner for Speculative Fiction, she creates unforgettable characters and puts them in untenable situations, much to their dismay. Choices always matter and love conquers all, so a happy-ever-after is a must. Linda is a member of the Board of Liberty States Fiction Writers. She has served on the boards of other writing organizations, and loves to teach the craft of writing at workshops and conferences. She lives in New Jersey with her husband John, son Chris, daughter-in-law Sara, and Audi and Archer, a pair of pooches who had her at woof!
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N