Title: The Vampire Contract
Author: RJ Scott
Cover Artist: Martine Jardin
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Buy Link: Amazon The Vampire Contract (Supernatural Bounty), eXtasy books
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Rating: 5+ stars
A Guest Review by Sammy
Review Summary: Vampires and werewolves and magic, oh my!
Blurb: A vampire guilty of murder on the run from justice to prove his innocence. A werewolf sent to retrieve him with one thought – that only the guilty run.
Vampire Micah Jamieson is found guilty of killing his human husband. He runs from the execution he is facing to get home. He just has to pray he’ll reach home before supernatural law enforcement, in the shape of a Glitnir Court Retriever close in on him.
Wolf shifter and Retriever, Connor Strand easily captures Micah and he’s fully prepared to take the runaway in. But his wolf has other ideas. Something about Micah challenges Connor and his long held beliefs.
What if Micah is actually innocent? Will Connor put to one side his own prejudices, and then risk both his life and career to keep Micah safe?
Review: Take one small, lithe, studious vampire with a mysterious twin and one determined, blindly loyal werewolf and throw them into a situation that is fraught with tension, and danger and you should have a recipe for disaster. Particularly when the wolf decides that the vampire is not the quarry but the very thing which must be protected at all cost.
RJ Scott’s The Vampire Contract takes us on a fast-paced adventure where most things are more than meets the eye. Connor Strand has unquestioningly served the Glitner Council for years, doggedly rounding up its criminals for swift and merciless justice in order to protect his own family from the Council’s deadly grip. Contracted to serve out a sentence as a retriever for crimes his family supposedly committed, Connor takes great pride in his captures and the take down of Micah will be business as usual for him, or so he thinks.
Micah has been falsely accused of killing his human husband and is on the run to find the only person who can possibly have the ability to clear his name and keep him safe, his elusive twin brother. The two men meet, hunter and prey, and the impossible happens when Connor realizes his inner wolf has indeed found his mate in no one other than Micah. Now the chase is on–but both men have suddenly become the hunted.
I will unabashedly admit that I enjoyed this little novella immensely. RJ Scott has grown and matured as a writer and her stories, while tending on the shorter side, are packed with action, interesting plot lines and enough twists and turns to keep this reader plenty happy.
In a short space and time, she develops her characters giving them great emotional depth and, in this instance, paves the way for the next offering in this series without sacrificing the current story. All to often, I see secondary characters thrown into novels for the sake of priming the reader for the next installment, rather than for plot development. Not so with The Vampire Contract–-here each member of the cast is important to the main action and there are no “throw away” roles for the sake of continuing the series.
I am intrigued with this new series and I have often remarked that when it comes to the paranormal genre there is more fluff than substance. In The Vampire Contract, RJ Scott gives us a new twist on an old and familiar story and keeps our interest piqued and hungry for more.