I received this book for free from Netgalley in order to prepare an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Vampire's Honor (Vampire's Promise, #3) by Carla Susan Smith
Series: Vampire's Promise #3
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on September 27th 2016
“Mistress of impulsive decisions, questionable behavior, and foolish choices…Yeah, I was all that and more. Guilty of obeying my heart more than my head. And this was going to be no exception.”
FINAL DECISION: This series is improving with every book. I enjoyed this one because we got to know more about Aleksei (which is deeply woven with Gabriel’s story). I liked how the various threads of the various storylines weave together. There are still a lot of questions, and some seriously messed up situations, but I am never bored with the plot of this series.
THE STORY: Rowan is building a new life with her Vampire lover Gabriel but there is much about the past that she doesn’t know. In this book, she discovers more about Gabriel’s friend Aleksei. Aleksei’s past comes to threaten Rowan and Gabriel. Rowan is also dealing with the after effects of having a portion of her soul stolen by a demon. Rowan and Gabriel are threatened by all around them in this book.
OPINION: I enjoyed this book best of the three I have read so far. The action and plot in this series is really ramping up. There is not a tremendous amount of progress in Rowan and Gabriel’s relationship, but this book seems like the beginning of the long time test of their relationship.
The relationship between Rowan and Gabriel seems to be normalizing. The two are living together and Rowan has truly given up her normal life. Clearly Rowan has sacrificed almost everything to be with Gabriel. But the two haven’t been able to get to a stable compromise.
The two must learn to navigate a relationship and truthfully neither has done that before. Both continue to act more like individuals than a couple. They make independent decisions that have bad consequences. I like that their relationship is challenged in this manner.
I also appreciated that Rowan is beginning to recognize the possible folly of her actions and yet she allows her heart to guide her. The question is whether or not those actions will ultimately be right or wrong.
This book has a lot of background about the couple’s friend Aleksei. His story is told and is not over by the time this book ends. We are also introduced to a couple of new enemies who threaten the happiness of Rowan and Gabriel and their friends.
The serial format of these books means that there are more and more problems which arise in each book. That doesn’t bother me, but I know that some readers are driven crazy by the lack of resolution.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book is part of a serial involving the same couple. This book ends on a cliffhanger for those who might not like those types of books.
CONNECTED BOOKS: A VAMPIRE’S HONOR is the third book in the Vampire’s Promise series. This is a serial that follows one couple. Each book is connected to the others and the books have cliffhangers and unresolved issues.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.