I am excited to present a review of Book #2 in the Colony Series, UNITED SERVICE, a paranormal romance by Regina Morris. Please enjoy the review and take advantage of the opportunity to enter the rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win an eBook copy of the first book in the Colony Series, ETERNAL SERVICE. The link for the giveaway is at the bottom of the review.
UNITED SERVICE, a paranormal romance by Regina Morris, was the first adult, vampire book that I have read, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised on many levels. I expected to like the book, of course, but I was impressed with the originality; it didn’t stick with the usual “vampire rules” that many books seem to follow. I love the fact that the author took the concept of vampires but put a whole new twist on it.
UNITED SERVICE is almost like two stories in one. It begins with a central focus on the main character, Sterling, a half-breed vampire who is a part of the secret service and lives in what is known as the “colony”, basically a mansion where a large group of vampires live together and are dedicated to protecting the president.
As the story begins, Sterling is thrown into a murder/kidnapping investigation. It has the feel of a CSI story in the making except that the detectives are vampires. The story takes a turn when Sterling meets Kate. There’s an immediate chemistry between the two, but for some reason she resists him. She is an intriguing character and though mysterious, she is very likeable. Sterling and Kate are both new to the idea of love which brings a whole new layer to the story.
I love that even though the book is about vampires, Regina Morris, manages to bring a realistic twist to the story and makes it seem almost believable that vampires could actually live amongst us. I enjoyed the originality of the story.
I rated the book 4 stars, however if I would really give it 4.5 stars if I could. The only reason it didn’t receive 5 stars was because I felt there was too much separation between the detective portion of the story and the actual love story. At points I felt like I was reading two stories instead of one. The plot was fantastic however and the characters were very likeable and well developed. Regina also did a fantastic job in creating the supporting characters.
UNITED SERVICE is the second book in the Colony Series. I haven’t had the opportunity to read the first book yet, ETERNAL SERVICE, but I definitely plan to. The cool thing about this series is that each book can be read independently. Even though I haven’t read ETERNAL SERVICE, I wasn’t lost because each book is a unique story. The characters between the stories are intertwined, but each book focuses on a different main character. I was excited to learn that Regina has two more books in the series that will be forthcoming. Book #3, Enduring Service, and Book #4, Reliant Service. I have added them to my Goodreads list and look forward to reading them.
UNITED SERVICE blurb:
Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child’s teacher … They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do it over and over again. Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in. Some however want power and control. The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires. Sterling, a half-breed vampire who works with a covert team of vampires to protect the President of the United States, is the weakest link in the chain for his team, and he knows it. His unique ability to glean information from inanimate objects has Sterling spending much of his lonely life down in the evidence room at FBI headquarters. His current case involves the kidnapping of vampire children by a religious cult trying to save them. Sterling snatches the opportunity to do some field work by teaming up with a purebred vampire, Kate, who is the nanny of one of the missing children. Sterling’s world is turned upside down by Kate. She is everything Sterling could hope for in a mate, and he wonders if she’d ever consider loving a half-breed. Kate is beautiful, intelligent, charming and sophisticated – but has led a sheltered life and is considered handicapped by vampire standards. Will she be willing to trust Sterling with her dark personal secret? Could she be able to open her heart to a bad-boy who’s never known true love before? Together, can they save the children and find true love?
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