Review: Marked by the Vampire by Cynthia Eden

marked by the vampireTitle: Marked By The Vampire (Purgatory, #2)

Author: Cynthia Eden
Release Date: June 9, 2014
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

Book Summary:

Vampires exist. So do werewolves. The creatures that you fear in the darkness? They’re all real. And the baddest of the paranormals…those who love to hurt humans…they’re sent to Purgatory, the only paranormal prison in the U.S.

His job is to stop the monsters.

Deadly forces are at work within Purgatory. The monsters are joining together—and their plans have to be stopped. FBI Agent Shane August, a very powerful vampire with a dark past, is sent into the prison on an undercover assignment. His job is to infiltrate the vampire clan, by any means necessary.

She wants to help the prisoners.

Dr. Olivia Maddox wants to find out just why certain paranormals go bad. What pushes some vampires over the edge? Why do some werewolves turn so savage? If she can understand the monsters, then Olivia thinks she can help them. When she gets permission to enter Purgatory, Olivia believes she is being given the research opportunity of a lifetime.

Olivia doesn’t realize that she’s walking straight into hell.

To survive, they have to rely on each other.

When the prisoners break loose, there is only one person—one vampire—who can protect her, but as Olivia and Shane fight the enemies that surround them, a dark and dangerous passion stirs to life between the doctor and the vamp. Shane realizes that Olivia is a woman carrying secrets—powerful, sinful secrets. Secrets that a man would kill to possess.

And Olivia realizes that—sometimes—you can’t control the beast inside of you. No matter how hard you try. Some passions can push you to the very limits of your control…and the growing lust that she feels for her vampire…it’s sending her racing right into a deadly storm of desire.

Welcome to Purgatory…a place that’s a real hell on earth…

My Thoughts:

Marked By The Vampire by Cynthia Eden is paranormal romance with intense action and raw passion. You don’t want to miss it! I can typically write a review right after I finish a book but I had to let this settle for a few days. It had me so twisted up I couldn’t form the words I wanted to say about it! This is a book that you cannot put down. Cynthia writes in a way that there are no breaks in the story, so you can’t just get to a low point and put it down. If there is not an action scene happening between the character there is a relationship developing between Shane and Olivia.

Marked By The Vampire is the second book in the Purgatory series and even better than the first. Cynthia is extremely talented at coming up with new and fascinating plots for her books and that is what keeps me coming back to her stories. We get to meet Shane, an undercover FBI agent in the Para Unit who also happens to be a vampire. He is sent to Purgatory to see what’s going on down there because something isn’t right. Olivia is a Psychologist and is drawn to Purgatory because she wants to understand why paranormals act on their evil instincts and how she can help them control those instincts. Things don’t go so well for either Shane or Olivia in Purgatory.

The character development is fantastic in Marked By The Vampire. I loved how Shane and Olivia’s relationship played out because you never quite knew if their physical attraction to one another was real or if they were controlling each other with some mind control/magic. The pull was just too great to ignore, though. Even though it may have been raw to begin with, you could still feel the underlying passion and trust between the two main characters. You felt hope that it was going to work out and Cynthia did not disappoint. Of course the intimacy was very dramatic and hot. Makes me want to be bitten by a vampire just to feel what Olivia felt. 😉

The appearance of Duncan and Holly from the first book, The Wolf Within, was a welcome addition to the story. I love a series because you don’t have to let go the characters you loved from previous books. I really can’t say enough good things about Marked By The Vampire. If you like paranormal romance filled with suspense and passion, you need to read this book.

Reviewed by: Amy R.

Five stars

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