The Vampire Always Rises – Katie MacAlister [Review]

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New York Times Bestselling Author Katie MacAlister delivers with a new Dark Ones book!

Tempest Keye’s life is just beginning.
Growing up in a religious cult, Tempest could only dream of the world outside. Once free, Tempest is determined to live her life to the fullest, and to check off each item on her bucket list. First on her agenda – to meet an honest-to-goodness vampire. It’s just a shame the one she finds doesn’t understand how the whole Dark Ones thing is supposed to work. Luckily for him, she’s patient.

Merrick Simon’s life is coming to an end.
One of the legendary Four Horsemen, Merrick has saved the mortals and immortals alike from peril. Facing the most dangerous mission of his life, Merrick is forced to rely on a sexy, maddening woman who insists she’s his Beloved. Like he has time for that.

Both need more time…
The closer they come to finding the truth, the more dangers lurk in the shadows. Worse, Merrick finds himself falling for Tempest’s quirky take on life. Together, they fight for the one thing that matters most – their happily ever after.



The Vampire Always Rises coverI read The Vampire Always Rises because it caught my eye on the new releases shelf at the local library. Although I hadn’t read any of the Dark Ones books before, I’d read other books by Katie MacAlister and enjoyed them. So, I thought, why not? It looked like it would be a quick read.

The Story

Tempest, no longer trapped by a religious cult, sets off on a European adventure to meet vampires. Her aunt, Roxy, arranged for her to stay with a Dark One, author C.J. Dante (Christian) and his wife. She also plans to visit her cousin Carlo in Italy.

When Tempest arrives in Christian’s home the Czech Republic, no one is there other than the butler. During her wait, a man comes to the door and drops off an injured vampire. Tempest seizes the opportunity to save him with her blood and body. Merrick, the Dark One she saved, appreciates her help, but needs to get back to work on tracking Victor, the man who killed his sister.

Tempest believes she is Merrick’s Beloved. She drives him crazy, trying to convince him. He’s torn between keeping Tempest safe and doing his job as one of the Four Horsemen.

All of the elements of the story came together seamlessly. The Vampire Always Rises is well-plotted, fast-paced, and fun to read.

The Characters

Katie MacAlister excels at making quirky or fantastical characters seem realistic. Although the main character is annoyingly happy and positive, I believed and understood her. Tempest’s background made it easy for me to relate to why she behaved the way she did.

I thought it was very entertaining watching Merrick try to deal with his feelings for Tempest, which ranged from annoyance, lust, and outright dislike. It didn’t seem likely that he would take to the idea of her being his Beloved, but he finally came around. And when he did, I believed it. Although the love between them happens fast, it didn’t feel like insta-love.

Both Merrick and Tempest are likable characters. Tempest is brave, enthusiastic, and friendly. Merrick is more of a tortured soul–despite he has no soul–but he was still a good guy at heart. He was protective without being overbearing. I also loved how Tempest stood up to him and wouldn’t be told what to do. It was cute to see how Merrick reacted to that.

The Writing

The Vampire Always Rises includes romance, humor, danger, and mystery. I thought Katie MacAlister did a fantastic job of balancing all the different aspects. Also, she provided enough setting details for me to envision every scene clearly. The book played like a movie in my mind. It wasn’t slowed down by the backstory, either. I got to know the characters well, while the action kept going. I love Katie MacAlister’s straightforward writing style.

Do I Recommend?

I loved The Vampire Always Rises! This is a book I will strongly recommend to anyone who likes the idea of a naive and sunny main character who falls in love with a tough vampire dedicated to nothing besides his job. If you would like to read a book with hot sex, funny scenes like erotic dancers attacking vampires with garden tools, and some danger and mystery, you should definitely read The Vampire Always Rises. I’ll definitely go back to the beginning of the series to read the rest of the Dark Ones books.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (A)

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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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  2. This sounds good. Excellent find!

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