|Blood Vice by Keith Melton|
Series: The Nightfall Syndicate, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Action
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Format: e-book, paperback in Dec 2009/Jan 2010
When a human is turned into a vampire, the newly-turned vampire is a slave to the master that turned him. The master can control his every action, and the master-slave relationship continues until the master is slain.
"Business has never been better for hit man Karl Vance. Boston is awash in mafia blood, and Vance has a certain fondness for blood. He’s a master vampire—one of the most powerful of his kind. Having sworn to never again feed on the blood of innocents, Karl preys instead on Boston’s criminal underworld. Which makes him a valuable asset to those who deal in death.
Maria Ricardi intends to use that asset to its full extent in order to gain power within her patriarchal crime family. Vance thinks he’s been hired to keep track of the family’s princess, but she’s got a plan to get her hands dirty and earn the respect she deserves. And she’s not above using their instant attraction to get what she wants.
That driving ambition draws the attention of a rival clan’s newest and most dangerous “consultant.” Alejandro Delgado, Vance’s centuries-old nemesis. Delgado zeroes in on the one chink in Vance’s armor—his fondness for the headstrong Maria.
When she becomes enslaved by Delgado’s unnatural kiss, only one thing is certain. Vance has to decide which he wants more. To settle the score—or rescue her soul.
Warning: Intense, graphic mafia-related violence, profanity, gangster slang, assassinations, fang punctures, explicit vampire sex, betrayal, greed, murder, gangland warfare, pervasive supernatural mayhem, large-scale explosions, and extremely expensive Italian suits."
I read this book some weeks ago, so nothing's really fresh in my mind. I've been wracking my head trying to figure out why I love this book and I think it's because I just really like the Karl and Maria.
It's vampires and the mafia (and also a group of holy knights), so there are turf wars and politics going on, but they're like the spice to the action. This book was really fun to read and time just flew by for me. I cannot wait for the next book. I'm so disappointed that there's no release date for it.