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Tessa and her friends were supposed to be on their way home. On their way to safety. Instead she wakes up alone, with her friends kidnapped. Targeted and hunted, Tessa goes on the attack, desperate to find her friends and family. But her attackers want her throwback genes and will do anything to have her locked down in their lab.
Caught in a dangerous maze, Cody is torn between helping his fellow captives and finding Tessa. He’s young to have the connection that’s growing between him and his best friend’s sister. But any future they might have is in jeopardy if they can’t stop the blood farm from taking over the humans…and his people.
Jared is free at last, but he can’t stop thinking about what he went through at the blood farm and those who helped him. Then he finds out something personal that so horrifying, he has to act…even if it means walking back into the place he swore to never return.
These three need to be strong… the war is far from over…and they are right in the middle of it.
When we left Tessa she was heading home with David, Jewel, Ian Cody and the counsel member their father trusted. She didn’t know him or the driver. She falls asleep and when she wakes, she’s alone in the car. There’s no sign of anyone and there is really nowhere to hide then she remembers something she saw when she first awoke. Not a jet stream but their energy.
While Tessa is trying to find her brother and friends, Jared gets some visitors, the police of course and his Aunt. He’s pretty sure his Uncle sold him to the blood farm but he’d have to prove it.
Jewel and Cody wake from the drugs first and manage to get free of their bindings. The other two wake while they are untying them. In a typical mistake the room they are in isn’t locked so they start looking for Tessa. What find is more vampires including the Counselman who was with them all drugged but the Counselman is on a different type of machine.
Serus and Goran realizing the kids are missing AGAIN, head back to the blood farm, they also need to find Taz.
In the meantime Tessa gets closer to where the guys and Jewel are being held, and having some interesting thoughts.
This is a favorite scene.
“Oomph!” Smash. Tumble. Groan. Tessa cried out in panic as her legs pumped hard, trying to keep her on her feet as the force propelled her forward.
“Ah, shit.” Again, she wasn’t thinking. She should have landed and lifted off immediately. And then suddenly she found herself airborne again…and how she soared! The energetic force propelled her way further than she could have guessed.
“Yes!” she laughed as her jump crossed half the field and removed much of the force from her fall. She landed, a little hard, but immediately lifted off again and soared another amazing amazing distance. Finally, she could slow enough to land and walk a few feet before finally coming to a dead stop.
She took several more steps, then crouched to rest and catch her breath. That had been a rush. Not one she really wanted to repeat any time soon, but if that’s how fliers felt every time they flew…wow. What an incredible feeling.
With her nerves steady again and her breathing more or less normal, Tessa walked toward the small village off to the left.
She slipped behind the first set of trees and surveyed the cluster of buildings. The windows were covered to almost black. So, it was a vampire holding.
Where the hell was she, anyway? And how come there were so many vampire holdings hidden away? The very concept of a hidden holding made her think again of the assholes who had been screwing her life up
There was no sign of anyone out of the buildings. But the windows were a dead giveaway.
Time was running out. It was getting harder to see the trail and, with the sunlight, the rest of the energy would be even harder to see. She jumped to the top of the nearest tree, picked out her next spot and glided across, keeping as low a profile as possible. Now, if she could land as smoothly as her father, she’d barely disturb the trees. Instead, the tops swayed and shook with her erratic movements. It took time, but she eventually worked her way around the small village to the far side. And then she found the house where the energy stream dissipated.
So, whoever had been at the vehicle had landed here. She studied the area, searching for any other energy patterns but found none. If the vamps had come here, they were either still here or had left by a different method.
Shifting her gaze slightly, she could barely see the shimmer of other energies melting into the mix. Cody’s shone – weak, but threaded through the stream.
Her heart lightened.
He was here. She could sense him. Her gaze widened as she realized the truth of that. She couldn’t actually hear him or see him, but there was a feeling of connectedness. She closed her eyes and focused as hard as she could. Cody?
There was nothing except…maybe a warming warming sensation. But then, maybe there wasn’t either.
She didn’t dare worry about all the reasons why Cody might not be able to answer her. If she did, the fear would drop her to her knees.
She shivered in the tree. Why didn’t she have a cell phone? Well, she did, but…the damn battery was dead. She needed to be able to call her father at least. Did he have any idea that they were missing yet? And what about her mother? Had those damn drugs left her system yet?
Still, it was David, Jewel, Ian, and Cody who worried her the most right now. They’d been with her when they’d left the blood farm. They should be with her now. She was damn tired of waking up alone.
Her eyes widened. And then she grinned.
And didn’t that bring up a whole slew of possibilities? Damn Cody for taking over her thoughts and stirring up her hormones. She’d believed Jared was the love of her life until Cody flew in and stole a piece of her heart – or maybe the whole thing.
Mayer, Dale. Vampire in Design (Family Blood Ties Book 3) (pp. 51-54). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.
There are so many things going on from so many different angles. You just won’t be able to stop reading.
Jared gets involved again, more information on who’s doing what to who and some interesting weapons come to light.
Plenty of action, some tears and yes, a cliffhanger. Off to read the next one!
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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).
She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!
To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.