Vampire in Defiance – Family Blood Ties Book 5 By Dale Mayer

Vampire in Defiance
Family Blood Ties Book 5
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Moltere’s Mountain is on the verse of collapse with teenage vampire Tessa, her friends and family still inside. Tessa vows not to go down without a fight, nor to leave anyone behind. In a race to save everyone, time runs out…

Grounded with an injured wing, Cody wants the girl he loves to flee with him while they still can. But, in order to do that, they would need to abandon friends and family who are missing. Even as he fears the worst, the decision he doesn’t want to be the one to make is taken from him.

Human teenager Jared has led an army into the mountain only to realize that the allies he’s enlisted to help him against Old World vampires intent on enslaving the human race as a feeding source view the annihilation of all vampires – not just the bad ones – as the only recourse to put an end to the war. Fearing Tessa and Cody and their family and friends will be destroyed by the unstoppable army he’s gathered, Jared isn’t sure how to keep the land- mine he inadvertently created from blowing up in his face and taking out everyone he cares about in the process.

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I know this is later than I usually post but I sort of had to binge read a bit. Posting his one now and the next book later today.

When we left Tessa and Cody they had gotten buried, whether from an earthquake or a bomb is yet unknown. Goran and Serus dig them out, they’re injured and like everyone else, exhausted.

Jared had come back to the mines with soldiers, however once he realizes they are out to kill all the vampires he knows he has to save Tessa, her family and friends regardless of the cost to himself.

In the meantime, Rhia and Wendy have come back to the mines to find the others. Only they run into the other half of the soldiers. The soldiers aren’t happy to see them and a phone call to the human council ensues.

When Jared finds Tessa and the gang, they had already evaded the soldiers who thought they were already dead and found more disturbing evidence of the cloning.

This is a favorite scene.

“You can’t keep doing this,” Cody growled behind her. “You have to eat.”

She knew that. She’d come back here to look for clean blood and had found nothing clean about this place. Just more evidence of the nastiness of some vampires. In the background, she could hear Goran and Serus talking. Cody’s name popped up several times. She looked over at him, but he seemed oblivious.

It wasn’t her business, but it was impossible to avoid hearing parts of the conversation. Something about Cody needing Goran. Needed his father. Not this broken man. Goran had lost one son and he didn’t need to lose them both to this nightmare.

She gasped. This had been hard on Cody, but she didn’t think it was that bad.

I’m not. Your father is using that line to make my father calm down, see sense. I’m fine, he comforted her silently.

Thank God. She squeezed his hand. He had me wondering there for a moment.

No worries. I’m fine. No, I don’t like what Tyson did, and I’m scared for my father. Cody pulled her closer into his embrace, dropping a kiss on the top of her head. He didn’t deserve this. He’s really strong, but inside he’s more puppy dog than you might believe.

She spun around to stare at him in shock. No one would ever call Goran a puppy dog. An injured wolf, maybe. But he never gets out of that predator status. He makes the council members cringe, she muttered.

Cody laughed. True. But it stopped you from worrying.

She laughed, loving the lightness voice. Maybe he really was okay.

I said I was, didn’t I?

She flushed. I wonder if I’m ever going to get used to this.

You and me both.

She cast another glance back at the men still talking, only this time her father had his arm around Goran’s shoulders and was leading him back toward them.

“Looks like they are finished.”

“And here I thought you were finished.”

The shockingly familiar voice sounded behind her, startling her. She spun around to stare dumbfounded at David. And standing beside him was…Jared.

“Oh my God, Jared.” She raced over to him and threw herself into his arms. She’d been so worried that he hadn’t made it out of the blood farm.

He hugged her tight and laughed. “It’s so good to see you. I was so afraid you’d died when that blast went off.” He pulled back to stare down at her, a sloppy grin on his face.

She beamed up at him as she stepped back, his arms falling away. “We survived. And you did too, obviously. What are you doing back here. I sent you out with all the techs and Taz to keep you safe.” She frowned and looked behind him. “And speaking of Taz, is he here?”

Jared shook his head. “No, he’s not. He’s supposed to be coming with another medical team to see if anyone can be saved from the warehouse.” His face sagged. “I’m afraid they are all dead.”

“Oh no,” she cried.

“But we don’t know that,” cautioned David. “So let’s not jump to conclusions.”

Tessa studied Jared’s face. Worry and fatigue had given him a worn haggard appearance. How horrible to have just found his father and now to lose him all over again. Although in truth, his father was barely a step up on the ladder of the life.

And that’s something we also don’t know. So no panicking yet please.

She snorted. Who’s panicking?

At Jared’s odd look and the flashes of amusement in David’s gaze, she realized what she must look like talking to Cody in her head. She linked arms with him. “Sorry. Have you come with help?”

Jared winced. “I thought I did. But honestly, I’m not sure the term ‘help’ is correct.” He started to explain, but David stopped him.

“Hang on. We need to get the elders over here to hear this.”

David walked toward the busted window that separated the two rooms and called out. The elders were already on their way, but once they saw Jared they came running.

By the time Jared finished explaining, they were stone faced.

“We saw the group you’re talking about.” Serus said. “They came into the other room while everyone was passed out. They assumed the group was dead and left.”

“But they left wishing they had come upon us earlier so they could kill us,” growled Goran, his gaze hard and

It was that look that bothered Tessa the most. He appeared to have crossed some sort of invisible line. She just didn’t know if that was a good thing or a bad thing.

She desperately wanted to get out of this place but knew they had other people they had to be wary of. And how did that work?

Her stomach growled loudly. Aggressively. Cody glared at her. She sighed and looked away, catching sight of Jared’s concerned face. She flushed. “Sorry. I haven’t eaten since…well…forever.”

“Tessa?” Jared scrounged in his pockets and drew out several granola bars. He held them out. “Do you want these?”

Her eyes lit up and she snatched them out of his hands. “Yes,” she said gleefully. “I do.” She ripped opened the first one and downed it in a few bites. She opened the second one and ate it more slowly.

“Lucky save,” David said jokingly.
Mayer, Dale. Family Blood Ties: Books 4-6: A Family Blood Ties collection (pp. 327-330). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Jared explains what he heard from the soldiers as well as giving Tessa granola bars. I still think it’s hysterical that a vampire can’t stand blood.

Now instead of just getting out they continue to look for Seth and Tessa’s friends from school. They find more than that and things get a bit crazy.

Rhia has her own challenges to get through as she searches with Wendy for her family and friends.

Lots of surprises in this one. I love how the relationships in the book develop and the link Cody and Tessa share is a hoot at times. The ending however is just WOW! This is one of those times I am very glad I bought bundles and had to finish the next book before I wrote this.

5 Contented Purrs for Dale!

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Dale Mayer

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.


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