Dark Crime first appeared in the anthology Edge of Darkness.
Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala
Blaze plans to avenge her father’s death. She intends to kill the Hallahan brothers. She has invited them to the war she is starting. She calls the number on the bar next to the phone, the one her father saved for emergencies. Maksim Volkov answers her call. He realizes immediately who she is and what she is planning. Tariq Asenguard and Maksim rush to stop her. She is Maksim’s lifemate and he is determined to save her then claim her.
Blaze and Maksim partner up to protect her friend Emeline. Tariq and Maksim realize there are two master vampires in the area. More is going on than the Carpathians thought. Blaze’s revenge and her father’s murder are just the iceberg. She and Emeline get pulled deeper into the vampire world as Blaze embraces her lifemate. The fight is just beginning.
I love this author and this novella didn’t disappoint. Blaze was an awesome character, trained to fight by her father. She is smart and strong. She is exactly my favorite type of female character. Add in Maksim as her lifemate and the sparks fly. They are both strong personalities and stubborn.
The author created these situations that made Blaze vulnerable. I loved how she handled them. She and Maksim were a great pairing and the story it introduces was a great read so far. You know Emeline will come into play later as will the Carpathian warrior they end up finding. I can’t wait to see how the story evolves. I love them all. I give this a 4 out of 5.