Narrator: Justine Eyre, P.J. Ochlan
Length: 10 hrs 29 mins
Series: Deep In Your Veins #1
Published by Suzanne Wright on January 13, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Sam Parker is a vampire with a gift so strong and substantial that she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand High Master Vampire’s private army. She finds that not only has the army never included a woman, but it has never included a Sventé vampire; a breed that is regarded by the super strong Pagori breed and the hypnotically beautiful Keja breed to be too tame and human-like. Most refuse to take her seriously, especially a Pagori commander named Jared who she craves in spite of herself.
The Grand High Master, however, sees her potential and offers her the position of Jared’s co-commander to help train the newest squad in time for the impending attack on his home. Sam has to demonstrate to Jared and the squad of chauvinists why it is incredibly foolish to underestimate a willful, temperamental, borderline-homicidal Sventé female.
Warning: This novel contains an iron-willed female vampire with an energy whip, a sexist male vampire who is determined to have her, explicit vampy sex, and a romance story with real bite.
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Here Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright takes us into a world that seems to be run by vampires. Humans are mainly available food and we don’t see a lot of interaction with humans in the book. In the vampire world there are different types of vampires and their skills and powers are dependent on the type.
Sam Parker is chosen to leave her maker and become part of the Grand High Masters Legion. She has been fighting and using her powers for her maker basically against her will for years. This is a huge opportunity for her to get out of her position and away from her maker. The problem is Sam is a woman, and a Sventé vampire. Two things the Legion has never had. Her tryouts were great, she truly showed the prejudiced, sexist vampire Jared that she had major skills and was more than capable of being in the Legion. Unfortunately, Jared had the say on whether she was chosen or not and she kind of killed her chances with him. But even better the Grand High Master steps in and gives her the job of Commander. You would think that was the greatest compliment ever. However, she is paired with the annoying Jared to share one squad!
I really enjoyed Sam’s character. She is smart mouthed and sassy enough to take on Jared. She’s also strong enough to earn the respect of a crew that Jared initially tries to fan the flames of dissention. Sam is also very stubborn and makes a great commander and partner for facing all that Jared throws at her. I loved seeing how the relationship between the two grew. There were definitely frustrating moments where you just wished Jared would learn words. But there were also moments where you wanted Sam to see how a relationship could be possible. I definitely found times where I just wanted to bang their heads together and tell them to just get over it!
The side characters are also a lot of fun to get to know. I think Wright is building a world that is filled with entertaining characters and relationships. I didn’t feel overwhelmed learning about this new world. It was all played out in a way that you don’t get an information dump. It was very well written and a lot of fun. I had a really good time and can’t wait to continue on in the series!
Normally I’m not a big fan of dual narrating, but I was so absorbed by this story that I found myself enjoying it. It helped that Justine Eyre is one of my favorite female narrators. PJ Ochlan was new to me and I think he did a good job portraying Jared’s POV. His portrayal of Jared’s total confusion by his feelings and Sam in general fit perfectly. It was a really great listen!
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