Mate Marks: Thirst by Kate Hill

Mate Marks: Thirst by Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (106 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Snowdrop

While unpacking antiques belonging to Arias del Rio, a little known explorer, museum curator Malika Carter Young is stunned to discover a Spanish vampire in a sarcophagus. He’s arrogant, gorgeous, and his fangs are an exact fit to the birthmarks on her breast.

Shamed by the greed and violence of his mortal life, Arias del Rio has spent his centuries as a vampire atoning for his sins. After years of loneliness, he has finally found his destined mate, but an enemy from his past has returned and intends to destroy everything Arias loves, beginning with Malika.

This is an interesting vampiric read.

I enjoyed Malika’s spunk and her love of her work made her a believable character. While Arias seemed a little to good to be true and had a brooding quality at times. He seemed a bit like your stereotypical vampire. I found myself actually drawn to his companion Diego wondering what his story was.

I did find this book rather intriguing due to one of the vampires being Spanish and his arch rival in the book is Aztec. I personally haven’t seen a book with characters like this and it brought a fresh spin to the story. With that said, I also felt the addition of the rival was unnecessary. This could’ve been a wonderful little love story without the added fighting. Although the rival doesn’t detract and does move the plot forward, it seemed unneeded as the book was moving fine without it.

This is a hot, yet sweet, story of finding true love though the ages.

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