Review: Vampire Union 2: Liberated

Vampire Union 2: Liberated
by Kit Tunstall

After WWIII, society was in shambles. For thousands of years, vampires had lived in hiding, fearing extinction from humans. They took advantage of the collapse of society to step into the light, seize power, and rule over the human race. The vampire overlords have herded humans into Quarantine Zones in their various provinces, where they are subjected to the vampires’ every whim…

One moment, Nadya was happy with her lover, Jalen. Then his enemy “rescued” her, taking her to his stronghold. Rem is rough and hard, not at all like the smoothly sophisticated Jalen. Yet, Nadya is drawn to him, and they soon fall in love. If only she could forget Jalen and commit herself entirely to Rem, she knows she would lose the ache of dissatisfaction and the sense that something is missing when her new lover holds her. Even if she could manage to do that, Nadya knows she can’t just ignore the conflict between Rem and Jalen. Secrets buried in the past have come to light that change everything…

Two vampire lords with vastly different ideals fight over territory, their ways of life, and much more. At the center is one human woman, torn between the two.

“Liberated” is part two of the Vampire Union series. Note to those that are planning to read part one (and I recommend it) – this review will reveal the ending plot twists from part one.

Part two picks up with Nadya being kidnapped by Jalen’s arch enemy, Rem. From Rem’s perspective, he has rescued her because he knows the low regard the vampires of Jalen’s clan have for humans. Nadya is once again enmeshed in emotional confusion. She wants to go back to Jalen but realizes that maybe it is best that she stay away and not interfere in his impending clan-merging marriage. Then there is her surprising yet undeniable attraction to Rem…

Nadya’s inner struggle is compelling; she is in love with Jalen and Rem and is perplexed by the fact, but doesn’t resist her impulsive need to be with Rem. Her necessity for them both is portrayed as bigger than her; as if being with them both is her destiny. This heightens the tension when outside influences jeopardize her relationship with Rem.

Never is the story told from Rem’s point of view, but his mother gives Nadya some insight into his internal demons, making him a sympathetic and intriguing hero. His attraction to Nadya is just as fervent as hers to him, and their intimate couplings are sizzling.

Nadya has a revelation that comes to her in a dream at the end, suggesting exciting possibilities for part three. This is a highly enjoyable series, and I wait impatiently for the next installment.


Review by Camomile

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