Another Round by Allie Ritch

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Another Round: Vampire Territory 5 by Allie Ritch
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (178 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Menage
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Betrayed by their lover, Maribeth and Zander struggle to find balance in a relationship that’s just the two of them. As the only human in the household, Maribeth tries to take a more active role in helping the vampires, while Zander is focused on revenge. It isn’t until warm, easygoing Graham catches their attention that their passion is rekindled, and they come together to seduce the big vampire.

Unfortunately, their traitorous ex isn’t done with them. Drew has joined their greatest enemy—an Eastern bloodsucker who is determined to take over power and enslave the area’s humans. He uses his knowledge of both the Human Rebellion and the master vampires’ household to play games and pit everyone against one another. After Drew orchestrates the assassination of one of their own, Zander isn’t the only one gunning for him.

Can revenge heal betrayal? Or will an unlikely romance give Zander, Maribeth, and Graham the strength they need to take on an adversary who knows their secrets?

Sometimes getting your tail kicked is the best way to get your eyes opened to what’s right in front of you. It worked for Zander, anyway.

This is the fifth book in the Vampire Territory series. I haven’t read the others but the author gave enough backstory to understand what was going on without it being an info dump weighing down this story. I picked up on the fact that what had been a seemingly happy triad was down to a struggling duo and one of those two, Zander, was carrying the weight of guilt for the loss, or betrayal, of their third.

I liked both Zander and Maribeth just fine when I first met them. I could feel that something was off or missing and that neither of them knew how to fix it. When they get the idea to seduce Graham, that’s when their relationship really got interesting. Graham is big-ole-teddy-bear vampire, honorable and precious and he’s obviously attracted to Maribeth. I have to wonder if he was already attracted to her before Drew’s betrayal and just didn’t act on it? I bet there were clues in the prior books.

The seduction, oh man! These two aren’t subtle. Graham didn’t know what hit him but he didn’t seem to mind, either. At the same time, I appreciated the fact that he didn’t accept their invitation lightly. While there is some light MM touching and interaction, there isn’t MM intercourse in this book. Graham says he isn’t interested in “back door” action but Zander seems pretty persuasive. I’m betting it happened at some point. I’ll just have to use my imagination.

The underlying story in these books is the human Rebels vs. the good vampires vs. the evil vampires. There are several skirmishes as well as bigger battle scenes. The author did a good job of making me like the band of vampires that Zander and Graham belonged to. The Rebels seem to be misguided and maybe even being led to hate the vampires even more as part of a bigger plot. There is some closure to part of the story in this book but it isn’t finished by far. The sad truth is that there’s always casualties in war. That part made me sad. Poor Rivers.

There are appearances from many of the couples that made up the prior books, I looked them up, as well as some still single vampires that sound very interesting. I’d like to read Kody’s story. He just sounds like a charming and yet smart-alecky brat. I love seeing those types get tamed.

Readers in the mood for a good vampire paranormal should check into this series. It’s a little dark because of the war going on but there’s some light moments as well, plus the love and of course the sex. That’s good, too. I’ll be watching to see if Kody does get a book as well as Rivers. I want her to be happy again.

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