Goddess With a Blade

Goddess with a Blade, #1

“Goddess With a Blade” by Lauren Dane centers around 29 year old Rowan Summerwaite, first true Vessel of the triple Goddess Brigid in centuries who works for the Hunter Corporation. She has recently upset the power structure of Vampires in Las Vegas and is also about to reach her significant 30th birthday in February, at which time her powers will be even more augmented. The new Scion in town, Clive Stewart, has been a powerful force in the Vampire Nation even before he arrives to take control of Las Vegas. Naturally, the two do not quite see eye-to-eye as Rowan does not hesitate to stake those Vampires who are not complying with the rules but they cannot deny their instant attraction to one another which seems to override all of the logical reasons which should oppose the relationship. Rowan’s friend on the police force, Jack, is unaware of the non-human presence in his city but cannot help but be aware that there is something vicious engaging in serial murder. His rapport with Rowan is strained by the inexplicable information that she obtains and the cagey answers that she gives him along with her promise to capture the being perpetrating the horrific crimes. Rowan must find a way to juggle all of the demands being placed upon her and determine her personal path and whether it will include the charismatic Scion who has his own agenda.

An entertaining look at the allure of Las Vegas viewed through a paranormal lens. Rowan is an intriguing heroine, comfortable in her role as a Vessel, willing to do whatever is necessary to fulfill her duties to her Goddess no matter who it irritates. Her complex background with Vampires is both an asset and a hindrance and the variety of quirky characters that she interacts seem right at home in the complex and ever-changing city that never sleeps...a perfect environment for creatures who are most active at night.

Book Blurb for Goddess With a Blade

Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she's a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty.

A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas's new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line—or she'll mete out her own brand of justice.

Though her dealings with Clive are adversarial to say the least, Rowan is intensely aware of her attraction to him. But she can't let it distract her from her duty—to find and battle the killer before more women die.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 3.50