Elizabeth (Ellie) is known to many as the Blood Countess. That was a title given to her as a fledgling vampire because of her ravenous appetite. However, she is also known for being the general of the vampire Queen's army and the spokesperson for their `coming out' to humans.
With a daemon war on the horizon, it is among Ellie's duties to inform their food source (humans) and negotiate alliances with other hidden species. Unfortunately, the vampire Queen has volunteered Ellie to be a test subject to try and allay the humans' fears. Now with the good doctor in Ellie's residence, it is all she can do to keep her mind on the impending doom and not on Dr. Angelus' body.
I really enjoy how clever and witty Ms. Langlais's writing is. Her heroines are tough and never afraid to speak their minds whether to someone else or to themselves, which Ellie is no exception.
'Suck it up buttercup and stop being a pussy.'
There wasn't much heat throughout the story other than some serious sexual tension, but the one scene that was given more lived up to its potential. The Toxic title to this story definitely plays a part and I could never have guessed before reading the story just how it would, so readers expect to be shocked when you read about it.
Ms. Langlais's cliffhangerish endings are almost legendary to me, but do the trick in ensnaring the reader to come back for more. With so many loose ends to tie up in this story, I will absolutely read the next in the Blood Countess series.
Humans are for eating and I am not one to play with my food, so I’m baffled as to why one geeky mortal doctor makes me wish our kind could be together without my brand of love being toxic. As if suffering from human emotions isn’t problem enough, our world is about to engage in a war where our chances of survival are slim at best. And no one wants to listen.
But, I didn’t become the general of the vampire Queen’s army by being diplomatic. Everyone will fight in the upcoming battle, or they’ll feed my troops and me. Either way, all things living will do their part.
I am, after all, the Blood Countess: toxic lover to humans, vicious bitch to my enemies, and my word is law.