Monday 29 May 2023

Live and Let Bite - Declan Finn - Love at First Bite Book 3

Live and Let Bite 
Love at First Bite Book 3
Declan Finn
ISBN 9781951768768

The third novel takes this series to a whole new level. I loved the first two and yet this one still exceeded expectations! I am so very thankful to see this series back in print. Three Ravens released all four novels in under a week. And they immediately jumped to the top of my reading list. I have read the three published short stories in this series and am truly thankful that the novels are back in print. 

I loved the three short stories in the Love at First Bite Series, and was waiting for these novels to be back in print. This is another amazing story in a great series! This is the third of the 4 novels in this series they were out of print, but as of April 2023 they are back in print and available electronically and in print editions. This is great news for fans of Finn’s works, fans of urban noir, or really fans of just great stories. And who wouldn’t give a Catholic Vampire Love story a try. But be warned this a very different take on the fanged beings. This story continues to develop the history of Vampires and the theology around their existence and more about the history and hierarchy within the vampire organization.

It had been a few years since I have really read a story or series that has centred on vampires. I seem to go through a phase about every 10 years where something catches my fancy and draws me in. These stories have completely captivated my attention. I finished this while travelling and held off starting the next volume. I can easily state that these stories are now my all time favorite vampire stories, with the Rollins and Cantrell offerings coming in second.

The description of this story is:

“Marco is spiraling out of control. He knows it. His team knows it. Everyone around him can see that he’s just a bomb waiting to explode.

The only woman who can bring him back from the edge is also the woman who lit his fuse. Ever since the demon Asmodeus tried to murder Marco, Amanda Colt has been hunting down every lead to find the true evil behind the attack. Her investigation uncovers a vampire assassin that Amanda has faced once before - and she lost. Stronger than anything they’ve faced before, the assassin isn’t alone. As Marco flirts with self-destruction and the armies of Hell prepare to descend, they must come together to stop a thousand-year-old assassin that has never failed.

Even worse, they must finally face up to their feelings for each other!”

The action in this story takes place back and forth between San Francisco and New York City. The leader of the Vampire council of New York plays a larger role in this story. We have more interactions with Merle Kraft and get a better understanding of his unique role for the government. We continue find out more about Marco’s past and what has shaped him. We also learn more about Amanda Colt and what is driving her, we also learn more about her previous service to the government. This story picks up shortly after the last story. It begins with Marco sending a communication one that does not receive a response and begins his downward spiral. Once again we are neck deep in action on both coasts. The Vatican Ninja’s make an appearance again. Marco continues to use his team and any resources at his control. But he is working towards an annihilate them all mentality. The battles continue to be epic and draw in new resources and tools in the battle against evil. Readers cannot but help loving the main characters and be rooting for them, and the supporting cast is growing and are excellently written. 

The novels in this series are:

       Formerly Murphy's Law of Vampires

The Short Stories are:

02 Bad Date (During the main story arc)
03 Mad Dog Moon (An Epilogue Story)

Declan has created another incredibly series in a shared world. I am hooked. I am very glad these novels are back in print, I look forward to reading them and sharing them with others. Over the last year I have read 44 stories by Declan. I have greatly enjoyed books in several other series from Finn. I have loved the Saint Tommy and the White Ops, and I cannot wait for the Pius trilogy of 5 books to be back in print. I can’t wait to read the final novel in this series. These stories have a bit of a feel of Blade or John Carpenter’s Vampires, and thankfully no vampires that sparkle. The stories I have read to date in this series are wonderfully written and masterfully executed. I can easily recommend this book, this series and honestly anything from Finn’s masterful pen!      

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2022 Catholic Reading Plan

Books by Declan Finn:
Love At First Bite Series:
Short Stories:
     (Murphy's Law of Vampires)

Other books:

Anthologies contributed to:
Luna: Planetary Anhtology Series Book 2
Supernatural Streets
Starflight: Tales From The Starport Lounge
Mercury: Planetary Anthology Series Book 4
Venus: Planetary Anthology Series Book 5
Mars: Planetary Anthology Series Book 7
Places Beyond the Wild: A Z-Day Anthology
Shoot the Devil: Ten Tales of Humans Defeating the Demonic
Fantastic Schools, Volume 6

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