ARC Review – Downbeat (Biting Love #7) by Mary Hughes

Downbeat is laugh-out-loud funny with lots of romance and bit of intrigue, hot vampires and just the thing to read to get over the “after the holiday’s” doldrums. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures

Striking the right note could shatter more than their hearts.

After an attack that slaughtered his family, vampire Dragan Zajicek walled off his heart and went on a sixteen-hundred-year rampage with the bad boys of history.

Now a rock star of the concert podium and master freelance spy, he’s taken the baton for a small orchestra near Chicago to investigate rumors of a monstrous, undefeatable vampire dubbed the Soul Stealer.

But it’s the lovely, unassuming Raquel “Rocky” Hrbek who mesmerizes him from the first touch of her luscious lips on her flute.

Rocky, a shy shadow scarred by middle school cruelty, is mystified as to why core-meltingly gorgeous Dragan would notice a mouse like her. As his stolen kisses draw her dangerously close to the edge of her carefully constructed comfort zone, he exposes her secret—she’s investigating the monster herself.

As their quest draws them closer together, the monster zeroes in on the woman Dragan’s rebellious heart tells him is his mate. Now they must find a way to destroy the indestructible before Rocky is utterly consumed. And Chicago is bathed in the blood of innocents.

Warning: Contains a master of seduction and symphonies, an awkward and innocent flutist, small-town humor, heart-stopping action, and an exodus to Iowa. Oh, and the cheese balls are ba-a-ack—and deadlier than ever.

Review copy provided for an honest review


I absolutely adore Mary Hughes’ storytelling abilities … the way she goes from exploring the purestdelightaward“Bermuda Triangle” to ripping fingers off one by one is amazing. But, most of all, I adore how she makes Paranormal seem normal. I always loose myself in the Biting Love series and it was no different with Downbeat.

We’re back in Meier’s Corners and the orchestra is taking center stage in this book. Rocky (Raquel) has had a crush on Maestro Dragan Zajicek forever. He is brought in to be the guest conductor for the CSUCS after Hugo Banger is hospitalized. She can’t believe that she is finally meeting him but, shy as she is, she’ll never really get to know him. That is until he singles her out and shows her was a beautiful, loving, thrill-seeker she really is.

Dragon has a past that he is not part of and an ongoing argument with both the Alliance and Cotieri. Elias is upset that he refuses to step-down from the stage and bringing the spotlight on the fact that he is no aging possibly outing all Vampires to the humans. He’s also a spy who was sent to Meier’s Corners to find out more about the Megavamp that Nosferatu is testing to be his first lieutenant. What he doesn’t count on is Rocky and the power that she has over him … his mate … a woman who deserves more than a murderer.

What neither of them expect is that the Megavamp, aka Gravloth, thinks that Rocky is his mate and will stop at nothing to get her. He’s indestructible. Cannot be killed by humans or vampires and destroys all that is in his path. But, he has a weakness, one that Rocky was willing to exploit to save her family and friends even if it means giving up her whole life to save them.

Yes, there is a happy ending for Rocky and Dragan as Rocky comes into her own and Dragan leaves the past in the past. We still don’t know if Elias is going to cut him some slack about refusing to go into hiding with the rest of the vampires but, they were able to get Camille to finally change sides as she realizes that Nosferatu is only using her. We visit with Bo and Elena, Julian and Nixie, Liese and Logan and their children. And Luke and his long blond braid and piercing eyes needs to find his HEA and get over whatever is bothering him.

But, like I said in the beginning, Mary Hughes has a wonderful way of telling stories … she just drags you under and keeps you there with the way she makes everything come alive – even making the Vampires human, loving, caring and oh so sexy. Downbeat is laugh-out-loud funny with lots of romance and bit of intrigue, hot vampires and just the thing to read to get over the “after the holiday’s” doldrums.



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