Destiny by Celia Breslin
Series: Tranquilli Bloodline #2
Published by Champagne Books
Published on: November 3, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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In HAVEN, San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli survives a vicious attack by her vampire family’s longtime archenemies. Several weeks later, as she struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt, supervillain Dixon resurfaces and kidnaps two of her best friends. To save them, Carina must comply with the evil bastard’s unusual demands. The kicker? She must tell no one what she is up to.
Meanwhile, she has a new dance club to open for the preternatural community, a fated soul mate acting secretive and distant, and a sexy, new, undead friend who’d love to take Alexander’s place in her heart and bed.
Blackmailed, betrayed, tempted…sometimes destiny has a wicked sense of humor.
Not long ago, I read the first book in this series, Haven, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing, so I was really excited when the author sent me the latest installment for review. If you like reading about a half vampire, with a wicked side of sarcasm, this series might be one you should check out.
Carina(Rina) Tranquilli is still coming to terms with finding out she’s half vampire, and even more that she has recently been close to being killed by the evil Dixon. PTSD is just a part of her life now, complete with anxiety attacks. So when Dixon blackmails her into having to drink magic tainted blood over a several day period, or he will kill her friends, her life pretty much turns into hell for her. To top it off, her soul mate, Alexander, has been ordered to Europe by Tessa, until Carina can learn to control her powers when she’s around him. Tessa is one of the most powerful vampires in existence, and is Rina’s surrogate mother.
As before, I completely enjoyed Carina’s character. Sarcasm is always a good thing in a main character for me, and Carina has snark for days. She’s also extremely loyal to her friends, almost to the point of causing herself lethal harm. She’s twenty something, rich, beautiful,a vampire princess, and in love with her soul mate, Alexander. So when Alexander becomes distant towards her, she is really wondering what’s going on. When pictures of him hit the internet, ones that no one would want to see of a boyfriend, Rina’s life goes even more out of control. All of the characters from the previous book are back, and one more in particular, has been added. Fin, a handsome, ancient vampire, meets her, and tries to insinuate himself into her life. Fin was an interesting character. He wants Rina, but she is his princess, so her uncles aren’t happy with him hanging around. There is, of course, a history there. Also new this time around is a werewolf pack, always a good thing in any paranormal book!
The premise of a young girl learning that she’s not only a half vampire, but also a vampire princess, was a big part of the premise of the first book. This one continues that theme, complete with villains that want to control her, among other nefarious things. She can’t seem to get away from the dreaded Dixon. I have to say, he is one of the worse villains that I have read about in awhile. I would have liked to personally slap him upside the head-about a hundred times.
I thought this book was well written, with good fully realized main characters, and the solid world building continued with this installment, as it should in any good series. Action fans will not be disappointed either, although there’s not quite as much as in the first installment. There’s still more questions that need to be answered, so of course I will be continuing with this series. I do wish more of those questions from the first book would have been answered. I would also like to see a lot more of the werewolf pack. I would recommend it to adult readers of paranormal romance/urban fantasy.