After reading book 1 in this series, Nightshade, I was hooked and I had to see what happened next. Bloodlust picks up just a few weeks after Nightshade. Jill is on the run, charged with protecting the former Vampire King's (Matthias') daughter, who was in danger from a society that would kill for her blood. Declan, a Dhampir again under the influence of a serum that curbs his emotions, is with Jill, trying to protect her. Jill's poisonous blood is slowly killing her, and a terrible enemy is about to be freed. There is so much going on in Bloodlust that I became fully absorbed in the story. I read this book very quick, and I fully enjoyed every minute.
Part of the appeal of this series and this book is the characters. Jill is an ordinary woman, but because of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, she is now enemy number 1 to vampires. Her blood is alluring and poisonous to vampires. She could be the ultimate weapon, if she only had that killer instinct... Jill does toughen up a bit in Bloodlust, she is more accepting and understanding of the dark side of the world, and I really enjoyed her character even more. Declan, he was his frustrating yet endearing self. His Dhampir nature starts to cause problems, and Declan has two faces. On one side, he wants to protect and love, and on the other, he is dangerous and just wants to leave. I was frustrated with him for trying to leave Jill all the time, but I felt for his situation. Declan and Jill are such an odd couple, but it when their relationship is on track, it is hot and alluring.
As I stated earlier, there was a lot going on in Bloodlust. The plot turns were well done and unexpected. The governmental aspect was gone in this book, and the plot focused more on the vampire problems, which gave Bloodlust a fresh feel. I was very pleased with the ending of Bloodlust. It seems that many loose ends have been tied up and answered. However, there is room for new possibilities and stories in the future, if Michelle Rowen chooses to continue the series, which I hope she does.
*A note on the series* Michelle Rowen has written several other series, including the Immortality Bites series. Immortality Bites is a fun, quirky, funny vampire series. Bloodlust is not, it is darker urban fantasy and romance. Don't pick up this series thinking it is going to be like Immortality Bites, it is quite different, and very good.
I do recommend this series to fans of vampire stories, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. With a skillful blend of conspiracy, vampires, danger, and a touch of romance the Nightshade series is a satisfying urban fantasy romance read.