Title: Beloved Enemy
Author: Lacy Yager
Series: Unholy Alliance, #3
Format: eGalley, provided
by publishers via NetGalley
My rating: 3 / 5
She's the unlikeliest vampire hunter ever. A scientist.
Seventeen-year-old science prodigy Genevieve Quinn never thought she would be kidnapped from her college campus by a vampire. Or that said vampire would want her help on a science project. Genevieve has no intention of complying, but when an escape attempt turns deadly, it is a vampire that comes to her rescue.
Vampire Chad Matthews is an atypical specimen. He’s good-looking, in a dangerous kind of way. But that’s not what attracts Genevieve… it’s the shadows behind his eyes. As Genevieve and Chad team up to find a way to defeat a monster even worse than killer vampires, she discovers that not everything can be explained by science—like falling in love.
-- As seen on Goodreads
*I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley, (Thank you!), in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion in any way.*
I love reading a series in order, and I didn’t realise Beloved Enemy was the third book in a series until shortly before I began reading. I haven’t read the previous two books, and I do think this had a big influence on my overall opinions on the book. I’ve read a couple of series out of order before, but I find I don’t get to know the characters as well as I want to. Plus, it usually cuts out the confusion of not knowing what is happening in the overall story line.
I’ll hold my hand up and say this is my fault, and I know that if I had read the previous books, I would have had so much more knowledge and familiarity towards the characters and story arc. I was confused for the first 20% or so. There are a lot of characters introduced very quickly and they are either fully human, vampire, warlock or Chaser. With all the names floating around I did get a bit confused with who was who, and who had what abilities.
Beloved Enemy is a very quick paranormal read. I’m not the fastest reader, and I finished it in one sitting. For such a short book, a lot happens. Our main female character, Genevieve, has been abducted and the book begins with her trying to escape her vampire captives. On her second attempt at escaping, she runs into Chad, our male MC, and the hormones kick in.
I feel like so much of the story was lost to me, and I would have liked to find out what happened to the characters before this book started. Several characters are mentioned but we don’t get to meet them, so my focus was really on Genevieve and Chad’s budding relationship, and the Catatatoares – bad vamp – problems .There might have been a hint of insta-attraction, but I enjoyed the way it played out. They didn’t immediately jump into the I-wuv-u’s which is so nice to see.
Overall, I did enjoy Beloved Enemy, but I really recommend reading the series from the beginning. While I did feel a bit lost at times, and I know this could have been avoided.