Julian Craig and Rose Kinley were introduced in the first book in the Bad Things series, The Devil in Disguise. He was the reason she was a vampire and she could not forgive him for turning her into a monster. She had been kept prisoner and tortured by the villain in book one, but Julian was determined to free her. She almost drowned, he jumped in the ocean to save her… there was drama and angst and I was so intrigued. OH YES! GIMME!
On the Prowl opens with a jump back in time to the events that led up to Rose’s transformation and Julian’s deal with Luke in order to bring her back to life. It’s… not what I expected. I don’t know what I thought happened, but it might have been something to do with Julian losing control. But anyway, a deal is struck, Rose’s life for Julian’s deadly skills as an assassin on behalf of the Lord of the Dark. The only problem is Rose has no desire to live her life as a vampire. She’s angry that her choice was taken away by the man who she thought was her prince charming. Her new immortality and desire to drink blood is just as shocking and upsetting as Julian’s newly admitted other form. She tells the panther shifter to get gone and never come back.
Which brings us to present day and Julian trying to protect a woman who wants nothing to do with him. But a man known as the Collector is after her and he wants Rose to complete his collection. He must be stopped, and Julian will do just about anything to keep Rose out of his hands and give her back a normal life.
This book was fun. It’s not deep, but it’s a fast, easy read that I think fans of PNR will enjoy. Julian is a typical paranormal hero who is alpha, but at the same time will do anything for the woman he loves. He’s tortured internally and blames himself for hurting Rose. He’s growly, savage and out for blood every time any one even looks at his love wrong.
Rose annoyed me a bit at first. For the first couple of chapters every time she saved some one or made a decision I just knew it was going to come back and bite every one in the ass. And I was right. But she grew on me as she embraced her darker side, and in the end I liked her and Julian together.
There was action, really cool paranormal creatures and just enough sexy times to satisfy my inner smut girl. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, which I believe will feature a certain wolf shifter and the angel who wants nothing to do with the Lord of Light. Final Grade- C+/B-
“You’re not evil. Screw what others say.” But he hated her fear. Hated it as much as her pain. “You be you, sweets. I’ve got enough evil for us both.”