Hunted, Book One of The Gates Legacy by Lorenz Font
Deep in the heart of New York City’s underworld, a horrible disease is ravaging the vampire community. The Vampire Council is on a crusade to obliterate those infected, and Harrow Gates is target Number One. The unwitting source of the plague, he suffers from the same nightmarish symptoms as his victims. The world he’d been thrust into was cold, cruel, and intent on eradicating him, and the legions of afflicted vampires he created with his bite.
A bounty hanging over his head, satisfying his hunger has become an enormous challenge for Harrow. The less he feeds, the more hideous and painful his lesions become. Constantly running for his life and learning new tricks to survive, Harrow is in no position to refuse when Pritchard Tack offers him a unique opportunity. Pritchard not only gives Harrow a new beginning, but also a purpose and a chance to rectify the chaos he created in the vampire world. However, the multi-billionaire has an agenda of his own.
Jordan is a reluctant new vampire and a woman on a mission. After the demise of her family and her own transformation at the hands of Goran, the ruthless leader of the Vampire Council, her only focus is revenge. Constantly faced with one frustrating dead-end after another, a stroke of luck leads her to an underground facility that she suspects is the lair of the monster for whom she is looking.
Upon learning more about the truth behind the secret bunker, Jordan must fight against her growing feelings of friendship and concern for the facility’s inhabitants. One man in particular threatens to pull her heart away from her sworn mission. There is something behind Harrow’s dark lenses that unsettles the hardened female. Once again, she trembles and hungers for something other than red-stained revenge. Is love strong enough to override her hate-fueled thirst for vengeance?
I know that there are as many ways to look at vampires as there are people on this earth but I can honestly say I never thought of it the way Ms. Font presents it. She opens an entirely new world where vampires are pretty much ignored, if known about at all by humans. From the first scene I was entranced by Harrow and his unwillingness to succumb to a terrible virus he has had since he was first changed into a vampire. No matter how horrible his life has become and even though he is hunted by the Vampire Council because of his illness, he still holds to his humanity, his conscience, and his will to live. He carries around so much guilt that he has even found a way to keep from spreading the “virus” to any other vampires. He is a truly humble hero.
Then enters Jordan, who quickly becomes the love of his life and someone he cannot live without. Jordan is a kick ass no holds barred vampire out for blood and vengeance against the vampire that killed her parents and made her what she is today. The circumstances of their meeting is what makes this book the most different from any other book of this genre. Pritchard Tack is an incredibly wealthy man, whose wife and daughter were turned into vampires and then contracted the virus. Not long after his wife committed suicide. From that moment forward Pritchard decided to search for the cure to the virus. He has set up an incredible facility where research into the cure is done. He abducts and then befriends infected vampires as well as uninfected vampires to add in the research of the virus! Pritchard really is an incredible guy that has everyone’s best interests at heart. As the story progresses this rag tag bunch of misfits all come together to form an incredible “family” that even though they are unaware are battling the very cruel, very evil Vampire Council.
Speaking of the Vampire Council, no paranormal vampire story is complete without an incredible evil to fight and believe me Ms. Font has created a big, bad, horrible villian in the leader of the Vampire Council, Goran and his son, Demetrius. As if that was not enough evil, there is also the leader of his harem and first wife, Melissa. Suffice it to say this story is an amazing balance of good and evil and love and hate.
Another difference between this story and others of its kind is the path the romance between Harrow and Jordan takes. It is incredibly sensual and stirs up an incredible heat without the use of explicit language or descriptions. This incredible love affair, that you believe will endure all, stays true to the incredible character depth Ms. Font has built into the hero and heroine. You can feel the incredible struggle they both go through to realize, come to terms with and act upon their amazing love. It only adds to the great suspense and action of the entire book.
I have only touched on a few of the incredible points of this book, so you should grab it as soon as you can read it from cover to cover! The best part is, it is the first in the series! The next features two great secondary characters from this book and I cannot wait to see where Ms. Font takes this great adventure!