Fighting Evil

Mary Abshire
Fighting Evil
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Noble Romance Publishing
Release Date
March 2011
Book 3 of Soul Catcher Series
Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Half-demon Jessie Garrett's battles seem endless. While Jeremy, the demon out to win her heart, teaches her how to fight, Jessie's relationship with her vampire lover, Drake, reaches a breaking point. Adding to her struggles, she must defend her life against a group of vampires who consider her a threat to their existence. Held captive on a remote island with both Drake and Jeremy protecting her, she is tested in ways she's never imagined. Jessie fights back; only her actions do more harm than good. The group offers her a choice, but no matter what she decides, her life will change forever.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Jul 16, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
227 people found the following review helpful
If you thought battling psychotic vampires and murderous werewolves was tough, get ready: because Jessie Garrett may have finally met her match, and it will take all her strength, along with the help of her two sexy sidekicks, to make it out of this one alive…

Following her partnership with her vampire lover Drake, which led to the destruction of a particularly nasty vampire, Jessie—and her special ability to send souls to Hell—has come to the attention of VETOV (Vampires for the Ethical Treatment of Other Vampires). Terrified that she might be able to steal vampire's soul, VETOV has ordered Jessie to Europe in order to assess her powers. While she is pretty sure Drake would never allow anyone, vampire or otherwise to harm her, Jessie still isn't traipsing into a vampire's stronghold without some backup.

Her sidekick of choice is Jeremy, a full-demon who has been hell-bent on claiming Jessie as his own since the night they met. Though he is willing to teach her how to defend herself against potential attack, Jeremy is far more eager to tempt Jessie into forgetting Drake, and is willing to go to nearly any length to convince her that he is the only one for her. Torn between a demon who understands who and what she really is, and the vampire whom she loves with all her heart and soul, it would seem that that last thing Jessie needs is the complications of a meeting with VETOV.

But neither Jessie nor Jeremy—and not Drake, for that matter—are prepared for the duplicitous nature of the vampires of VETOV. Their cavalier use of humans appalls Jessie's sense of justice, and their hunger for demon blood bring both her and Jeremy some very unwanted attention from the leaders of the vampires. Will Drake be able to go against the organization that has controlled him for years in order to defend the woman he loves?

I think I've made my opinion of Drake pretty obvious, but my weak-kneed appreciation aside, I think he should be canonized for the way he handled the mayhem of Jessie's relationship with Jeremy. His faith in Jessie is incredible, and his commitment to their relationship unswerving— and considering how hard Jeremy tries to push him to insanity, I think he handled himself remarkably well. And when he did decide enough was enough…well, Drake is quite creative about asserting himself…

Jeremy, on the other hand, nearly sent me into fits. Actually, I should be fair. Jeremy has been acting like this from day one. Jessie's reaction to Jeremy's behavior nearly sent me into fits. While she never came out and encouraged his insane flirting and manhandling, I think she let him get away with far too much. I understand that she feels she needs his protection against the vampires, but at what cost the price, both in terms of her own peace of mind and her relationship with Drake?

And though the demon in her might see Jeremy as a kindred spirit, I found it really hard to justify his actions, and I don't understand why Jessie did for so long. That being said, the resolution of this love triangle was quite impressive, with one man willing to risk his existence for Jessie's safety. I was impressed with the final scene between the three of them, and I think it showed how much each character has developed and changed over the course of the story.

I found this a satisfying end to the series. The passion between Jessie and Drake was, as ever, sizzling; perhaps even more so because they were forced to spend so much of this story apart, and Jeremy is certainly a force to be reckoned. Jessie has certainly done a great deal of growing since we first met her, and seems to have decided which of her suitors she wants by her side. VETOV was certainly an interesting collection of adversaries, and presented a whole new set of challenges for our heroes and heroine.

Every character was tested—Jessie's faithfulness and resolve in her relationship with Drake, Drake's loyalty to VETOV and to the woman he loves, and Jeremy's pledge to defend Jessie's best interests, even when they don't involve him. Having all three of them forced to work together while in the VETOV stronghold was an added bonus, and made those scene crackle with tension. I'll miss Jessie (and Drake!) but I've enjoyed the whole series, and can only hope that any further adventures will be just as exciting!
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