Series: BELLADONNA AGENCY SERIES
Plot Type: Soul-Mate Romance (SMR)
Ratings: Violence—3-4; Sensuality—4-5; Humor—1
Publisher and Titles: Bantam
In any case, Barrett sets off to find Nick, who is sequestered in a bunker at the top of a government-owned mountain in Tennessee. Does Carly get in touch with Nick's boss to clear the assignment? Does Barrett or Carly or Nick's boss call, e-mail, or text Nick that Barrett is coming and what she needs from him? Does Barrett have any written orders to share with him? No to all of those questions. Barrett just drives up to the mountain and starts climbing. After being attacked by a turned vampire halfway up the mountain and being rescued by a very surprised Nick, Barrett asks Nick for his help in finding Jane, but gives him very few details about Belladonna. He's just supposed to take her word that the scraps of information she reluctantly divulges are true. In return, Nick doesn't explain anything about his work for the FBI, which entails killing turned vampires. Nick knows that turned vampires eventually disintegrate physically and mentally into monstrous killers, but apparently his branch of the FBI has failed to share that bit of information with Belladonna. Meanwhile, Barrett knows that the FBI's vampire-turning program is still in operation, while Nick believes that it has been closed down.Sorry, but it is totally impossible to believe that these two FBI departments are working in complete isolation from each other.
A few details are added to the world-building:
Based on the information they are receiving from their respective bosses, Barrett and Nick have widely differing viewpoints on the vampire problems facing the government.
Barrett believes that the U.S. government has four vampire problems:
Nick believes that the FBI has three sets of vampire enemies:
Anyhow...the rest of the book follows the couple as they reignite their love affair and rescue Jane from a vampire with connections to the sex/blood-slave organization that was central to the plot of book 1. Here's one more silly and implausible scene: For unclear reasons, Nick and Barrett leave Nick's mountain top by jumping into a handy helicopter and heading for Atlanta. When they arrive at a hotel, Nick hands Barrett his credit card so that she can buy a few essentials because her car, which held her luggage, was blown up back in Tennessee. This is what Barrett considers "essential": "a black maxi skirt and a gauze top in white, costume jewelry that wasn't too gaudy, makeup, brush and toothbrush, and toiletries. And...a really nice bikini and black wedge flip-flops." (p. 50) I'll bet he never gives her his credit card again!
And here's a final crazy story element that turns out to be scientifically impossible: The FBI has supposedly developed a way to dip knives and arrows in liquid nitrogen, which will instantly kill turned vampires. The problem here is that liquid nitrogen is a cryogenic liquid that rapidly evaporates at temperatures above minus 326 degrees Fahrenheit (-360F or -196C). So carrying around a nitrogen-dipped knife or arrow would be absolutely impossible because the nitrogen would be gone—evaporated—within minutes, if not seconds after being removed from its way-below-freezing storage container. DePaul doesn't even bother to include storage containers, though. Nick just carries his "special" arrows in a quiver on his back. I realize that this is fiction, but please, Ms. DePaul…do a little research and try to come up with something that might actually be possible.
If you love hard-core graphic sex scenes and don't mind one-dimensional characters and a total lack of comprehensible plotting, you might enjoy this book. But if you want a believable plot and characters with depth, I recommend that you skip this one. Click HERE to read an excerpt.
As the series opens, only a few people know about Belladonna: