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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
The Ties That Bleed by Jami Deise is the story of Diana, an ex-FBI/vampire hunter, who gives up her job to be with her family. She teaches new recruits how to kill vampires, but wishes she was back in the game. Juggling her work and her life at home with her husband Robert and daughter Katie, she is shocked to learn that Ian, a vampire who almost killed her and her partner, is alive and out for her blood. She believed that he died in a fire years ago. She has to go back to work to stop Ian, but she also has to deal with Gerard, her ex and Ian's maker. Their relationship is complicated, but you can tell there is heat between them.
I like the character of Diana. She's tough, but loves her family and wants to do her best by them. The idea of a government organisation going after supernatural beings has been done before, but I still enjoyed the story. I think this will do quite well with fans of urban fantasy and writers like LA Banks and Kelley Armstrong. I thought that the dialogue was very good and Diana's relationship with her family was well written. I think one of the better scenes is Diana dealing with burying the family dog and trying to keep the truth from her daughter, that there is a possibility that the dog could have been bitten. Jami Deise has written an entertaining book with The Ties That Bleed.