Review: The Half-Breed Vampire

Reviewed by Jen

Slade Donovan can’t remember anything of his life before his 8th birthday. In his earliest memories, he lived on the streets, until adopted by the local vampires. For years, he served as part of their mortal security team –and eventually became a full blooded vamp. He’d do anything for his brethren. So when his superior tells him to help a lovely game warden track some special wolves, he agrees, even though he knows the wolves are actually weres who’d love nothing more than to tear him apart.

Raina doesn’t know that werewolves exist, but she has secrets of her own. She is known as “the wolf-whisperer” among her people. It’s a title wrapped in mystery and mysticism. One she has never wanted to embrace. But she loves and respects her family enough not to reject them completely. That’s why she became a game warden in the first place… to stay close to them and protect the animals in a way she was comfortable with.

Right off the bat, we know there is more to Donovan than meets the eye. His “moon sickness” is a pretty big tip-off to his origins. And Raina’s ability to communicate with the wolves and her knowledge of Donovan’s mysterious past pretty much gives away almost everything else. The story follows them on their path to the inevitable as they seek out the hostile werewolves. Of course, Donovan and Raina are drawn to each other and quickly give in to their attraction. And that’s really the best part of the book. The love scenes are good and the two make a solid couple in an us-against-the-world sort of way. Unfortunately, they’re in love at the speed of light, which detracts from its believability.

Other than the predictability of the story, my other big problem with the book was the abruptness of the ending. I wouldn’t call it a cliffhanger, but the book ended very quickly after the climax with some serious lingering questions. And though I liked both main characters –and I liked them together– I couldn’t get very excited about how it all played out. It was ok. 3 stars.

*ARC Provided by NetGalley

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The Half-Breed Vampire
by Theresa Myers
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne


  1. Great review–that’s pretty much what I thought of the book as well. It was just ‘meh’. Nothing horrible about it, but nothing spectacular either. It was just…well, one of those I read and moved on.

    I liked the premise (half vampire, half shifter), but I didn’t much care for the way the story played out or the characters, to be honest. I wanted more from the book, but I just didn’t get it–and isn’t the hardest thing to accurately describe? 🙂


    • It really is hard to pin down those books that are just ok. Sometimes, it’s hard to pinpoint why it wasn’t great. At least here, I know it was the predictability of the story that kept me from loving it.

  2. Very helpful review! I was wondering about this book when I saw the cover a little while ago.

    Thanks for sharing!

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