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In Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes, we see a small town under attack by a serial killer who’s MO mimics a case from the sixties. The problem is that his victims are all vampires, and the local law isn’t a big fan of them. In steps resident Enforcer Alex Sabian and FBPI to deal with a local Sheriff who hates vamps and the killer who seems to have his sites aimed squarely at Alex. This quickly becomes too much for her or the local law enforcement, so the FBPI send in back up. Alex’s ex-mentor and ex-fiancé Varik Baudelaire, is called in to “help” with the investigation. Will Alex give in to her painfully obvious lust for her ex? Will we find out who the killer is? By the time we do will we still care?

Blood Law is a decent book, not great, not terrible. The story itself is pretty solid, if a bit overdone. The characters were about what I expected them to be, nothing new here. The romance between Alex and Varik seems more like lust than love and could have been omitted with no real detriment to the overall story. Their history felt like something out of a soap opera, as did many of their scenes together. Alex devotes much of her time to being frustrated at others or doing something really dumb in the name of moving the plot along. One of the human characters suffered character derailment so hard I actually wondered if I had imagined them being relatable earlier in the book. Vampires, as is sometimes still the case, seem to be a stand in for every minority ever plus sick people, but seem to have some fairly original differences to the norm. The author also seems to have some kind of smell fetish just based on the number of times that the way a vampire smelled was mentioned out of nowhere. There were only two points in the book that unique scents among vampires was important to, so take those and maybe two others tops to make it clear that the scent is a symptom of vampirism and that would have been good. The author also seems to think that every time a cell phone rings she needs to describe the ring tone, but that she isn’t allowed to show use something about the characters by making it an actual song. Needless to say, I have more little issues with Blood Law than major positives, but as it is the author’s first book I am probably going to give the second book a shot just to see if it gets better.