*** 3 of 5 Stars
Author: Dana Marie Bell
Publisher: Carina Press
A seduction-gone-wrong leaves vampire Parker Hollis with a new vegetarian lifestyle and on the run from a vengeful witch. Moving to small-town Maggie’s Grove, Parker meets a redheaded dryad with green, leafy blood that draws him in a way he hasn’t experienced in decades. His new neighbor smells divine, and it isn’t long before craving gives in to need.
In a unique community of supernaturals, tree-loving outcast Amara Schwedler has never quite fit in. She’s scarred by a traumatic incident and feared by the local townsfolk. She’s convinced Parker will look elsewhere for a mate once he discovers she’s not one of the O-positive set, and can’t believe it when Parker finds her irresistible.
When the witch who’s been plaguing Parker’s life discovers the new found attraction between Parker and Amara, she takes out her anger on the town. Can the supernaturals of Maggie’s Grove accept Amara and band together in time to withstand the assaults of the enraged witch?
This story brings a whole new spin to the term “vegetarian vampire.” In this book, the main character, a vampire named Parker is cursed to only eat green vegetation or drink the blood of the witch who cursed him. It takes Parker quite a few years to come to terms with this new diet and figure it out. Luckily, his best friend, Greg helps him figure out the right combination of vegetation and blood to keep Parker fed and healthy. After Greg dies, Parker moves to Maggie’s grove, a unique community of supernaturals and meets a very unique dryad, Amara. Amara is a sweet, naive girl who does have a tough side too. Parker and Amara are instantly drawn together, and sparks fly.
This book was okay, I enjoyed the storyline and the characters were fun. The community of supernaturals was interesting, and there were some promising characters there. However, the vegetarian nature of this book felt odd to me. It was a unique concept and interesting, but I don’t think that it was executed quite as good as it could have been. There was a recurring concept, of “weeds need to be pulled.” The main weed/villain in this story would be the crazy witch who cursed Parker. The witch becomes very jealous of Amara and strikes against the whole town, who fight back. I am having a difficult time pin pointing my problems with this book, I think part of it is the dual nature of Amara who was naive and tough at the same time. Part of it was just the whole literally vegetarian vampire thing…just a lot of gardening in this book.
Overall, I had a few issues with the story. However, I still enjoyed the book and read it easily. It was entertaining. I will probably read more of the authors work in the future. So this book I gave *** 3 of 5 stars.