Recombinant by Shannon Mayer and Denise Grover Swank

October 22, 2015 New Releases, Review 0 ★★★★★

Recombinant by Shannon Mayer and Denise Grover SwankRecombinant by Denise Grover Swank, Shannon Mayer
Series: The Blood Borne Series #1
Published by HiJinks Ink Publishing on 27th October 2015
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Suspense
Pages: 286
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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From NYT and USAT bestselling authors Denise Grover Swank and Shannon Mayer comes a new twist on the world of vampires...

In the city that never sleeps, nightmares live in the darkness...

A series of grisly murders begin to pile up in New York City, murders that have no rhyme or reason and no leads. Unless one chooses to believe that the supernatural is possible.

The crimes have caught the attention of two very different women. A journalist fresh off the plane from covering the war in Iraq and a vampire who has chosen to hunt her own kind. Together they will form a reluctant yet unrelenting team.

As they slowly begin to crack the fissures behind a government cover up and bioterrorism, they find a truth that neither of them could ever have suspected. And now it's too late for either of them to turn away.

Even if it means their lives as they know them will never be the same.


Reviewed by Shannon

*I received an ARC from the authors in exchange for a review*

I am a huge fan of Denise Grover Swank and when I heard she teamed up to write a vampire novel I was like “sign me up.” I love me a good vampire story, unless they sparkle. I haven’t read one in a while so I was looking forward to it and Recombinant was exactly what I was looking for. It had the strong supernatural element and some kick ass females…can’t go wrong with that.

Lea and Rachel were awesome. Rachel reminded me of Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer even though she wasn’t the vampire slayer in this duo, but she did have a particular set of skills and knew how to take care of herself with men and supernatural beings. And, she was the blonde that people underestimated, much like Buffy. Lea was just badass. She was compassionate, but ruthless when it mattered. Plus, her outfit sounded awesome haha.

Besides the two leads, the story was really good. It had a good mix of supernatural elements, mystery, and conspiracy theories. I always felt the need to read “just one more chapter.” My husband knows that that usually means more like two or three but who’s counting. For a first book in a series it did a great job of introducing characters and all kinds of information. It does end with some loose ends but gives you more than enough to be satisfied with how it ended. It definitely made me intrigued to continue reading on in the series and see where it goes.

After reading Recombinant, I may pick up a book by Shannon Mayer. I’ve never read anything by her but I may start because I really enjoyed this joint book and if her books are anything like this one I know I’ll enjoy it. Plus she has an awesome name so that means her books have to amazing ;).

About Denise Grover Swank

Denise lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading, or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.

Denise is the author of multiple series:
Rose Gardner Mystery series (romance mystery)
The Wedding Pact series (humorous contemporary romance)
Off the Subject series (new adult contemporary romance
Chosen series (urban fantasy)
The Curse Keepers series (urban fantasy)
On the Otherside (YA sci fi romance)
Standalone: The Problem with Paris (YA contemporary romance) to be released spring 2016

About Shannon Mayer

Reading and writing from a very young age I learned early on that stories built in a fantasy world were where the fun was at. Reading books by Robert Jordan spurred me on and it was the first real epic fantasy that I fell in love with. After that came Piers Anthony, Melanie Rawn and into my older teen years, Anne Rice.

It was in Rice’s novels that the idea of urban fantasy really bloomed for me and it was about that time that my grandmother was letting me read her Harlequin Historical novels. (Okay, actually she was slipping them to me when my mother wasn’t looking, but let’s not get picky.)

The combination of love stories and darker fantasy stuck with me and it’s now not only what I gravitate towards to read on my off time (Kelly Armstrong, Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison), but has become the style I love to write in.

Besides writing, I love to spend time with my family and animals, horseback ride, garden and hike with my husband.

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