Grave Expectations by Lina Gardiner

Grave ExpectationsTitle:  Grave Expectations
Series:  Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter #4
Author:  Lina Gardiner
Genre:  Paranormal
Published:  August 31, 2015
Publisher:  ImaJinn Books
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Tough vampire cop, Jess Vandermire, fights against her undead brethren in New York City to protect the two men she loves more than life itself. But Jess is waging a personal war, too—to save the tiny shred of soul she has left. If she loses, so does the city…

For decades, Jess Vandermire, has been fighting the city’s biggest threat—deadly hunters in the night. But with John ‘Britt’ Brittain, by her side, there’s nothing she can’t handle. That is, until now. Suddenly…

The vampires Jess and Britt are hunting aren’t acting like normal bloodsuckers. They’re braver, smarter…and harder to kill.

The Vatican has ordered Jess’s brother, Father Regent Vandermire, to save the soul of a massive, bloodthirsty creature. But his prayers aren’t working. And if the monster gets much bigger, the whole city will need them.

Her beloved Britt is once again in her life. But until he understands his newfound powers, he won’t touch her. Because there’s a good chance his love might kill her…

Jess quickly realizes she and Britt aren’t powerful enough to handle the upcoming challenge alone. There’s only one man who can help—evangelist Malcolm Fisk. Too bad they can’t trust him.

Read on for my thoughts on Grave Expectations.  No true spoilers, promise.

I’ve enjoyed each of the Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter novels and Grave Expectations is no exception.

Britt’s new powers to destroy vampires has him extremely on edge.  He needs to understand how this power came to be.  Why he can only vaguely remember a monk chanting over him.  And why it seems he’s not the only one in the city with a major new found power.  But most of all is his fear that he will harm Jess in the midsts of a sexual moment with only his mind.  Because of that fear he’s keeping away from Jess – and neither one of them is happy about that especially Jess.

Father Regent has returned after being summoned to the Vatican a changed man.  No, really a physically changed man.  He seems to have dropped thirty years since that visit.  And he also has no real good memory of how that was accomplished.  At first Jess and Britt are suspicious of the man who says he’s Regent but are eventually convinced.  Now their concerns are even higher when Regent bars them from his church for the foreseeable future.  Seems he’s getting visitors and they only want him in residence.

There’s a new con man in town.  Malcolm Fisk claims to be an evangelist but what he is doing is far from spreading the Good Word.  He is convincing vampires that he can allow them to walk in the day – for a price of course.  Smoke and mirrors.  He has the same powers as Britt and is determined to bring Jess’s lover over to his way of thinking.

The Guest who is staying in Jess’ vault at the rectory is by far the most dangerous thing Jess has ever encountered.  And when Regent’s story and Britt’s story slowly meld together the results are unexpected and explosive.

I would highly recommend this latest edition of the Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter series to anyone who enjoys good, detailed paranormal series and almost non-stop action.

*I received an e-ARC of Grave Expectations from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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