Upon reading this, the fifth novel of the Blue Bloods series penned by versatile author Melissa De La Cruz who has written novels in the chick lit genre (Au Pairs series, The Ashleys) as well as her vampire series and short stories, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Cruz is not an author who wastes pages re-describing every situation to reacquaint her reader with the storyline. She basically assumes that you have read books 1-4 of this series and you recall what happened previously and who is related to or involved with whom. This is a relief to me, since I abhor wasted reading or an author who treats the reader like imbecile who can’t recall what is happening in a series she obviously enjoys or she wouldn’t be reading the latest installment!
We pick up with action from page 3 on. Cruz first lets us read a diary entry by Lawrence Van Allen, Schuyler’s grandfather, and from there jumps into escaped vampires Schuyler and Jack racing from the ship of their captor (which is where we left them in book 4). The couple, while fighting for their lives, is trying to find the Gates of Hell. While meeting vampire after venator after traitor after angel, Jack and Schuyler also are finding that the pieces of the puzzle aren’t fit together at all. Back home in New York, Jack’s twin, bondmate, and the new Regis Mimi Force is working on a strategy to seek revenge on Jack for the pain and embarrassment he has caused her, but she can’t locate him or Schuyler. On top of that, at Duchesne, a girl goes missing and a video starts circulating about the Blue Blood community – even mainstream Red Bloods are seeing it! Countdown begins for the girl to be brutally killed and the entire conclave is in an uproar and ready to disband. With Schuyler and Jack on a mission, Mimi and Oliver try to put the Blue Blood community and ease, and everyone begins to wonder when everything will be back to normal again.
This book is another piece of the Blue Bloods puzzle answering many questions left behind in the first four books. Schuyler and Jack are finally together which has been much-awaited and Mimi is finally in control of her society. Life at Duchesne goes on with the kids acting as snobbish as ever. This is a must read for anyone who likes the Blue Bloods series – it is helping us to get to know each of these characters and the angels – dark and good – who brought them here.