Tor Burns is a non-infected vampire who has taken refuge in the Tack Enterprises underground facility. Having survived a vicious attack with his fellow vampire Harrow, he now has a new purpose. Vampires afflicted with Gates Syndrome are still being hunted, and Tor is committed to saving them from the clutches of the Vampire Council. With a semi-cure within their grasp, Tor is reluctant to accept his new assignment: bodyguard to Allison Tack, the daughter of their fallen leader. Armed with an abrasive personality and fierce loyalty, Tor approaches this new responsibility with serious determination despite his reservations.
Vampire Allison Tack is the beautiful and timid co-heir of the Tack fortune. Infected and hunted by the Council, those lucky enough to have known her father are determined to keep her safe. A walking target wherever she goes, Allison wants to learn how to protect herself, but no one is listening. Sick of being the helpless one in the company of trained fighters around her, Allison vows to prove that she can fight alongside the best of them.
Meanwhile, the harem leader, Melissa, is hell-bent on unraveling any clue about her son Demetrius’s fate. He disappeared without a word, and time has made her desperate. Stepping up her efforts, she seeks the help of Demetrius’s son, Zane. With the additional manpower, Melissa finds the lair of the suspected vampires and wages war against them.
Thrown together by necessity, Tor and Allison can’t continue to deny their attraction to each other. Tor wants to give in to his feelings for her, but old demons resurface. He must confront the past to prevent losing the best thing that ever happened to him.
A life must be given for a life taken. Will Tor have to sacrifice himself before Allison pays the price?
Usually, a second installment of a series of books isn’t as captivating and gripping as the first. That is not the case with Tormented, the second in the Gates Legacy.
At the end of Hunted, the first in the trilogy, we are left on a bit of a cliffhanger, with our merry band of vamps and humans struggling after the attack that proved fatal for more than a few of the characters. Tormented picks up as the characters are trying to salvage what they can.
This story is centered more around Tor and Alison, rather than Harrow and Jordan as in Hunted, with chapters from members of the Vampire Council. This shift in central characters allows the reader to get more of an insight into what were secondary characters. Font teases us with Tor’s past mixed in with his present life.
This mix is compelling reading that makes us want to read more. We HAVE to know why he is the way he is, especially when his past causes him to bring Annie into the character’s new home which is frowned upon by certain members of this mismatched family.
I’m not giving any more of the plot away, if you want more. Buy the book. You won’t be sorry.
I’ll admit, I was unsure of Tor after reading Hunted, but this book made him more real, and alarmingly, considering he’s a vampire, more human. None of her characters are perfect. They have flaws, pasts they regret, and they struggle to talk to those they love. This is what makes these books unputdownable.
As soon as I’d finished reading, I was straight on Facebook asking about book three. There are things I NEED to know and characters that I need to know about. Rohnert and Cyrus in particular. It’s going to be a very long wait, but one that will be well worth it!