Review: Marked by the Vampire

December 27, 2015     Danielle Romero     3.5Stars, R2R, reviews

Review: Marked by the VampireMarked by the Vampire by Cynthia Eden
Published by CreateSpace on September 5th 2014
Pages: 210
Format: eARC
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden invites you to enter a world full of dangerous monsters…and dark desires…

Vampires exist. So do werewolves. The creatures that you fear in the darkness? They’re all real. And the baddest of the paranormals…those who love to hurt humans…they’re sent to Purgatory, the only paranormal prison in the U.S.

His job is to stop the monsters.

Deadly forces are at work within Purgatory. The monsters are joining together—and their plans have to be stopped. FBI Agent Shane August, a very powerful vampire with a dark past, is sent into the prison on an undercover assignment. His job is to infiltrate the vampire clan, by any means necessary.

She wants to help the prisoners.

Dr. Olivia Maddox wants to find out just why certain paranormals go bad. What pushes some vampires over the edge? Why do some werewolves turn so savage? If she can understand the monsters, then Olivia thinks she can help them. When she gets permission to enter Purgatory, Olivia believes she is being given the research opportunity of a lifetime.

Olivia doesn’t realize that she’s walking straight into hell.

To survive, they have to rely on each other.

When the prisoners break loose, there is only one person—one vampire—who can protect her, but as Olivia and Shane fight the enemies that surround them, a dark and dangerous passion stirs to life between the doctor and the vamp. Shane realizes that Olivia is a woman carrying secrets—powerful, sinful secrets. Secrets that a man would kill to possess.

And Olivia realizes that—sometimes—you can’t control the beast inside of you. No matter how hard you try. Some passions can push you to the very limits of your control…and the growing lust that she feels for her vampire…it’s sending her racing right into a deadly storm of desire.

Welcome to Purgatory…a place that’s a real hell on earth…

my thoughts

Cynthia Eden is an amazing UF Author and I thoroughly enjoy her books. I would have loved to give this one a higher rating and I very well may have, had I read the first book in the series. In Marked By The Vampire, we are introduced to Shane and Olivia, who feel an almost immediate connection to one another. Shane is uncover as a killer in purgatory and Olivia is working to profile the killers within purgatory to find out what makes them tick and why they keep killing.

Marked by a Vampire is fast paced, sexy, and full of unexpected twists and turns. It was an enjoyable read but there were moments when the character development wasn’t as strong as I would have liked and when Shane’s character in particular, fell flat for me. He claims to love Olivia but betrays her, lets others use her, and contradicts his earlier statements. It was frustrating.

All in all, it was worth reading. I just wish there had been a little more depth.


3 half coffee cups

about the author

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writingfull-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

You can visit Cynthia’s website to learn more about upcoming titles: