Book Description (via Goodreads): He had everything under control until she crashed into his afterlife…
Fledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match.
Not even his past life as a former Marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight.
After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who’ve wronged her, including every member of Jon’s vampire bloodline. But Jon’s soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray.
As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear–
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Black Bullet four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I wish I had read the first book in this series called Releasing the Demons beforehand, however I managed to read the books in the wrong order. I was told prior to this that you’re able to read Black Bullet as a standalone, but I still think order is key. I’ll definitely start reading the first book in the series as soon as I have published this review.
Now onto my book review…
Warning: this book contains strong language, sexual references and graphic detail.
I really enjoyed learning about the dark world L.D. Rose created, set in New York surrounded by hybrids and vampires. Filled with twists and turns you won’t see coming.
Jon and Lawan soon became two of my all-time favourite characters; Jon is a strong-willed character, tough and mighty, but also shows an incredibly sweet and caring side to him. Lawan is a strong, heroine character too, she has been through a lot in her past and you really do get a sense of her tough side, which I really enjoyed reading about. The romance between the two characters was a real slow burner, which I loved as insta-love can be too unrealistic especially if that trope was in this type of book. It took a lot for Lawan to trust Jon after living through her terrifying past. The characters are well-developed and I noticed that they all had their own unique voice even when there was a lot happening over the pages.
Although it took me a week to finish this book, I’m glad I didn’t rush through it especially as the story is fast paced, but I wanted to take all the descriptive writing used by Rose and really immerses you into the world of vampires and hybrids. L.D. Rose’s style of writing had me completely hooked from the get go.
One of the greatest things I enjoyed reading over were the bands referenced throughout this book such as Slipknot and Stonesour. It definitely helped to create scenes in my mind, for example if this book was adapted into a movie the music choice would be perfect to play in the background of an action sequence.
I can’t wait to pick up the first book in this series and hope that there will be more instalments as I feel quite invested into their lives and this world already and am craving to learn more!
If you’re a lover of paranormal romance with a dystopian feel to it, then you should definitely pick up this book!
Have you read Black Bullet by L.D. Rose? If so, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.