The title command attention, and I love the cover. Plus, before you say, “it’s the same vampire story,” read what the author tells me.
Impervious by Zoe Allison released Tuesday in the Vampire romance genre.
Vampires are real, existing alongside regular humans as a secret subspecies. The malevolent of their kind exploit their powers and immortality at the expense of their human counterparts. The Organization, a league of benevolent vampires headed up by the anonymous Mr. X, works covertly to keep this threat in check. Amber Ridley is the company’s top agent, unique to the team as the only human working alongside her vampire allies. She is an ‘Impervious’, a rare human with powers that can be used against the malevolent.
When Amber’s latest mission takes her back to the UK to work with her close companion Valentino, she meets his old colleague Hayden Knight. Hayden is infamous to Amber as the man who betrayed their organization and abandoned her friend Valentino in the past. She dislikes Hayden instantly, and his arrogant, cold demeanour does nothing to aid this.
Amber and Hayden are forced to work together on The Organization’s most important mission to date, and they must put aside their differences to take down the menace that threatens the very existence of their group. Amber must put her trust in Hayden, but is she impervious to love?
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Amber mirrored Vale’s posture. “Why is he here then? Why come back now?”
Just then, Hayden appeared from the doorway. “You could just ask me directly, you know.”
Amber turned to Hayden. He was dressed in tight-fitting black jeans and a black T-shirt. His muscular physique was very apparent, both from the look of his arms and also the ripples under his clothing. Amber could appreciate that he was extremely handsome, but there was a hardness to him that there wasn’t with Vale, along with an iciness to his blue eyes. Hayden had focused on Amber as he spoke, then he broke eye contact to move over to the coffee pot and pour himself a cup.
Amber still couldn’t muster any sympathy for him, and his aloof behavior did nothing to help. “Fine,” she said, watching him as he prepared his drink. “Why are you back with The Organization? What’s in it for you?”
Vale interjected, a warning tone in his voice. “Amber.”
Amber ignored him. “I want to know.”
Hayden brought his coffee over, not looking at either of them, and he took a seat at the other side of the table. He took a drink before finally lifting his gaze to meet hers. “I was promised something by Mr. X.”
“What?” Amber was quick to ask before Vale could stop her.
Hayden met Vale’s eyes. “I was promised a certain target.”
Amber scrutinized them both. A knowing look passed between the two men. Vale had realized who Hayden meant. Amber suspected she could also guess.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Zoe lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband and two children. A medic by day, she started writing in her spare time as a means to counter burn out and found that this was a balm for the soul.
She is a fan of the romantic genre and its ‘happy ever after’ ethos. A sharp contrast to what she can, at times, see in her day job. Zoe is keen for the female lead in romantic fiction to disabuse stereotypes and walk on an equal footing with her male counterparts. She prefers male leads who do not display signs of toxic masculinity and believes that positive masculinity is much more attractive to women and healthier for men.
I asked Zoe what is the main difference between this book and other vampire books, and here’s what she tells me.
When I started writing Impervious there were a number of things that I visualized differently about the vampire theme, compared to other vampire books. The main overarching contrast is that vampires are not the undead as in the traditional myth. They are a subspecies of human. Their DNA contains a genetic mutation, which means the consumption of human blood results in them developing special powers including super senses, speed, strength, and immortality. The vampires can choose to do this, or live out a normal human life, age, and die.
Being a version of living human, the weaknesses of the vampires are also not the same as in the traditional model. They don’t have any issue with sunlight and the items that deter them in the undead version also aren’t applicable, such as garlic or crosses.
In addition to all of that, the focus on vampire activity in Impervious is slightly different. The vampires are seen using their powers but the drinking of blood isn’t overly predominant. The benevolent vampires do not take it directly from humans; they consume donated blood in private. Only the malevolent ones attack humans to steal their blood. The substance of the story is centered on an action-adventure-spy theme, but with the overtone of contemporary romance.
The other vampire romances I’ve read usually have a relationship developing between a ‘normal’ human being and a vampire. My female protagonist may be human, but she also has her own unique abilities that set her apart from the vampires, as well as from the rest of humanity. I was keen to have the female lead be a strong, powerful force in her own right.
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