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Plagued by enemies from above and below ground, a group of Vârcolac warriors fight a desperate battle to keep their secret town safe from invasionA different place to find her dreams…The night Marissa Bonaventure is saved from vicious kidnappers by special operative, Dev Nichita, her life is changed in ways she never could have imagined. Brought to the safety of an undergrPlagued by enemies from above and below ground, a group of Vârcolac warriors fight a desperate battle to keep their secret town safe from invasionA different place to find her dreams…The night Marissa Bonaventure is saved from vicious kidnappers by special operative, Dev Nichita, her life is changed in ways she never could have imagined. Brought to the safety of an underground “research institute,” she’s offered a hefty sum of money to stay on and work for a year, money that will allow her to fulfill her lifelong dream of owning a restaurant. But the surreal events that unfold in the strange community of Ţărână soon make her wonder if all is what it seems. When the shocking truth about Dev is exposed, Marissa faces an impossible decision. She loves Dev deeply, but committing to a Vârcolac is a forever proposition, and the only way she can be with Dev will require her to throw away her one chance to redeem a miserable past.The man he wants to be…The night Dev Nichita rescues Marissa from the claws of the Om Rău demon race, he knows she’s meant to be his mate. Lying to her about his true nature feels wrong, but he needs time to make her fall in love with him before he reveals that he’s a different breed of human being. When that secret finally comes out, their relationship is shattered in ways Dev hadn’t predicted. A 100-year-old betrayal rises up to threaten their future together—devastating every member of his family—and Dev’s own angry withdrawal becomes a nearly insurmountable obstacle. Then the Topside Om Rău enemy threatens a catastrophic breach of the hidden community, and Dev must call upon all his power as he races against the clock to save the most important people in his life.** Contains profanity and adult situations....

Title : The Purest of the Breed
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ISBN : 9780991261338
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Number of Pages : 308 Pages
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The Purest of the Breed Reviews

  • Ada
    2018-11-13 17:58

    LOVED IT!!!!!I have so many words to say about this book but my 5 month old isn't having it so I'll make it short and sweet:LOVED that it has Romanian words (even though Vârcolac is more used as the meaning of Werewolf and "The Cock's Den" translated in Romania is "Bârlogul Cocoșului" and not "Cocoșesc Bârlog" but that's Google Translate for ya).LOVED all the characters, even the bad ones.LOVED that it contains Romanian history and the author visited some castles and other significant places. Just look how cool they are:Absolutely LOVED the writing, it was the exact amount of fun, action, drama and love. (for those of you who loved the BDB series, YOU NEED TO READ THIS!!! NOW!!!

  • Dianne
    2018-11-03 00:17

    Do you like huge, hot and powerful males who commit to only one woman? Love to see a warrior brought to his knees, heart in hand? Get ready for Book Two of The Community Series, where the intrigue, humor and romance continue. The Purest of the Breed by Tracy Tappan not only does justice to book one, Bloodline War, but it may surpass it for “glued to each page, because I can’t believe this is happening,” reading!Marissa is attacked by a vicious gang, was it random or is there something more going on? Enter her savior, a huge and powerful man that raises her heart rate with just a touch and changes her world forever. Dev is a powerful warrior for the Varcolac, a supernatural race who lives deep beneath the surface in secrecy. His mission is to fight the evil that threatens both his world and that of the human race, but when he comes in contact with Marissa, he knows they are destined mates. The problem, you ask? How does he tell her what he is, what she is and that he has been saving himself for centuries, just for her without scaring her away?As for Marissa, her life has always been in turmoil, only recently has she been able to step out of her emotional torture chamber and go for what she wants. That didn’t include an underground dweller who drinks blood, has his own demons from his past and refuses to have sex with her until they are bonded. Seriously? A virgin male? How hot is that? When the danger increases and both Dev and Marissa’s pasts give them a good smack-down, only one will learn to accept the hidden truths with grace. Will Marissa decide to move forward with her life and leave Dev behind? Will Dev's ego destroy any hope for love? All I can say is Tracy Tappan’s crisp writing and sense of humor, snark and romance lands her another hit! Ms Tappan colors outside the lines and creates an amazing tale of love, loss, betrayals and personal growth all in a fantasy world of her own creation. Love the dialogue, the camaraderie, the banter and the male angst. She writes with heart, bold strokes and gives life to the impossible, all at a fast pace that will kept me on the edge of my seat! So how long do I wait for book three??I received an ARC edition from the author in exchange for my honest review.Series: The Community - Book 2Expected publication: July 1st 2014Publisher: B. Reed PublishingISBN13: 9780991261338Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance/IntriguePrint Length: 360 pages

  • Tara
    2018-10-25 18:21

    Tracy Tappan's writing reads like that best friend who's a lot of fun and tells questionably inappropriate jokes that make you laugh at completely inappropriate times, like funerals and abductions.The Purest of the Breed, Book Two of The Community Series, picks up where the cliffhanger ending of Book One left off, with the Vârcolac warriors heading out on a mission to attempt to rescue four women from the REAL bad guys. The descriptions of the characters, locales, and scenery within the book are very well done. Tappan provides just the right amount of descriptive detail - enough so that the image in your mind is clear, but not so much that she bogs you down and bores you with unnecessary information. That's a hard balance to find, and one that many authors never quite master. Another strength of Tappan's writing is her ability to stay true to each character's unique voice in a series that has many characters with very different personalities. With so many characters, the easy way out would be to have some of them be flat and static background characters, but Tappan stays true to her characters and lets them breathe and live independently of one another with their own distinct quirks. This also allows the reader to more easily keep the multiple characters straight in his/her own head, since each character is individually memorable.You could, theoretically, read The Purest of the Breed without first reading The Bloodline War, as Tappan covers all the pertinent information about the events of the first book in this one (another challenging task that she accomplished admirably). Her editorial team also deserves a shout-out, as it's very obvious that the author and editors go through these books with a fine-tooth comb before publication to make sure everything's as close to perfect as possible. In a genre that's rife with opportunities for gaping plot holes, Tappan manages to weave explanations into her narrative so everything makes sense with no hiccups to pull you out of the story. She expands on the world-building she began in the first book with more details about the culture and mythology surrounding the Vârcolac race, as well as that of the other non-human races the Vârcolacs associate with (either by choice or by necessity). I loved the historical flashbacks into the early years of Dev's mother, Pettrila in 1877 Romania, and the tragic story of her escape from the vampire hunters. The book ends on another cliffhanger, making me desperate to get the third book in my hot little hands. This series is definitely a must-read.*I received a complimentary e-ARC of this book for review purposes; all opinions remain my own.

  • Iza
    2018-11-02 18:06

    At 12%, it's already like this : "This whole night was fifty different ingredients of nutso, put into a blender and then set for frappé. Men who couldn't be killed, other men who appeared dead but actually weren't, white-colored blood, flashing red eyes, knives that exploded and then, of course, the all-consuming why me ?"I've found a new series to love and follow, yay ! The first book could have been excellent and not the next, but no, it's really as much fun ! First, there is Dev, that whose charm I've come to enjoy in book #1, I've been looking forward to his own story. He's sexy but is far from perfect.Then, there's Marissa, another strong female lead character.Luvera, Dev's sister, lives under their horrid mother Pettrila's thumb (and she's 49 - vampire-style. You come to hate Pettrila until you know more about her.The Varcolac still gather Dragon women (not shifters, but women with special blood that they need to be able to keep their race from extinction - yes, they can have babies with them only !). Yet they have changed their ways : no more abductions. Now, they offer money and the opportunity of a career to attract them underground. Once they've been settled for some time and have learned to know and like the community, the Varcolac hope they won't hightail out of fear from the surprising truth. The Dragon think they work for a certain firm with mean competitors, but surely don't expect a war between supernatural beings.I was glad to find all those characters again, the crazy community, the action, the suspense and the sexiness. And the humor :[a slightly tipsy and unaware Dragon woman speaks] :"I was a psych major in college and we used to joke about vampires all the time, like... like... acording to Freudian theory, those long fangs compensated for a small weenie." She hooted. "Or a serious case of impotence."Dev smiled, closed-lipped, a tic of muscle shivering along his bruised cheek. "You don't say.""Chelsea," Marissa intervened quickly. "I think you're embarrassing him.""What ? Nuh-uh." Chelsea gestured at Dev with her drink, nearly sloshing it."Come on, it's not like you're a real vampire. But if you were" - she giggled - "you wouldn't be able to get it up, no way."It's also funny that those women are slightly afraid of Jacken and have a hard time believing him and Toni are married ! The whole vampire tradition in this series is also unusual - we even learn where the "traditional" idea of vampires come from !I could write more and more, but you get the main idea : this series is great fun, go get it and read it asap !!

  • Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
    2018-10-25 01:07

    Let me tell you about how a book might have literally saved my life. When I agreed to review this book, I was in a really, REALLY low place. Not to go into personal issues, but I was absolutely at my lowest point ever. I do not exaggerate in the least, when I say that I was ready to call it quits. Then I started Purest of the Breed. I had read The Bloodline War and loved it, one of my favorite books this year as a matter of fact, and felt an obligation to finish this commitment that I had made Tracy Tappan. Long, depressing story short.... Marissa and Dev made me laugh. I don't mean a giggle or a snort. I laughed til tears rolled and my stomach muscles cramped and begged for mercy. That shot of endorphins and joy brought me back to a sane place, so you will understand why I am now an acolyte of this series. Entire review published at http://ragesexandteddybears.blogspot....

  • Shari-amor
    2018-10-29 01:18

    This is the second installment in a paranormal romance series that offers up a thrilling and fast paced tale of ancient vampire warriors, known as the Varcolac, who are fighting to protect humans, while preserving their own race. Sensitive readers should be aware of a rape scene in this novel. Marissa Bonaventure’s life is about to change drastically the night she meets special operative, Dev Nichita, who rescues her from a nightmarish kidnapping attempt. Confused, and understandably terrified, Marissa tries to make sense of her mysterious rescuer, and her supposedly random attack. For her own safety, she is brought to what she believes to be a research institution in an underground community called Tarana.As Marissa recovers, the community leaders offer her a considerable amount of money to stay and work for a year. She learns that her rare bloodline holds the key to saving the Varcolac from extinction. But nothing in the bargain could have prepared her for the deepest, most dangerous truths that are about to be uncovered.The story started off very strong, with an opening that left me on the edge of my seat! Marissa’s violent capture definitely set the tone for the rest of the novel. The complex world of the Varcolac was interesting and vivid, but a bit hard to follow at times, due to the multiple points of view. I also found the romance to be somewhat disappointing. However, both Dev and Marissa were compelling characters, who were at their best while interacting with others. Further, the characters' psychological responses to certain events was refreshingly realistic.I was impressed with the gritty and bold storyline, deeply flawed characters, and the unique spin on vampire lore. Overall, an intriguing read. I look forward to learning more about the mythology of the Varcolac in future installments.To read more, visit

  • Sportochick
    2018-10-31 19:22

    Tracy Tappan does a grand slam in this second book of the “Community Series”. This is a very fast, action packed, exciting book dealing with the Varcolac, who some like to call vampires and the extinct race of human Dragon females, as well as two groups of bad guys also trying to get these women for breeding.Who wouldn’t want to read a book with a galore of hot, sexy, muscled good guys fighting scary bad guys over beautiful women? What is really the best part of this book is how the author interweaves numerous story lines and some flashbacks at the same time to keep you on the edge of your seat even at the cliffhanger ending.The main focus on this book is that hot and sexy Dev from book one and Marissa a human Dragon he rescued from the bad guys. Between past and present family issues these two work through multiple obstacles hoping to forge a relationship based on love.As secondary characters I really connected with the love and struggle between Alex and Luvera, Dev’s sister, and bad boy Shon that I keep feeling isn’t as bad as he keeps leading on.This is a seriously great read that I recommend for people who are ready up their “same old same old” vampire book to the wow this is a new and fresh one.A COPY WAS GIFTED IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW VIA PARANORMAL CRAVINGS.To see the full review visit my blog:

  • Shaila
    2018-10-29 21:13

    This is a stand-alone, multi-POV, steamy, paranormal romance. You don't have to read Book 1 to understand this one, but obviously, it's better if you do. It was well-written, excellently plotted, and the pacing was perfect -- pretty much exactly what I said in my review of Book 1.I picked up Book 1 because of the awards and recognition it's received, and I loved it so much, that I immediately downloaded and read Book 2 in one sitting as well. Yes, my butt is a little sore from sitting for so long, but it was worth it!It's such a different type of vampire story, with just the right amount of ancient history and culture mixed with the modern. The different types of paranormal creatures and world they live in is set and described so well, that she could spin off tons of stories from this series. It actually reminds me of Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series in some ways, although I think Tappan's are better written and has more depth and richness.In the beginning of Book 1, I was fearful that the multiple characters and multiple points of views would get confusing, but it didn't. She didn't make it confusing in Book 2 either.I highly recommend this book....she's one of my new favorite PNR authors! Can't wait for Book 3!

  • Audrey
    2018-11-17 21:16

    The good: Entertaining. The Bad: Instalove This book was weird. I could have cared less for Marissa and Dev, but I really liked Alex and Luvera. And Luvera's mom's story. That was a crazy ride. As always, I want more of a look into the relationship of these people. I don't care about the rival race or Raymond. I don't care about the kidnappings, I feel like there is so much story with what they already have. This sort of reminds me of the lessers in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. AKA, I don't care about them.Also, the ending. Really. One page to explain how everything worked out. IT was sorta weird but didn't stop me from reading the next book

  • Dantezgirl
    2018-11-18 23:17

    Power to the dragons! Glad the ladies stuck it to the man and made a significlant change to their lives and world. And yes. Their husbands to. Liked Dev and his lady love. I find it awesome that they were simple yet so damn cute. And funny. Still find some things a bit OTT but its usually manageable Still loving the characters plots etc. Found myself in a hurry to read on that I was done before I knew it.

  • Linda
    2018-11-06 17:10

    Loved it! The Purest of the Breed was packed with amazing history of the Breed. The action, danger, and drama had my heart pounding. The betrayal that is uncovered in this story had my jaw dropping! Absolutely wonderful series! ❤ ❤

  • Keeley
    2018-10-29 18:19

    This series is getting better and better. The author has really found her style with these books. I felt like I knew more of the community, more characters are introduced which only adds to the series. Dev is probably my favourite....right now!

  • Gemma H
    2018-11-19 19:15

    Action packed from start to finish! The Purest of the Breed by Tracy Tappan was able to have me gripped within the first few pages and although I had not read the first book within the series it was easy enough to catch onto what was going on within the plot; who was who and the history between the The Topside Om Rău , Underground Om Rău and the main breed of "Vampire" the Vârcolac.It begins with Marissa Bonaventure being ripped from her bed in the middle of the night by a group of large scary men with distinctive flame tattoos on their faces. Murk & Teer upon snatching her proceed to force her into the trunk of their car which brings back unwanted memories of an experience she had with her sister when she was drowning and she stood there with pure dislike on her face and did not move a muscle to help her. At that point in her life she had never felt so helpless. Her sister and her have had a difficult past to put it mildly with Marissa giving up everything in her life to look after her mother when she became ill. She never really had a start to begin with, having scoliosis as a child she suffered from terrible spinal problems which she eventually had fixed via surgery but the "birth mark" she sported also on her lower back she could do nothing about. Natalie began campaign to take everything she could from Marissa, whether it be sleeping with her boyfriends right through to the biggest deceit of all - taking away her dreams. Marissa dreamed of being one of the Worlds Top Leading Chefs, but quit collage to look after her mother, where Natalie carried on and went off to France to a prestigious school to learn the art of culinary cooking, only to come back years later taking the job she had applied for recently. That was the final straw! But all this was a flash in her mind as she was shoved in that trunk, trying to fight back, a ball gag is placed in her mouth, her hands and feet tied up and driven off to an exchange.At the Warehouse she discovers she is not alone, there are two other girls. One is huddled in a corner and another is bent over a table being abused. A new type of sheer fear lances it's way through Marissa. Upon meeting the new men who have come to the exchange to take them she notices they are very similar, they smell awful and they too have tattoos but instead of flames they have what looks like interlocking teeth.Dev Nichita is a Vârcolac Purebred or what we would consider a Vampire, with a body you could worship all day and night long for that matter, silver eyes and a sexy gold hoop in his ear. I didn't even know any more information about him at this point other than he wanted to take a team up to the surface form their cave compound called Ţărână , to save 4 women he had heard (through discovered communication between the Topside Om Rău & the Underground Om Rău ) had been taken and were going to be used in an exchange - Just this information alone and his description had me weak at the knees, both hot and passionate about caring! Now that's a heady combination! The Vârcolac, they are of the night, they drink blood, they are sexy as hell, stacked, know how to kick ass, fly and are the nicest people you could know. A far cry from those that are either Topside or Underground Om Rău because they are evil style vampire, the type nightmares are borne of, half demon they commit heinous crimes, do not believe in treating anyone with any type of care in any way, everything is violence based or styled - your worst fears come to life and they are vampires on top of that! Dev manages to convince the Varcolac council to allow him to go topside and attempt a rescue. The main reason to rescue these women and the reason they were taken in the first place is because they have a unique signature in their blood (Peak 8). The women are Dragon women - All blonde, slim and share a similar dragon scale "birthmark" on them. It is with only them these groups can Mate Bond with to continue their races with because Purebred Vârcolac mates had been non producing in the child department for many years now and would face extinction without the introduction of these Dragon Females. Saving this 4 is important to the Vârcolac race as a whole.Swooping in to save the day Dev and his team ( Thomal, Gabor & Sedge) kick arse against the Om Rau snatching 3 of the women from them (the fourth had not been captured in the first instance), Marissa, Hadley & Kendra. When Marissa first sets eyes on Marissa she refers to him as Bat Man, her Bat Man as he came straight from the shadows, flying down to rescue her and the other 2 women with the help of his team. Boths side sustain injuries both physical direct contact and via being shot which confuses her on every level because no matter what is done to them they just don't seem to be able to be killed! Nothing fazes them.When they arrive in Ţărână , the women are taken under Dr Toni Parthen's (Toni has Dragon's blood too but is of the Royal Fey - Book 1 in this Series is about her), wing and go straight into the glorious mansion. They are taken care of and given time to get over their shock, beginning the process of sorting through what has happened to them. They are given a different kind of explanation as to what is going on around them and to why they are kidnapped, this way they do not get scared and refuse to stay and get to know the Vârcolac males to whom they hope will fall for one before the "Big Reveal" where they will be told they are in fact an ancient race of Vampires known as Vârcolac . Each woman meets with Kimberly, the communities lawyer who spends her time split between the outside world and the Ţărână city within the cave, much to her husbands dismay but he can not deny her anything as he loves her so much and it is a massive help to have a lawyer on hand, so it works well for everyone. Meeting with Kimberly the girls are offered a half a million dollar contract to stay for a year within the community, with the community providing them with anything they need - in Marissa's case they are willing to build her her own restaurant allowing her to "cut her teeth" in the industry, which is an opportunity she could not miss out on given the fact of her sister stealing everything from her up in the "real world". With this offer to stay Marissa jumps at the chance, so does Hadley as they appeal to her needs but Kendra declines, her rape at the hands of the Om Rău too much for her, she just wants to go home regardless the fact she is told that her safety is on the line.Since the moment Dev and Marissa met that fateful night there was a spark between the two, and with Vârcolac males only mating for life, they are careful around women. Marissa mesmerises him, he can smell her scent anywhere and as the two begin dating and grow closer, her need for physical touch and interaction becomes clear, the only hick up is that without the mate bond, Vârcolac males and females feel extreme pain if they become aroused too much. In effect no blood equals no wood...........When the final reveal comes and the women are told the truth about Ţărână, that the men they have been dating & the majority of the people around them are Vampires, and they they themselves are part of an ancient race of Dragon blood women who are the only ones who can breed with the Vârcolac (and Om Rău which is why they were targeted and without staying in effect would leave them hunted by the Om Rău for the rest of their lives), they are the future saviours of their race - Will they be able to see past what they perceive as monsters? What does this mean for Marissa and Dev?I can truly say this book was exciting, from page to page you were whipped into a story that had you headed down the rabbit hole to a world that not only was filled with danger but was also filled with a sense of love, friendship and family. There is a perfect combination of past and present to explain each individual situation - Lies, secrets, manipulation, truth, justice, underhandedness, determination and devastation are just a small elements of this novel. It is packed to the pages with every emotion possible, a fully mind blowing thrill ride that will have you on your toes, and have you turning the pages with abandon!A true must read, in fact I am headed off now to read Book 1 in the series and cannot wait for Book 3! 5***** are not enough!

  • Liz F
    2018-11-15 18:52

    This series certainly started off with a bang! The author grabbed me by my lady balls and led me to all the places she wanted me to go! That, however, was the first book. This is the second. This one I liked a lot less but it had some good points too!Marissa was only an okay heroine for me. I think as far as heroines go in paranormal romances, she had it pretty easy. Similar to the heroine's beginning at the start of Book 1, Marissa is kidnapped but this time, she's kidnapped by the bad guys! I was thrilled (obviously) that she was saved and her rescue was equal parts exciting and hilarious. She's definitely in some danger later in the book but I still felt like she got off easy. There isn't a lot for me to say about Marissa other than that though. She's pleasant and likable...and entirely forgettable. Her sister hates her for reasons that are revealed towards the end of the book and they're shocking in their context and in how the author gives about five seconds of story to this terrible revelation. But her sister's hatred and the fact that Marissa really wants to be a chef are the only remotely interesting things about her.Dev, the hero, is pretty cute. His story was a bit more interesting than Marissa's. Dev is a pure blood, which sounds like it's kind of a big deal but it didn't seem to make much difference other than Dev having the ability to use his eyes as some kind of flashlights? Like, they can glow really bright and illuminate the area around him? I wasn't sure what else made being a pure blood great but his mom was seriously invested in it. Speaking of Dev's parents, I loved the fact that Dev started the book feeling one way about his dad and finished the book feeling a completely opposite way. I won't give away how it plays out but I thought it was pretty cool. Dev had some self-realizations in this book and he made some changes in himself and I found that to be the thing that I liked the most about him. He could admit that he was wrong or was only seeing something from his side and he made changes and tried to do better. What more could I ask for?The Sexy Time is minimal since the characters in this world have to wait until marriage or "bonding" before they can get down and dirty. In fact, now that I think of it, it's a little bit too on the nose that the author has the first bite from these dudes as super painful for the first few seconds, but from then on, it's all pleasure. It kind of hits the sex metaphor too obviously for my tastes. It seemed to me that there were tons of mommy/daddy issues here for these characters so I felt like the romance took a bit of a back seat to personal growth on this book. Dev and Marissa have an extended courtship, which I suppose fulfilled the romance aspect required to call this a paranormal romance. There is also a good bit of a secondary romance between Alex, a human, and Luvera, Dev's sister. I was more interested in Dev and Marissa so I wasn't too hooked on Alex and Luvera's story. I hate to say this but for me, this book was far inferior to Book 1 in this series (The Bloodline War). I also think this will be the place in this series where you can't start beyond and still understand all the back stories and the overall war. The back story of the Varcolec enemy is expanded here and it was explained a little less so after this book, it may get confusing and readers who start the series after this book will probably be missing quite a bit of info. This book had a lot of action but very little romance, very little humor and very little Sexy Time. I found the main characters to be a little less likable this time around but it's possible that it was due to the expanding back stories and the secondary romance. I also didn't love the jumping back and forth between the 3 or 4 stories that were going on: Flashbacks from Dev's mother's history during the 1800's, Dev and Marissa's relationship, Luvera's issues, Alex's issues, and an additional bonding pair. It was a lot and it prevented me from focusing on any one thing long enough to start to care about them. I didn't love this one but I'm going to check out the next book in this series before I decide whether to keep going with this series or quit now.

  • Julie
    2018-10-23 17:13

    Good grief !!! I love this series, and hope there is more to come. What an awesome ride. Got totally sucked in from book 1, devoured this one, and now I want more !!!So……DEV, our hero, was in the first book, and he was a secondary character in that one, and I hoped he would get a book. Marissa, our heroine, is human and has DNA that will make her compatible to mate and bear children with the Varcolac. The Varcolac are the vampires that live underground; they are more civilized than the Topside Om Rau. Although both races kidnap human females. The Varcolac woo and win their females, the Om Rau don’t.This book starts off where the last one ended. Dev and his warriors off to rescue those women. The kidnapping of Marissa and 2 other women was a little hard to read, but it brought home how different the three warring factions are. Marissa and her fellow slaves are rescued by Dev and his team. The fight scenes are fast and furious, but had moments where you would chuckle. Especially, the one liners the Varcolac would throw out.Dev felt an instant attraction to Marissa, but put it down to the smell of unattached dragon females produce. Dragon females are human women with compatible DNA that match both the Varcolac and the Om Rau vampires.All Marissa ever wanted was to have her own restaurant. And the thought of owning one in Tarana, which is the underground city in which the Varcolac live, and the Om Rau keep trying to break into,was too good to turn down. She liked the idea of maybe spending time with Dev, what she didn’t bank on , was spending FOREVER with him. And that to stay with him, meant giving up her dreams, and being bitten by a vamp!We have a lot of the original characters from the first book, so it felt more of a continuation of the whole story, rather than a new book. And we also had a few new threads added as wellBoth Marissa and Dev have their own issues and hang ups, and they do hamper the couple from getting together. But I liked that they don’t get down and naughty within the first few pages. Dev HAD to work at gaining Marissa’s trust. And when I mean issues I mean ISSUES !!!! (mothers who hate you, and sisters that sabotage your every dream, and wish you dead)There were the usual bad guys posturing and doing their usual sneers, and a few OMG moments.I do see a few females being taken in the future (hint hint hint at more books)So to round this up, I totally recommend this series. If you like your alpha males with a bite and growl, then The Purest of the Breed is the book for you. Oh …. When is the next one out ?

  • Tania
    2018-11-18 21:54

    "The Purest of the Breed" by Tracy Tappan. Book 2 in The Community series.I really enjoyed this second book in The Community series about Dev (Devid) and Marissa. The last book left off with a teaser ending about Dev going on a mission and this is were the story picks up in this book. The story was very well paced but different from the first book in that there are time-jumps in this story, two kinds. The story jumps back into the past 134 years, giving the reader a glimpse into what happened to the Varcolac in the past. The other time-jumps are just the time moving forward (ie: top of the chapter will say "three months later") and then the story just continuing from there.There are actually a few story lines happening throughout this book dealing with other characters like Gabor, Alex, Luvera and Shn. Although I found these sideline plots interesting, I found myself wanting their stories' more fleshed out, perhaps given a book of their own. Mind you, the story line with Shn is intriguing and he's a very mysterious character so I'm hoping he'll get his own book.So, a little about the romantic plot in this book....Marissa is a human descended from the Dragon bloodline but she has no idea about that. She's just accepted to live in Tarana for one year in which she will receive half a million dollars in return. She wants to start her own restaurant so Marissa jumps at the chance. And all of this is happening right after she was kidnapped and then saved by the security team for Tarana!Dev knows that Marissa is his. Since him and his team rescued her, he can't get her scent out of his head. She knows nothing about the Varcolac and the community of Tarana is trying it's hardest not to reveal themselves. No one wants to scare away a potential mate. But when Marissa learns the truth about Dev, will she be able to accept what he really is? He really hopes so.Overall, I really liked this one. The overall story line of the book was good and revealed a lot about the history of the Varcolac. The book was very emotional as well with a lot of the characters trying to deal with personal issues giving the characters more depth. As with the previous book, this book also ends with a teaser/cliffhanger ending hinting at who the next book will be about. I will definitely be reading the next book and hope this series continues.

  • Romance Novel Giveaways Lauren Seiberling
    2018-11-05 17:05

    I can't wait for the next book!!!This is the second book in the series, and the way this one ended, there will definitely be a third (HOORAY!!!)Tracy's books are kind of like a 2-for-1 deal: she doesn't just introduce a supporting character and then never mention it again. She gives the reader an in-depth look at the supporting character(s), almost like a novella inside of the novel. This really had me invested in the collective characters and eager to read more about them, hopefully in subsequent books. She also involved the main characters from book 1 in book 2 and even continued their story. It was like catching up with old friends, and I was SO happy!I absolutely LOVED everything that transpired between Marissa and Dev, especially their first meeting (it was pretty funny. I think you'll laugh when you read it!). His unwavering devotion to her is so endearing, and the dialogue between them truly made me FEEL. Even though Dev is a big, tough warrior, life seems to throw him a few unexpected curve balls that shatters his world around him. I really felt for him, and if Marissa didn't comfort him, I would have jumped into that book and done it myself!Similarly, Marissa is forced to deal with some unfortunate issues, which makes them a perfect couple. Not many love scenes in the book, but it really didn't need them. The actual LOVE between the characters was engaging enough to read. The story kept developing twists that kept me guessing until the end. Heck, even the last sentence of the book has me guessing about the NEXT book!I love this series because all of the males are to-the-death devoted to their mates. Once he know who she is, he never wavers in his commitment: he doesn't ever WANT to. I love reading stories like that; where he finds his "one and only" and never lets anything come between them. This series definitely keeps getting better. I am looking forward to at least one more in the series, but I'm also very interested in reading Tracy's other upcoming books in other romance-genres, not just paranormal!***A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review***

  • Sarah-Jayne Briggs
    2018-10-22 22:05

    (I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).(This review may contain spoilers).Having read the first book in this series, I was pretty happy I already had the second book... and I had a much better feeling while I was reading this book. I liked the women, but there were times I got a bit confused with them. The ones who weren't the main characters seemed almost grouped together into one entity and there were a few who weren't actually named.It was nice to see other characters as well in this book. I really liked Alex's relationship and I liked the fact that he was a fairly interesting character and it was nice to see that the author spent quite a bit of time on his subplot.I really find it unique that the vampire-race can't actually get physical with anyone until after they're bound. It's an interesting and unique take on it and I felt it kept the relationships real, with just enough sexual tension to indicate that, yes, these two characters are strongly attracted to each other.I would like to know how the Dragons are formed. If it's a genetic thing, I would have thought that at least some of the Dragons would be physically related to each other.I really didn't like the police officer in this book. I didn't like him in the previous one, either, but he was particularly annoying in this one. There were a couple of the bad guys that I found fairly intriguing, even though I really dislike them. Not their leader, though - he's a complete jerk and I really dislike him. I can't feel any sympathy towards him... or really understand the reasons behind what he's trying to do.There were a few emotional scenes in this book and some things that really made me angry. I ran a gauntlet of emotions through this book and that's a sign of a book that really draws me in and keeps me hooked all through reading it.I definitely intend to read book three at some point in the future. I also have a short story that's set in the world as well. If you'd like a more unique take on the vampire paranormal romances... this series is it.

  • Lena Dublin
    2018-11-14 19:12

    This is the second in the Community Book series by Tracy Tappan. Although it is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I'm not usually drawn to Paranormal romance books but the synopsis of this book had me curious. I am glad I gave into my curiosity.The series is about two communities, Tarana, who because of their Vampire like traits, must reside underground and the Om Rau who exist Topside otherwise known as, our world. They are competing for the Dragon Blood humans. Tracy brings you into a world rich in history and tradition. She does a good job of educating the reader on the history without bogging the reader down with too much detail. She gave just enough history for the reader to understand why actions that were taken in the past had affected their world in the present. Doing this made for a well-rounded story. Although the series is about the communities, the main characters are the Warrior class of the Varcolac community. These men are tasked with protecting the underground society. You really got the sense of the skills and abilities they possessed with the way the action scenes were written. They were very well done. This story is about Dev, the second in command of the Warrior class and a newbie Dragon Blood human named Marissa. They met when he went Topside to rescue her from the Om Rau. Their relationship was started under false pretenses since he could not divulge what he really was to her. Even after the big reveal, their relationship does not move forward. It isn’t until tragedy strikes that they realize they are meant to be in each other’s lives that they truly are soul mates. This book is filled with so much good stuff it was hard to write this review without giving too much away. I wanted to cover everything. All in all, this was a fun read and I am hooked on the series and look forward to the third book. This book was given to me from the author for an honest review.

  • Kim
    2018-11-20 00:06

    I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first! I am not usually into the whole alpha male concept, but the blend of the badass, hypermasculine men and the unexpected soft side really works. Nowhere else but in a Community novel will you find such gorgeous specimens of man beasts who are quite so virginally innocent!This one had some moments that were decidedly darker than the first, some situations that were almost hard to read. Those moments brought us new characters and new storylines, a couple of which were left unresolved. I am hoping that those stories will be told in future books. One involves the horror of the things that happened to a Dragon female. Another is a surprising revelation that was made almost in passing about the detective from the first novel. There is another between Marissa and her sister, too, that I hope will be explored more at some point, too. I shall say no more about that!There is a lot of unexpected humor that makes the story fantastic to read. There is a whole lot of steamy romance, too, but it is the humor that I truly love. The story is fast-paced with lots of action and twists and turns, too, making it impossible to put down. There was another story within the story, that of Dev's mother, that really added a lot to the mythology of the community. It was one that also brought a whole new level of frustration and angst to the story!!Things to love... --The alpha males with the unexpected innocence. --The strength of the women. No wilting flowers here! --The depth of ALL of the characters, not just the protagonists.My Recommendation: The Bloodline War should definitely be read first to really know the story of the Community. This is a great series with intrigue, action, humor, and no shortage of steaminess!

  • Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews
    2018-11-03 19:02

    Overall Rating: 4 Rockin’ ★★★★Stumbling upon The Purest of the Breed, the Community Series book two by Tracy Tappan was an educational learning process for those of us not savvy about the various pop cultures used by the author to develop this unique one of a kind book. It is an intricately woven tale filled with Vampire myths, the never ending battling for dominance and survival between the Demon, Fae and Vampire Races. This story focuses on Dev and Marissa's happily ever after and the struggle to get there.Marissa is kidnapped from her bed in the middle of the night. She is terrified of what lies ahead for her, because the brutes that have her are horrendous with a capital "H". She finds herself with two other women in an abandoned warehouse, hoping upon hope that someone will come to their aide and rescue them. Dev is an Elite Pureblood Vampire that chose to be a warrior with his family’s permission. He is searching for the one woman that will complete him, his mate. While on a rescue mission, he inhales the sweet scent of Marissa, his mate. He knows that he will protect, care for her and keep her safe always. This story was mind-blowing with its numerous subplots that were done really well. You had several characters battling various dramas while the main plot continued to build in its intensity. The characters were well developed and you were able to sense their insanity, hopelessness, heartache and more. The story is fast-paced and you dread laying the book down until it is finished.The Purest of the BreedTracy Tappan

  • Tracy Ehlers
    2018-11-04 01:06

    I received this book for an honest review...I said I loved the bloodline war (Book One the Community series) well I think this book has surpassed even that.The Purest of the Breed...(Book Two the Community series).This book continued from where book One ended...this time the Varcolac warriors head out to rescue four dragon females from the topside vampires, and bring them into the community... While the community itself is undergoing changes to their social structure and integrating new rules and laws to encourage the females to stay.... This story centres around warrior Dev and one of the rescued females Marissa, while still continuing the story of the Varcolac and their history.. I enjoyed the historical flash backs from Romania 1877, that was seamlessly woven through this story explaining how the Varcolac society got to where it is now.... I was amazed at the caliber of writing, and found Ms Tappan's ability to create a complex and intriguing world with detailed descriptions of locations and scenery, that was easy to imagine without being bored or bogged down with too much detail. The story was full of exciting characters that were charismatic, and with strong personalities that the author was able to capture and use to hold a readers attention. A fast paced story containing thrilling characters, action, suspense, intrigue as well as a fantastic mixture of humour, romance and steaminess!Did not want the story to end and found it difficult to put down I will be waiting ever so impatiently for the next book.... Highly recommend this series, a must read..

  • Denise Van plew
    2018-10-20 19:00

    This is the first time reading this author with this being the second one in the series I found it still easy to follow. The characters are quite intriguing in them selves with the storyline not your average paranormal genre either. This author knows how to mix her danger and paranormal using her characters to keep you riveted to the pages. She starts it off quite literally with a bang that has you going oh my. The race you find yourself included in keeps you turning the pages to see what comes next. Very strong characters that have body to them that you can sink your teeth into. Marissa and Dev will have a interesting relationship but not without its ups and downs. Secrets and betrayals are the order of the day with interesting results of the exposure that this author gives them. This author knows how to give you the thrills required when reading that you are quite happy that you did not miss opening this gem. I so love the premises of this community liking the paranormal as I do that love will have to be strong if she wants it all. Funny too how love can give the fighting spirit needed to save what you do love with needing to win at all costs. There is also a great heat factor in this novel that is a scorcher. All in all a very thrilling read that was a surprise especially discovering a new author for me to embrace. received a copy for a honest review.( Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers)

  • Rachel
    2018-11-08 23:06

    Sensitive readers should be warned about a graphic rape scene in the first few chapters.Now on to the positive...Dev and Marissa fit together like two pieces of a puzzle! They both went through some shattering experiences and I honestly don't know what they would have done without each other to lean on. They had a strong connection to begin with and I loved seeing how it developed over time. Dev desperately wanted Marissa as his mate but she had her own plans for her life and she wasn't ready to give them up... even for him. Yes, it caused some angst between them but it was nothing they couldn't solve.It's no secret that I adore Toni and Kimberly and it was wonderful to see them both in their element. Thank God for strong females!The flashbacks to the 1800's added so much to the story as well. We get the heart-breaking backstory behind the marriage of Dev's parents and the Vârcolac being forced to flee their home country. I could see that there was more to Pettrila than the toxic shrew and sure enough, I couldn't blame her for being the way she was. As far as the development of the overall story... we learn something about a certain detective and Raymond's daughter Pandra is becoming an intriguing character. I'd love to see more of her in the next book.

  • Cindy
    2018-10-20 17:57

    Devid Nichita is a Varcolac warrior(a vampire that lives in an underground community) leader of one of the units he is sent on a rescue mission to recover 3 human women abducted by the evil, topside Om Rau to barter with the underground Om Rau. One of the women is blond beauty Marissa, a chef wishing to open her own restaurant, when all that disappears after her horrifying abduction, the terror of what the evil monsters have in store for them is crippling. Out of the night comes a group of men that seem as terrifying as the Om Rau, but their objection is to liberate these special women as possible future mates. When they arrive in the underground city of Tarana they are offered a bonus of $500,000.00 if they stay a year, Marissa takes up the offer if they will build her a restaurant. As unity grows between some of the women and few of the men the back story of how they came to be in the underground caves comes to light. Romance before sex can only go so far, but sex for a Varcolac is forever, it's time for the women to be told the truth. Who will stay and who will go? Can love find a way on faith alone? What will happen if the women choose to go back to the top side? I'm not telling! :) You'll have to read the book and enjoy the bejeesus out of it just like I did!

  • Barbara
    2018-11-02 01:01

    This is my Zon ReviewSome twists because , Who's in charge of the Top Side Om Rau .. Who's the Leader of the Underground Om Rau .. there' two WTFs right there!!Hopeful as each Varcolac Male is hoping that one of the Dragon Females falls in love with one of them..Steady as the book is going along great then Bam someone's kidnapped , or in Danger, Torcherd , puts you fight or flight mode .. eyes wide readingComplex because there's lots going on you've got the Top Om Rau ... Underground Om Rau .. Then you have the Varcolac living Underground. Then Humans ... The Dragon Women .. but I love this type of Depth to a Book/Series ...Devid the "Vamp" who just wants to fall in love There's a great twist as why any of the males just cant have Women ... & he does with Marissa , she's not sure if she wants this Life long Bonding Business... is it in the manual Best line I think Marissa say to Dev ..."Respect" - Gee thanks Dev , but if its all the same to you , Id prefer to have my knees pinned back to my ears & my ankles swinging while you pound me into the headboard rather than your non-orgasm-inspiring "Respect"His Mouth fell open with a Silent Clang . Yip I laughed out loud on that one .Well Worth My Time & Money .. Loved It On to the Third :-)

  • Book Junky Girls
    2018-11-03 23:59

    4.5 StarsMarissa is from a rare bloodline, one that makes her one of the few how can have children with vampires. Whe she's kidnapped and then saved by Dev she's given a chance at half a million dollars is she works underground for a year. What she doesn't know is that it's a ploy in which they hope she falls in love with one of the men down there and stays...forever.Dev knows from the moment he falls on Marissa that she's his mate, but with their new ways of doing things he can't tell her whathe really is right away. As their feelings grow secrets kept could ruin them before they get a chance at forever after.Marissa has had a crap life when it comes to those closest to her, she's never fit in and didn't know why. Dev is a total sweetie wrapped up in one very hot warrior package. He's hates the typical vampire stories and tries his hardest to be different from the stories.These two have their share of problems, but I loved seeing the back and forth between them and seeing how they reacted to new situations. The storyloine is interesting and keeps you glued to the pages. Don't believe me? I stayed up till 1:30 in the morning to finish it because I couldn't put it down!

  • L.E. Wilson
    2018-11-05 20:19

    Although I'm really enjoying this new series, I have to say this one fell a little short for me. (MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD)Although I appreciated how Dev wasn't a "perfect" guy, I didn't enjoy the main characters as much for some reason, and some of their "dating" conversations seemed kind of forced to me. I also would have liked more from them when they finally did get together. The book skipped ahead a lot, and I felt slightly cheated by their HEA. There were a lot of different storylines going on in this one too, almost too many. I would've loved more detail from Alex and Luvera. There was so much story leading up to them getting together, and then it just jumped ahead to Marissa saying they'd bonded. Great! But I would've liked a scene when they finally got together. Overall though, I did like the book, and I'll be buying the 3rd. :)

  • Kelly
    2018-10-29 20:10

    This book was not nearly as good as the first one. I felt no connection with the main characters at all and their first sex scene was disastrous, not sexy at all. Again there were multiple pov/ story lines going on~ the Alex, luvera, shon story line felt like I was reading a young adult story. Thank goodness she married them off so we didn't have to read a whole book about them... I don't think I could of read it. (though I did really feel for shon and wish he wasn't put in the situation he was in) . The author fast forwarded a lot in the story so really couldn't connect with the others either. I felt it took a lot of needed information away from the story's that were going on. I think the mothers story was the most interesting. I am going to try the 3rd to see if it compares to the first because this one was just not really that good to me.

  • Michele Breaux-Rowley
    2018-10-20 21:14

    Laugh out loud funny, I think I even snorted out loud, ok, so it was more than once. This book is solid! Wit, humor, snark…love story, steamy romance, sexy men, secrets, intrigue, and fantastical creatures. What wasn’t to love? I could go on for hours. I’ll admit that I haven’t read the first book in the series, but I will totally be getting it! Even without reading it, this book stood well on its own.I totally enjoyed the fantastic world building. Vivid descriptions brought the characters, places and events to reality. My imagination was in overdrive! Tracy Tappan, you have a new fan for life! In a library full of muddled books, especially in this genre, this is a standout gem of unmuddledness (yes I made that up!). If you haven’t read any of her books, what are you waiting for?