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Sacrifice of Passion (Deadly Legends #1)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Something waits in the shadows…

On a Texas night twelve years ago, Vic Vargas kissed Delaney West so deeply that she almost came apart. Later that same night, evil crept into Delaney’s room as she slept – and everything in their world fell apart. Now Vic is a rancher living a half-empty life punctuated by one-night stands and a strained relationship with his 11-year-old son
Nook, Nook Book Edition, 355 pages
Published June 15th 2012 by Entangled Publishing (first published June 2012)
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Nikki  Peterson
Jul 22, 2012 Nikki Peterson rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance Fans
Recommended to Nikki by: Misa Ramirez
Delaney is, of course, the Texas beauty and Vic has a mixed heritage. Anglo and Hispanic combining to make one tasty specimen, yum! Delaney returns to her parent's house to put a stop to her torment. Twelve years earlier, an 18 year old Delaney and Vic were supposed to meet at 3:45 AM and elope. However, something horrible happened that night to Delaney and when she makes it to the meeting place he isn't there. He decides to ask her parents for her hand in marriage the next morning and figures a ...more
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Jun 20, 2012 Kayleigh {K-Books} rated it it was amazing
Sacrifice of Passion Review on K-Books

Wow, that is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of this book. Since I first heard of this book I instantly wanted to read it. I have worked with Misa before when reviewing books for other authors through Entangled Publishing but had never read any of her books before. This has completely had me thinking why haven't I read any of Misa's books before now? I was completely blown away with this book.

Vic is struggling with his day to day life. Trying
Jun 27, 2012 Anjana rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is one of those times when I don't even know where to begin.
I've known Misa for a while now as the awesome, super nice publicist from Entangled Publishing and ever since I found out that she's a writer as well, I've literally been dying to get my hands on one of her books. Sacrifice of Passion definitely didn't let me down.

The story begins in a ranch where one of Vic's goats is killed and drained of its blood. Understandably, he calls the cops but no one has any clue about what happe
Jul 15, 2012 Sapphyria rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 18+ crowd
Review Copy Courtesy Of: Entangled Publishing, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

When a blast from the past walks back into Vic Vargas' life, feelings that he thought he'd gotten past work their way back to the surface. The girl who walked out on him 12 years earlier comes back to town and it appears she's going to stay. Add her reappearance to his shocking discovery of the 11-year-old son he didn't know he had and the chupacabra that is killing animals on his ranch and the ranches of
Jul 12, 2012 Meaghan rated it it was amazing
When the publisher first approached me about reviewing this book I was not quite sure what to expect, but the summary sounded so interesting I just could not resist tying it. Now that I have completely consumed this book all I can say is wow! I am not quite sure how to express how much I adored this book. It is at its core a truly tender love story mixed with an exciting mystery and a few paranormal elements.

We come into the story focusing on Vic and Delaney. They were childhood sweethearts tha
Cristina Buzoianu
Jan 26, 2015 Cristina Buzoianu rated it liked it
I loved it! Can't wait to see what's next by Misa Ramirez!
Steph at  Starry Night Book Reviews
What a wonderful story filled with passion, Vic is the type of man every women wants, he’s hardworking, tall dark and sexy, Smart and will do anything to protect his family.

Vic & Delaney have a past, they were childhood sweethearts who were planning on eloping but when Vic never showed up something happened that made Delaney run and not look back.
12 years later fate brings Delaney back at home, they both hold a lot of resentment awards one another and refuse to let the other back into their
Heidi McLaughlin
Jul 09, 2012 Heidi McLaughlin rated it really liked it
Know what caught me, the tall, dark single dad Texas rancher! As soon as I saw that I wanted to read the newest novel by Misa Ramirez. The only adjective she forgot to add was sexy. Doesn’t matter though because I’m telling you!

SoP is an edge of your seat mystery mixed with a love story. As soon as Delaney West returns to her hometown, animals are found exsanguinished, in better terms, sucked or bleed dry.

When Vic and his friend find an animal at the corner of their property, they are baffled.
J.A. Belfield
Jun 29, 2012 J.A. Belfield rated it really liked it
Vic. Right from the off, I knew he was a bit of a one. The kind of dude that women would swoon over, and the kind of bloke to break women’s hearts. So, to see his character unwind before the readers eyes, as his ‘true’ characteristics became exposed was all the more pleasurable.
Then we have Delaney. A woman with whom Vic has a history. One who makes for a strong leading role due to the tragic happenings in her life she’s had no choice but to overcome.
I really enjoyed the read. I enjoyed that the
Talk Supe
Jul 06, 2012 Talk Supe rated it really liked it
Full review at Talk Supe

I loved that MBRamirez added familial relationships to SACRIFICE OF PASSION to highlight Vic and Delaney's past and present relationship. I loved that the bigger picture involves this fragile relationship between father and son and how Vic struggled to bridge this gap between him and Zack while trying to reclaim his relationship with Delaney by mending this huge misunderstanding they had in the past. I loved how protective Ray is of his brother without being overbearing.
Dec 19, 2012 B.E.Love rated it really liked it
This was a great read from beginning to end, This is the first time I have ever read anything from Melissa Bourbon Ramirez but it won't be the last. I was suched into this story from the first page and couldn't put it down till I was finished. Vic and Delaney story was fantastic and I loved not only their characters but the side characters as well. Sacrifice of Passion is the first book in the Deadly Legends which is a Romantic Suspense Trilogy which is about the legend of the chupacabra. This i ...more

My second series from the author. I've been reading her cozy mysteries and I wanted to try her romantic-suspense series. I like both Vic and Delaney. I'm glad that they are able to heal and move on.
Oct 12, 2012 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
If have preferred more chupacabra back-story and horror events and less stereotypical/predictable romance story-line. However, the sex scenes were steamy and there was a decent plot. I enjoyed the read, but romance just isn't my genre.
Karla(Book Addict)
Apr 08, 2013 Karla(Book Addict) rated it it was amazing
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deleting reviews if you want to take a look at them you can do so on my blog, link on my profile
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Originally posted on What I'm Reading

Yesterday I spent most of the day reading Sacrifice of Passion by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez. I must say that it was suspenseful with twist and turns. Let's get started with what the story is about and my thoughts.

Twelve years earlier Delaney West was traumatize by something horrible that happen to her and decided the best way to deal with it was to run away. How does running away ever solved any problems? It never does just compacts the problem. However, she fi
Kat Morrisey
Aug 18, 2013 Kat Morrisey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: small-town, suspense
I'm waffling somewhere between 3.5 stars and 4. I can't decide so I'm rounding up...

This couples' backstory ripped my heart to shreds. Totally, completely left it in tatters. Poor Laney. And god, what Vic went through too, the not knowing and then the knowing and the guilt that followed...It crushed.

But it was also awesome.

I really like this author's voice and the story itself was solid. I never, not once, considered the bad guy to be who it turned out to be. Talk about throwing me for a total
Julie G
May 17, 2013 Julie G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Twelve years ago, Delaney West and Vic Vargas planned to meet at the Chain Tree, at 3:45am, and elope. But he decided she deserved better than a runaway wedding and, without telling her why, didn't show up. By the time Vic got to the West's ranch, to formally ask for Delaney's hand, she was gone. For good.

After waiting for 2 hours, Delaney gave up and went home. Somewhere in the early hours, a monster crept in through her window and changed her life forever. When she ran to Vic, needing the love
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Aug 01, 2012 Tala rated it really liked it
Received from publisher for an honest review.

Mystery, Myth, and Romance! Oh My! Sacrifice of Passion has all of that and more. This is the first book from this author that I have read and I was pleased to find a well written book with a complex mystery to solve and long suffering characters fighting their attraction and love for each other. Vic and Delaney were teenagers in love, preparing to spend forever together when tragedy and misinterpretations throw everything off the rails. Delaney runs
This story pulled me in right from the first page. The mystery of the chupacabra, the past love shared by Delaney and Vic, Vic's struggle to connect with his son, there was a lot to keep me engrossed. Then, there was a WTF scene involving Delaney, sleepwalking, and Vic that just lost me. I almost DNF'ed the book; the scene was unbelievable and unnecessary. Yes, it ramped up the tension between Delaney and Vic but they had a whole state's worth of tension; this was just lazy writing and brought u ...more

Author: Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Published By: Entangled Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5


"Sacrifice of Passion" by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez was of mystery, paranormal and romantic read. This novel had so many twist and turn that it keep me steadily reading till the end to find out just who this bad guy was. I really like the hero and the heroine...both were simply off the chart good! I don't want to leave out the rest of this novels charac
K'Elle Thorsten
Jun 18, 2013 K'Elle Thorsten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review is also posted at The Bawdy Book Blog

I liked the base of the book. The myth of the Chupacabra centered around a love story I found wonderful. Everything that involved the Chupacabra was great, every killing and suspense built around it was awesome and very detailed. If you do not pay attention in the book, who the Chupacabra is, will surprise you, it didn’t surprise me because I figured out who it was, when the first human died (but hey, “who did it” books are my specialty, I always
Really 3.75 Stars


Things haven’t been going according to plan recently for Vic. First, an ex dies and saddles with him with a teenage son he didn’t know he had. Then Delaney comes back to town, the woman he has been obsessing over for nearly 12 years after she abandoned him before they were due to elope. To cap it all off, a mysterious animal has been killing off livestock in a fashion reminiscent of the old legend of the Chupacabra. All are situations tha
Oct 14, 2012 Christa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic suspense novel. Vic and Delaney were both great characters, and I enjoyed the chemistry between them. The story was fast paced, interesting, and full of suspense.

Delaney returns to her hometown as a veterinary assistant, and son encounters Vic, her former love who stood her up twelve years ago when they were planning to elope together. What followed that night for Delaney was horrible, and she has never forgiven Vic for not being there. When Delaney returns hom
Yep. This is another one of those reviews that I say check out the review I posted on Fictionators. There's an interview and quotes and I talk about the abs on the cover a little bit.

For a very brief review, I can say that I liked this book. It's a quick read and though I felt like Vic was a little insensitive when he tells Delaney he thinks they should have sex, it was hot (the sex, not what he said to her about it). This book has paranormal elements and a mystery to be solved. I like the chara
Rosemary K
Mar 15, 2013 Rosemary K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had not read any of Melissa Bourbon Ramirez stories so when I received a ARC of this book I was excited. The romance of Delaney West and Vic Vargas has been filled with pain and misunderstanding but their love and desire still burn hot. When Delaney returns to her childhood home to reclaim her life, the killing of livestock begins. Now the chupacabra, a mythical beast, prowls the land. Esperanza, a healer, has told Delaney that she will die if she is not careful. As she fights to overcome her ...more
Bandmama (aka Lucy) - Claiming Mitch as mine
How do I love this book? Let me count the ways. Well actually there are too many to really list here but 1)the romance is smokin' hot; 2)Vic is one of the good guys - the kind everyone can relate to and fall in love with; 3)there is a nice mystery here that you won't figure out until it's over and 4)it contains a wonderful sense of family and small town life. The banter between the leading characters is witty and enjoyable. I don't normally read too many romance books but I fell in love with Mel ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: oct-12
On the night they were to elope Vic doesn't show and Delaney disappears for 12 years. Upon her return to town, the woman Vic has been obsessing over for 12 years, livestock are being mutilated and killed and an old woman believes it is the legend of Chupacabra.
Does this have something to do with Delaney's return and her untold secrets?
Will Vic and Delaney be able to rekindle their romance?

Ms. Ramirez pieces the plot together nicely and as a result the story was very enjoyable. It is well-writte
Feb 26, 2013 Rayni rated it it was amazing
So in love w/ how Melissa B Ramirez tells a mystery w/ some Latin urban legends twisted in. I'm wondering where she was going in many points of the book and thinking I knew, but really didn't as she went on w/ this story. I fell asleep thinking about these characters and woke up thinking about them. There's a little more then meets the eye w/ every character you're introduced to. Really enjoyed this book and highly recommend if you're a mystery lover who likes a slight bit of romance and steam.
Sep 01, 2013 Bobbie rated it really liked it
I readbook two in series and enjoyed Curseof Paasion so much I had to back track to book one. The suspense in the plot is so intense amd exciting. Holding out for the one you feel you were meant to be with drives this couple to surviving life hard knocks. M. Ramirez is becoming a fav author to read.
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Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enou ...more
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