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Second Nature

(Blood at First Sight #1)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  20 reviews
She never expects it…

Desiree Edwards has a problem. Her world has just come crashing down. She’s found out that supernatural beings exist, nightmares, creatures made for the story books. She’s been attacked, kidnapped and forced to get along with a vampire of all things. But sometimes he’s not the monster at first glance. He seems so humanlike that she can’t help it when h
ebook, Second Edition, 188 pages
Published December 10th 2020 by Indie (first published December 8th 2014)
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Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an ARC copy.

When Marie Lavender said that this was not your ordinary vampire story she was not playing. This book took me through every emotion I own. Before I could finish this book I was calling and texting my friends to recommend this book. From the awesome attention to detail to the dips and turns I love this book. Officially, I am stalking all blogs and emails for the release of the next book. I am truly looking forward to the second book in this series.
Devika Fernando
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of “Second Nature” by Marie Lavender. Having enjoyed her novel “Magick & Moonlight” a lot, and being a huge fan of vampires, I dove in eagerly – and I loved the book!
It was great to see things through both protagonists’ eyes and really understand what motives them and what characterizes them. The heroine and the hero were both very well fleshed out, acted credibly and had me hooked from the start. I loved it that the author didn’t just make Desiree a weakling
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review**

4 stars

What a beautiful book!!
And What an enjoyable journey!!!

I really loved Alec! He's such a gentleman .. and a great person that it was hard sometimes to think of him as a vampire!

I loved their story even though I wasn't a 100% satisfied with the ending .. Too many things left unfinished for me!!!

But still this is a great book for any one who loves a good paranormal romance with a sexy vampire ..

Second Nature is set in a world much like our own, (with the exception of vampires, werewolves) 😉
Desiree is a recently divorced young woman, who has decided to immerse herself in her work. She has friends and family but is starting to feel like she needs a different path to follow, work or personal, she just hasn’t decided which one yet to choose.

Alec is a vampire, he was “made” when another vampire changed him by accident during the civil war !! Having no “sire” to show him how to be a vampire
Rachael Tamayo
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok lets see now...

Hot Vampire? Check

Love at first sight? Check

Hot Lovin? Check

Love with a stranger fantasy? check yeah this book has a bit of something for the dark romantic in all of us.  I tore through this book in  two days, and I really enjoyed the read.  You are thrown into the book in the first chapter and its a take-no-prisoners romance that leaves you fanning yourself and turning the page for more.  

Marie Lavender is an award winning author, and has published some 20 titles.  This
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Alec was a vampire and he was on the scent of blood so sweet that he could not help following it. The scent was driving him to the point that he had to have it! He could tell that it was female and he had always craved them but only the legal aged ones and only if they were willing enough to want a moment with him. He also always protected himself and his food source by wiping their memory and healing their wound that way he never had to worry about humans discovering
Malay A. Upadhyay
A cup of tea never goes out of fashion, nor do the kind of books that guarantee cosiness to go with it. We are, of course, talking here about romance. And Marie Lavender has a knack for serving it well.
As the author notes about the protagonist - a vampire, “All he’d ever hoped for, when you looked past the bitterness of fate, was acceptance. He had foolishly wanted to be accepted despite his supernatural flaws. And that just wasn’t possible.” That ironically is true for the very genre of romance
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Second Nature as an urban fantasy set in a contemporary world much like our own, with the exception of vampires, werewolves, and possibly other creatures we have yet to be introduced to. Desiree is a young divorcee who has immersed herself in her work to start a new life since the divorce. She has friends and family close by but is starting to feel like she needs a change of pace in her life or work. She hasn’t decided which yet.

The story is told expertly through alternating viewpoints so well t
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
Initially I found this story somewhat disconcerting. It started out with the heroine being stalked by the hero because he found the scent of her blood appealing. Eventually, he makes a move on her and this led to them having a sexual encounter. It may appear that the heroine was raped, but it depends on how you as the reader interprets this particular encounter. He then proceeded to kidnap her to protect his identity because he had difficulty erasing her memories. However, has the story progres ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review. *

This book is a paranormal romance book and it starts off a bit on the odd side - It begins with Alec stalking Desiree based on one glimpse and smell of her. I thought that the story was a bit slow going for the first few chapters but once Desiree and Alec actually meet the story gets much more interesting and has a much quicker pace.

The author made sure that the fact that Desiree was weary of men, relationships and getting close to anyone
Tom Olbert
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marie Lavender's "Second Nature" continues the vampire/human romance concept with a dark and daring approach, effectively dovetailing horror, paranormal mystery and romance in a disturbing blend.

I'm not a big romance fan myself, but I found this one held my attention very effectively. It builds slowly, the heroine, Desiree, crossing a misty border between realities. Are the strange impressions she's been getting just dreams, or psychic visions? Is she really being stalked by a vampire, or is the
Michelle Randall
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Alec is not your ordinary drop-dead handsome man, he is a vampire, and he smells the most amazing blood he has ever met. He is looking for it when he finds it at a festival. Desiree is a young woman with a broken heart and soul. She has been unlucky in love, but she thinks she is ok. Alec has to know more about her, he wants to know her not just have a taste of her blood, which is something he has never done. Desiree is strong than she thinks and her mind is even str
Jennifer Hines
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.5 Fiery Hearts!**

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Desiree thought she had the life until she caught her husband in bed with another woman, now she’s just trying to make a life for herself. With her sister newly married and expecting it’s a little heavy on her heart, but she’s truly happy for her and continually shows it.

Alec has been around a long time, he’s had his love and lost her to her own demise, but he never ever expected to find someone who
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The rating for this book was 3.5 stars. It had vampires, oodles of sexy times, and heartbreaking romance.

This book is primarily a romance. It starts a little… strangely, but heads right into the kind of romance that makes each partner want to sacrifice themselves for the other. Alec finds Des at a festival by tracking her yummy blood. He’s instantly attracted and probably experiences love at first sight. Des, being completely obliv
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It was hot, sweet and cute.
Even though the beginning wasn't all that inspiring, what with the attack for a bite turned into almost rape that was actually consensual but still really weird. Yeah, it's complicated. It was a bit surreal that scene. But then after that it got much better. I'm still not a huge fan of insta-love but I guess we could say they were soul mates and fated to be together.
Needless to say,
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the Best Vampire romances I have read! I really enjoyed reading this book. Very well written and easy to read. This book is on my "favorites" book shelf... to be treasured! This story has it all...and best part is the happy ending. Left me wanting to read more about these two, and their future adventures together.
If you are looking for a great Vampire romance... I Highly recommend this book!
I am looking forward to reading many more stories by this author!
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bittersweet romance, beautifully written. ... Alec is a powerful vampire who is drawn to Desiree, a beautiful independent young woman. She is not yet fully aware of her special powers. The author is tender and empathic in describing how their love blossoms and how they gather strength to face challenges. A must-read! And it's a series! ...more
S.C. Alban
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the makings of a classic vamp-rom. Strong, spunky female heroine, tortured, hot, male vampire, and an unlikely and mysterious connection between the two. Great character chemistry. Solid writing. Good foundation for future novels in the series.
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really a fun read! It's a paranormal / vampire book....I have learned to like this type. Excitement, intensity, well-created characters, love, fun.....Very enjoyable! I'm looking forward to Book 2 in this series! ...more
Amy Shannon
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something magical about an undead romance

It's obviously not a typical romance, nor is it typical about an undead ravenous vampire story. The vampire is Alec, and the human he desires is Desiree. I am a big fan of Lavender's work, so this was something I definitely wanted to read. A start of something new, and very intense and filled with grand vibrant characters. The story builds so much the reader can feel the intensity of the chemistry between the vampire and his "captive." I really enjoyed th
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