The Vampire Within sends a teenage boy on a search for answers, leading to a powerful vampire determined to reconnect with her mate.


The Description

Immortal Kiss: Book 3
Publication Date: March 16, 2018

Brandon Cass is not your average teenager. He has a taste for blood—human blood. For sixteen years, he stumbled through life without a hitch until the enigmatic aroma of blood awakened something dark within him. Visions of a beautiful young woman with chocolate brown hair and ocean blue eyes haunt his mind, yet her identity is a puzzling mystery. 

His hunger for blood strengthens, and the cravings become too powerful to control. No one is safe, not even his family. To safeguard all he once found dear, Brandon sets out on a quest for answers. In an unfamiliar city, he comes face-to-face with the beautiful young woman, confronts the dark force which controls him, and learns what he must endure to reclaim his soul. 

The Review

Brandon Cass is like any other 16-year-old guy until he suddenly has an uncontrollable attraction to blood.

Author Laura Daleo delves into the paranormal world with The Vampire Within. In addition to the blood cravings, Brandon is having visions supposedly linked to an entity planted inside him at birth. His mission is to find Hypatia, a vampire connected to the entity.

As the third book in the Immortal Kiss series, it appears this installment is free-standing, although it does feature characters from earlier books. While this is an interesting take on a vampire story, there are instances throughout where the storyline becomes almost superficial. For example, the author practically gushes when it comes to descriptions and the use of action verbs. The end result is somewhat formulaic.

The best parts of the story focus around the confrontation between the humans and the vampires as they debate whether Brandon can transfer the entity to a more suitable host.

Another improvement suggestion would be to have an editor take a quick sweep to clean up some mistakes. Given that the book has been published for several years, it’s worthwhile to correct “communication pack” with “pact” since that is the closing scene.

The Vampire Within sends a teenage boy on a search for answers, leading to a powerful vampire determined to reconnect with her mate.

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About The Author

LAURA DALEO is known for capturing vampiric persuasion in her Immortal Kiss series. This book takes an interesting spin on the Egyptian pantheon, from which vampires originated. At present, she is working on Once We Were Witches, the fourth book in the Immortal Kiss series.

Immortal Kiss, Bound by Blood, The Vow, The Vampire Within, The Soul Collector, and The Doll are among her published works.

She grew up in San Diego, California, and currently lives with her two dogs, Rose and Cooper, in Tucson, Arizona.


Blog Tour Schedule

July 31 – RABT Book Tours – Kick Off

July 31 – Buffy Kenndy – Excerpt from The Vampire Within

August 1 – Liliyana Shadowlyn – Spotlight

August 2 – Matters That Count – Spotlight

August 3 – I Love Books and Stuff – Excerpt of Bound By Blood

August 4 – My Bookmarked Reads – Review of Bound By Blood

August 5 – Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt of Immortal Kiss

August 6 – The Avid Reader – Interview

August 7 – Novel’s Alive – Review of The Vampire Within

August 8 – Our Town Book Reviews – Excerpt from Immortal Kiss

August 9 – The Book Countess – Review of All Books

August 10 – Crossroad Reviews – Spotlight

August 11 – RABT Reviews – Wrap Up


Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. Thank you for sharing your review of The Vampire Within, this sounds like a book and series that I will enjoy reading


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The Vampire Within sends a teenage boy on a search for answers, leading to a powerful vampire determined to reconnect with her mate.3.5-STAR REVIEW: THE VAMPIRE WITHIN by Laura Daleo