5 Fang Review: Sanguinary by Margo Bond Collins


By: Margo Bond Collins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dark Fantasy, Fiction, suspense, Thriller, urban fantasy, Vampires
Pages: 188
Series: The Night Shift #1
Publisher: Bathory Gate Press
Published on: October 8, 2014
5 Fang Review: Sanguinary by Margo Bond Collins

Only fifty years left before vampires rule the world.

When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city's vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department.

But she didn't know then what she knows now: there's a silent war raging between humans and vampires, and the vampires are winning.

So with the help of a disaffected vampire and an ex-cop addict, Cami is going undercover, determined to solve a series of recent murders, discover a way to overthrow the local Sanguinary government, and, in the process, help win the war for the human race.

But can she maintain her own humanity in the process? Or will Cami find herself, along with the rest of the world, pulled under a darkness she cannot oppose?

Also by this author: Fairy, Texas, Legally Undead, Bound By Blood

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Melanie’s Review


Sanguinary really starts with a bang, and carries that crazy momentum through the rest of the book. This book has violence, excitement, suspense, betrayal, love, and all kinds of crazy things going on that truly made this a great book. I read it way too fast, in one day, because I couldn’t put it down! Those are my favorite types of books though I’m always sad when they end.


Sanguinary is a great start to Collins Night Shift series. I enjoyed this book immensely. It had just the right amount of each element listed above that it was a perfect balance of activity. I didn’t find myself wanting to skim sections or wishing the end would come already. I was excited to find out what would happen at the end, but I didn’t actually want it to be finished.


Margo Bond Collins has a great sense of humor, in my opinion, as well. There is always something in each of her books that totally cracks me up. In Sanguinary, it’s the scene with the bats. You’ll know it when you read it. I can’t say I’ve read anything that happens the same was as this scene, and it was very entertaining.



The characters in Sanguinary are well done and interesting. We are given enough info to form our own opinions of who they are, but she still leaves a little bit to the imagination for later. For example, the male lead, Reece is a super sexy alpha type of male vampire. He’s also Cami’s contact for her undercover job. As good as he seems some of the time, there are other times, based on his actions and clues from other characters, where I really wonder where his loyalties lie. We never get Reece’s full story, but we get enough to make our own decision as to whether he’s a hero or a villain. I seriously hope I chose correctly!



 Cami is a cop who goes undercover to try to infiltrate the local vampire government and find out exactly what is going on with them. I liked her character for the most part. She seemed to have a genuine sense of right vs wrong. She is compassionate and tends to think of things from a logical point of view before jumping to conclusions.



Essentially Sanguinary is a very good book if you like vampire action books with light romantic elements. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is into that sort of thing.


5 fangs


About Margo Bond Collins

Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.


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